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    European history, Dutch history, languages
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    2018 Fall
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  1. I've been thinking about the order of phone calls I will make: boyfriend, undergrad advisor, parents in that order. Then I would order mugs/tshirts for all of them. And then drink all the wine.
  2. Fall 2018 Applicants

    For some reason, the first thing I thought of was the scene in The Red Violin with the girl in Maoist China during the Cultural Revolution. I think your area of interest is very intriguing!
  3. Fall 2018 Admission

    I haven't heard anything from Minnesota, but others have heard that results will be out next week. I'm crossing everything crossable, though it's just hit me that my whole life path could change next week. I need a drink.
  4. Advice needed

    Best food I have ever had was street food in Rome. I may have gained 10 One of the first things I do when I go to a new European city is go to the grocery store, and you are right, there is no comparison between Italian and Dutch markets. There are something I love in the Dutch markets- Chocomel, Sinas Lite, the AH Branded Energy Drinks, Zout en Ei botterham. But, honestly, the best thing I have ever tasted was chestnuts I bought off a homeless guy in Rome roasted in a trashcan. The worst food I have ever had was in London, but that was coming off two weeks in Berlin, so everything tasted bland.
  5. Advice needed

    I'm obsessed with "Real American Hotdogs" on Museumplein and frites met oorlog. I also do like Nieuwe Haring, but I'm a fan of lutefisk too, so I don't know if I have real tastebuds, haha.
  6. Advice needed

    I've been working on my Italian lately and my 17th century Dutch is better than modern; I have problems still using hy instead of hij as one example. There's always room for improvement in language and now I feel like one of "those" Americans. Just means I need to get back to the Dutch!
  7. Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    I drive by the airport almost every day and I have that itch again. I haven't been able to leave the country since March and it's really bugging me. Maybe I'll take a trip as a reward if I get into grad school.
  8. Advice needed

    You would be able to go anywhere and do anything in the Netherlands in English, but older Dutchies will stare at you and make condescending remarks. I have spent many an afternoon on trips to A'dam sitting in a cafe off Museumplein with a group of old men talking about the horrors of American tourists that don't know how to speak Dutch or that the red lanes are BIKE lanes. TRY to learn some Dutch. It's really not that hard- almost like a mix of English and German. Albert Heijn is the main grocery chain there and you will find Dutch food to actually be GOOD. Het is veel lekker! <--that is phrase you should know (that is tasty) as well as Doen normaal! (be normal). Leopard print is huge in the Netherlands and Primark and Hema are the best places to shop. I could go on and on about stroopwafels, bitterballen, oliebollen, hagelslag, and nieuwe haring if you need me to. If you have questions about the Netherlands, I've traveled all over there- Utrecht, Amsterdam, Leiden, Den Haag, Nijmegen, Groningen, and Rotterdam.
  9. Call everyone. Cry. Chug wine. Not necessarily in that order.
  10. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Gap year was done in part to save money for grad school as well as the 10 years between high school and undergrad. Can cash in part of my IRA and my parents started buying baby bonds 31 years ago that have now matured. And, I do feel very lucky to have a supportive significant other. He knows what it’s like since he has his PhD. Health insurance will be a big one. As long as you teach a 50% load, they pay 100% of insurance. You just have to use University sponsored health care facilities if you don’t want a copay. For everything else, I have tricare. Money is something more grad students should think of. My family is also supportive. We have quite a few PhDs in the family and my father’s aunt and uncle will put in a few grand for books and supplies if I get in.
  11. Fall 2018 Applicants

    I might have thought you were responding directly to me because you quoted me. I guess I took that wrong.
  12. Fall 2018 Applicants

    I had a long response typed out, but didn’t want to put all my financials out there. Let’s just say my cash reserve will cover any expense that comes up. We just aren’t going to be able to put $60k down on a house and do grad school and live the same lifestyle. We can do two out of the three in any combination, but not all three.
  13. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Unless you live near campus, Arlington traffic is miserable. They were insane and put all of the sports complexes in the same area, so game days are horrendous. Dallas itself is miserable. I grew up in southern Oklahoma, so I spent a lot of time in the Dallas area.
  14. Fall 2018 Applicants

    You’re right. The only other city I have lived in is Austin. Was paying about $700 a month down there, but traffic was a killer. Minneapolis is a wonderful city. The cold isn’t as bad as people make it out to be and the snow is great. Summer really makes this the city to be, though.
  15. Fall 2018 Applicants

    If you break it down, Minneapolis isn’t really expensive. Rent is on par with major cities. I pay $900 a month for a one bedroom in uptown, utilities included. Sure, it’s a basement apartment with street parking, but I’m blocks away from anything I need. There is no tax on clothes or groceries. It is the most bikeable city in the USA, even beating out Seattle, so you don’t need a car. Light rail and buses are on time. Ice skating on the lakes is free. There are tons of festivals in the summer, so always something to do. And then there is the Great Minnesota Get Together (state fair). It’s the largest by attendance in the US.