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About ClassicsCandidate

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  • Birthday September 21

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  • Interests
    Reading, Writing, Theatre, History, Museums, Studying
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
  • Program
    Classical Studies
  1. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Take deep breaths! You'll be great. And oh that's so exciting! Congrats on the interview with Penn! Best of luck And yay for the Chicago interview! I just started talking with one of the grad students currently in the Program in the Ancient Mediterranean World, and she seems to love the program a lot. Part of the MA program I've applied to has archaeology and culture courses as part of the program, and I'll be doing a field school in Bulgaria in July for some practical experience since I want to go for a more interdisciplinary program but plan on doing Classical Archaeology as part of my program. So, not specifically and not this year, but I will be in a couple of years!
  2. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Thanks! I'm going to try to distract myself with my current coursework so I don't wake up every day thinking "Is it February yet?" It's so nerve-wracking!
  3. Fall 2018 Applicants

    That's really good to know! I was looking into Princeton for potential Ph.D. options (I'm only applying to MA-level programs right now), so I'll keep that in mind for a year from now!
  4. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Congrats on the interview! Those are all excellent programs, I hope you hear from more of them soon!
  5. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Congrats on the acceptance to Oxford and the interview at Duke to that person I'm lurking as well to see if anyone else has gotten results while I wait for mine!
  6. Fall 2018 Applicants

    For the first program I applied to, we're supposed to e-mail the director to indicate our campus of choice because there is an online option and a campus option and there isn't anywhere to indicate it on the application. I just heard back from her and she told me the accepted individuals will be notified after February 1st. At least my new semester starts soon and I'll have something else to distract me! *bites nails anxiously*
  7. Distance Ed MA in History

    I have looked at a fair few distance programs in history; do you have a specific concentration in mind? And are you looking for an MA or a Ph.D.? I know a few schools in the U.S. have M.A.s in History online, but I think any distance options for a Ph.D. level study I've only seen offered in the U.K. So, what are the parameters you're looking for? Do you prefer it to be in the U.S., the U.K., or another place? If you're looking in the U.S., here's a list of some M.A. programs: You can also search on It depends on what your definition of a "good" program is, as well. A lot of these schools are good schools but I would dive into some research on whether the program is a right fit for your goals. The only ancient history programs (one of my options I looked at) were all in the U.K.; University of Wales Trinity St. David is where I'm looking to apply if I don't get into my American program because they have a distance option as well. Best of luck to you!
  8. Fall 2018 Applicants

    That's what I said!! My first MA program got back to me in five days so I'm gonna try to distract myself with YouTube for now and cross all my fingers.
  9. Fall 2018 Applicants

    So, I actually just put the final touches on my application and I turned in my first one. Not 20 minutes after I submitted it, the status moved to "under review." I'm so anxious now!
  10. Fall 2018 Applicants

    I've got so many reading lists off sites and now I'm trying to cross-reference them to see how many of them overlap and add in additional ones from other schools to try and get a lot of reading done if I can. I'm preparing to go to my first field school now, so I'm a little anxious about that but resting is always good! My program application isn't due until February, so I'm still tailoring things to the last bit and honestly I'm just trying to bite the bullet and make myself send it already. The UK school I'm applying to allows you up to six weeks before the term starts to apply, so I was going to wait to see what response I got from my American application first. Hey, Bogut! I was a sub-3.0 student and had a 3.0+ major GPA, but some Latin/Greek courses were less than stellar. However, I have done an independent study as an undergrad, professional work involving Classical archaeology (museum identification and artifact provenance), and I'm going to be doing a field school excavation this summer, which I feel like will help my odds against my undergrad GPA. Additionally, my current MA is in Museums and I have a 3.86 (a 3.9 predicted at the end of the semester) and plan on doing an MA in Classical Studies before heading to a Ph.D. program. I have a plan A, a plan B, and a plan C all laid out for myself. I feel that if you have strong experience in the field, it'll boost your chances. Best of luck to you!
  11. What piece(s) of advice would you give to new TAs?

    Thank you for that information! It's good to know that that's how it'll be for an online course. That seems rather manageable if I'm doing a full-time online course load and whatnot. I appreciate your input!
  12. I've replied :3 Best of luck!
  13. Hello, all! I'm still in the process of editing my writing sample, but the issue I'm trying to figure out is the writing style. The most recent paper I have is from an interdisciplinary foundations graduate course, but the professor required us to use APA. Should I keep it that way if I'm applying to a Classical Studies MA program? I've been trying to figure out if I should make it Chicago before putting it in with my application; the biggest issue I'm concerned about is that the writing sample is what the university uses to judge whether to offer the student funding or not. So, I want to make sure the formatting is done well in addition to the paper being written well. Since it also deals with disabilities studies in my paper, I suppose the APA might be okay, but I'm nervous about it. Any suggestions?
  14. I've been in contact with some professors in the programs I'm applying to, and I've noticed a lot of the people in Classics/Archaeology/Ancient History also come from top programs, but when I look at PhD students at the programs I'm interested in for that degree, there are a few from smaller or "lesser known" institutions. So, I think it's possible! It may be different from school to school and the departments. I'm beginning to narrow my search down now that I know which programs look good and have knocked a few top-level programs off my list because none of the professors specialize in what I would like to do with my dissertation. I don't think you should lose faith - if you do well in your MA and have relevant research - I think it won't be too hard to get into top institutions!
  15. Fall 2018 Applicants

    I'll be doing this right now while I finish up my Museum Studies work while I wait to hear back from my Classics programs. I'm working a 9-5 (well, 8:30-5:30, technically) job right now and plan on doing my schoolwork and brushing up in between. Moving always takes the most energy (second after applying!) to me, anyway. But it always helps to know what people did / planned to do vs. what they ended up doing before starting a program.