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About urbanhistorynerd

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    2019 Fall
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    Ph. D. in history

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  1. urbanhistorynerd

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Got waitlisted at UMD as an "alternate for funding and admission." Nice but my blood shines crimson now. Has anyone else heard back from UMD? I specifically applied to work with David Freund.
  2. urbanhistorynerd

    420 Friendly in Graduate School

    Good information - and interesting/useful comments - and my dilemma is this: part of being an legalization activist is also being open (not loud) about your drug use in a movement to normalize it. Of course, it never be a thing I'd eagerly bring up in conversation say with a staff member or my adviser, but with my colleagues, it be the same way I'd discuss alcohol. Additionally, I think legalization in Massachusetts makes for a different attitude than say in Texas or New Mexico. And @Sigaba very true regarding drug usage and the possible or sometimes even likely effects on your studies. In the case I'm thinking of, it be similar to take a weekend or a day off and relaxing, but with cannabis. And I'm not sure about Harvard. I'd assume that the stick goes further up. Going to working class oriented university, I've found that most of my professors have been very open about their recreational usage. I think that is an intersection of the 'student ghetto' and strong counterculture in the neighborhood that surrounds my university and that we've been known to historically harbor faculty that are way more sympathetic and engaged in those lifestyles. But, I'm sure I'll have to adjust that perspective a lot when it comes time to go to the Ivy.
  3. urbanhistorynerd

    How many times to apply?

    Haha, I've only been admitted to graduate school for a few weeks now and I have discovered this.
  4. urbanhistorynerd

    420 Friendly in Graduate School

    Hello everybody! This is a sort of an odd question, but with cannabis legalization & decriminalization along with the progressive acceptance of recreational use, I'm wondering how that flows in graduate school. Of course, I'm not speaking to actively smoking a joint in your department lobby, but among grad students & professors, what is the overall feel about this? Specifically when it comes to graduate student recreational or medical use. I've been a member of Students for Sensible Drug Policies for a while now, so I've always felt that my opinions on drug usage have been far more liberal than most people's, but I've been surprised at a few responses recently. In short, is going home with a few colleagues and sparking a spliff as normal (or getting that way) as leaving class and getting drunk at the bar? Also - my apologies if I am breaking a rule on this forum/website my discussing drug usage.
  5. urbanhistorynerd

    How many times to apply?

    Yes! And at the end of the day, no matter what, we will always be scholars. I've always been afraid that if I don't land a tenure-track job, I won't ever get to live the 'life of the mind' like all my professors do. But I've realized that the 'life of the mind' I want to live in isn't so dependent on my job - and that is what a professorship is, a job. If I was a coal miner or an admin assistant or even if I taught high school or whatever, yes my time is limited, but I'll read the way I read now, I'll still write the way I write now, and I'll still think the way I think now. If 6-8 hours a day five days a week are spent working, you have all that other time to read, think, and write. As a working class student, I've consistently worked 25-30 hours a week while going to school. I made the time to read, think, and write. Plenty of other people in this nation do too. If we slice down who is a 'scholar' and who isn't based on a job position, then I think we are limiting the idea of scholarship and intellectualism. I don't know if that is other people's fears, but that has always been mine. But I've been able to rectify it.
  6. urbanhistorynerd

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Nice!!! I don't know if their admitted students days are the same as the History Dept, but if they are, I'll see you then!
  7. urbanhistorynerd

    How many times to apply?

    Personally, my plan would have been - if I was rejected to all my programs - get some sort of low-paid admin job in Hyde Park Chicago, move there with my partner, and keep applying til I get in or until I lose interest. It all depends on you, but I would apply to those programs who showed interest again next year. Although applications are time consuming, it is definitely doable if you are working full time. Maybe try getting a gig at a museum or even substitute teaching, or really anywhere! You have the BA and an MA, so keep reading to stay abreast of your field and keep in close contact w/faculty - maybe take a class a semester with them.
  8. urbanhistorynerd

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    So basically, you're admitted - unless you've lied on your application or something crazy. Congrats! I would just say be yourself. Express your thanks, your interest, and ask any questions on funding, the program, etc. Be genuine, especially if this is going to be your pick. The DGS would probably expect you to be very happy and that it will show in your email. Also, don't feel obliged to tell them that you committed to the program (if you did). Say you are very seriously considering and are very thankful to recieve the opportunity - and maybe that this program is the top on your list or something. Congratulation once more!
  9. urbanhistorynerd

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Got waitlisted at UM! Two admits, one waitlist - now waiting on three other programs!
  10. urbanhistorynerd

    Choosing a minor field

    What about Eastern Europe within a Global Context? That way, you'll get the "traditional" education in Russia/Eastern Europe but also a mix of global history as well. I'm thinking more of the connections between Central Asia/Asia Minor/Middle East and Eastern Europe. Of course, this is outside of my realm of study, but as the trend shifts to more transnational/global history, it'll be good to essentially "globalize" as much of your research as possible. Also - I think we're discovering that the world pre-1492 was much, much, more globally connected than we previously thought.
  11. urbanhistorynerd

    Advice for Fall 2020 Applicants

    My top advice is to setup a timeline of application process. I started 8 months before they were due. This helped out immensely because I was really able to think about my application, research interests, and potential profs/schools. I literally sketched out a timeline with important deadlines. I found that this was really good practice for when it came to writing my honors thesis.
  12. urbanhistorynerd

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Just received word from Harvard that the application committees list has been approved! I am *GSAS* officially admitted to Harvard's history PhD!
  13. urbanhistorynerd

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    That was mine! I never ended up submitting it. In fact, even though a couple people here posted they got in, I don't think anyone has submitted theirs. And I filled it out incorrectly. This is sign that I shouldn't try doing anything without two cups of coffee in the morning...
  14. urbanhistorynerd

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Apperently they sent out 19 acceptances, but I'm unsure how many waitlisted people there are. From another person who applied, they told me 34 people made it to the top 10%. But I'm assuming they are going to send waitlisted notification soon. So, you never know.
  15. urbanhistorynerd

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    From what another student admitted to Harvard's program told me - and this is coming from his POI, so it is a little down the grapevine - Harvard sent out all the acceptances already. Next week we're suppose to receive the *official* letter from GSAS w/funding info. Of course, this is only from one person so it isn't 100%. I'll inquire about it when I speak to my POI next week though.

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