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  1. I saw the DGS yesterday - all the emails are out as well as the waitlist. HMES and HEAL is different story though, I'm not sure what is going on with them, but I bet they follow a similar pattern. I just want to say congratulations to everyone admitted to Harvard and that i look forward to seeing you all very soon during visiting students day!
  2. We had the faculty meeting on graduate admissions on Monday, so most likely individual POIs are beginning to send out emails/make calls.
  3. If anyone is admitted to Harvard, DM me if you would like some information on the faculty, graduate students, program, school, etc, etc. I am a first year PhD there, a member of the HGSA and helping to coordinate this years admissions visit. Tomorrow is the official faculty meeting on graduate admissions, so everyone who applied should receive something in the next week or two.
  4. Current Harvard PhD student here - to my knowledge, McCormick students are often funded through this program called the "Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard." Basically McCormick has been working on this for a while and many of his recent admits are working on it as well, so they are funded through the program and not through the graduate school. That being said, I have a person in my cohort who is working with McCormick. I can connect you if you'd like. https://sohp.fas.harvard.edu/
  5. If it is lecture based, I typically bring a notebook and pen and put down some scribbles. For discussions and seminar style classes, I bring a notebook but I don't take notes. I just jot down any ideas, books, people, etc, that I find important. Most likely the theory and methods course, much like my "Writing History" course in the upcoming semester, will be a series of discussions about the reading material assigned that day. In that case, I typically take detailed notes, usually one or two sentences per page, and then a chapter summary. Of course, all of this depends on the amount assig
  6. Anyone at Northwestern University visiting?
  7. Haha, same! I have an honors thesis to write, archives to go through, and man, it is tough. Although there is a great sense of stability that I feel now.
  8. Who did you write to work with? I'm visiting the department next week - I can feel out some specific people if you'd like me to.
  9. This is a somewhat off topic question, but is it ever okay to ask a prof who wrote you a letter of recommendation to look at it after you receive notification from graduate school?
  10. Go with the one who funds, that being School B, unless you hear back on funding from School A. I'm sure they would offer funding for the PhD at School A, so it might be the MA you'd have to pay for. In this case, I would recommend School B. One, you'll get funded, and if they fund for an MA, that usually indicates that there is other money there (research assistant, more chances to TA for extra cash, etc) for MA students. Two, it'll probably give you more flexibility if you are still wanting to change fields. From what I know about MA to PhD programs is that you start the beginnings of your di
  11. I heard back from Harvard - admitted w/funding. To my knowledge they have sent out all their admits, waitlists, and rejections.
  12. 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.
  13. 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. I
  14. Haha, I've only been admitted to graduate school for a few weeks now and I have discovered this.
  15. 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 mor
  16. 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
  17. 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!
  18. 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/fa
  19. 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 somet
  20. Got waitlisted at UM! Two admits, one waitlist - now waiting on three other programs!
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Just received word from Harvard that the application committees list has been approved! I am *GSAS* officially admitted to Harvard's history PhD!
  24. 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...
  25. 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.
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