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    Reading, Writing, Theatre, History, Museums, Studying
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    M.A. Classical Studies

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  1. Congrats, that's excellent! I've heard really good things about their Classics program (I did my undergrad in Delaware, so I was close by!). Good luck with the interview!
  2. Congrats to everyone who has gotten acceptances/interviews! And for those who are still waiting to hear back, hang in there!
  3. Oh, that's awesome! I hope more schools offer funding for their MA programs. I was lucky with Villanova and got the Tuition Scholarship, but I'm not sure how many spots they offer per year, but as a Tuition Scholar, it's only 7 hours per week and tuition/fees are waived. Still paid for books and materials but a majority of the resources they use are free, I just liked having physical copies of certain works. Yes! He actually helped me reformat my CV for Fall 2021 PhD applications; he's super! Best of luck with your application!
  4. I just saw this on Twitter the other day; I can point to a few scholars who got their degree from Rutgers on Twitter who know about the program if anyone is interested in talking to them about the Classics department! The main alum I would point out is David J. Wright: https://twitter.com/rmavirumquecano - I talk to him a lot on Twitter and he's super cool! There are a lot of other folks, too, but he's who I talked to the most about this program.
  5. Hello, all! I am prepping for my PhD applications and I want to get started on my statement of purposes/interest/personal statements early since I'll be applying to about 5-6 schools and want to have everything ready for them, so I thought I would focus on these first. Would anyone be willing to share theirs with me so I can get an idea of what you said (either here or message me, if you want to not have it out publicly). I have quite a few years of museum work under my belt, one season of dig experience, and I have an MA in Museum Studies & I'll be getting my MA in Classical Studies in May. The programs I'm applying to are the following: IPCAA at the University of Michigan, Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College, ISAW at NYU, and PAMW at the University of Chicago. If anyone has any general advice about writing these as well that's not mentioned in previous forum posts, I'm all ears!
  6. So, I discovered this program(me) recently because I tend to just look around at other universities for fun because I compile resource pages for aspiring Classicists and thought some of you might be interested in the program(me). It's entirely online and the courses they have on offer include ancient Egypt, which I think is a great thing. Another great thing about this program(me) is that it can be taken as individual courses, a Postgraduate Certificate, or a Postgraduate Diploma if you don't want to pursue the full Master of Science with the dissertation. I've put the link below for folks who might want to check it out. It's relatively new, as I was hunting around for a program like this in 2018 when I finished my other MA. Enjoy! https://www.ed.ac.uk/history-classics-archaeology/graduate-school/programmes/masters-degree-programmes/classics-programmes/ancient-world-online
  7. Well, since everyone is anxiously awaiting their results, my only wisdom is find distractions!! I am certainly guilty of consistently refreshing my e-mail to see if I have any good news, but that'll drive you bonkers. Find something you really like and try to distract yourself with it so it'll keep you occupied while you wait for the results. I watch a lot of TV & knit, so I have something to do with my hands while I watch it (although if I'm re-watching something, I tend to play mobile games on my phone), so you're not constantly thinking about results. My next application session is Fall 2021, so I'm going to be busy prepping for that myself. Other things too, if you can't keep your focus off school, is reading blogs about things you should bring with you, get active on Academic Twitter because there's a really strong Classics/History community on there, etc. Other than that, if anyone just wants to vent their anxieties about apps at me, I'm always down to talk! I hope y'all get good news soon!
  8. Good luck to everyone applying this season! I hope you all get your responses swiftly!
  9. You're welcome! And if you have any questions about anything, feel free to message me or address me here :3
  10. Thank you! I'm super excited about my upcoming classes. We're doing a Gender & Sexuality in the Ancient World course, so I'm really anxious to start the Fall semester!
  11. Hello all! Since I am considering a few different places for my Ph.D., I was curious about the culture of the colleges/universities you're attending that you enjoy there. Bryn Mawr College is currently my top choice for my potential Ph.D. program, so I'd be extremely interested in that school in particular. I figured it would help if everyone shared their current institution's community/culture on-campus so others can get an idea of how the schools are; I'm interested in both inside and outside of the academic aspect. For example, what's the library situation like? What are the housing options like? Is it easy to get around? Is it loud/quiet at night? Can you walk to places easily or do you need to have a car to get around? Do you interact with graduate students from other departments often? What are some of the school traditions that you enjoy partaking in and why? What's around that you do for fun that has nothing to do with academia? Are there extracurriculars you do on campus, or is it all off-campus? How close are you with your cohort? Did I miss anything? Overall, I just want to know about everyone's experience at their campus and in their program, especially in the following programs: Bryn Mawr College (Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology), Brown (Archaeology and the Ancient World), UC Berkeley (Ancient History & Mediterranean Archaeology), UPenn (Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World), NYU (ISAW), University of Michigan (Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology (IPCAA)), and the University of Chicago (Graduate Program in the Ancient Mediterranean World). I'm interested in everyone's current experiences. What do you like best about the program and the interaction of profs/students, etc.? I just want to hear a little bit about each of the kinds of cultures because I want to make good decisions on which schools I'll be deciding on and I want to hear the perspective of students who are there already (and if you want to send me a message about anything, in particular, you don't want to discuss publicly on the forum about your program if it's one of the ones on my list, please do!). I've looked around and haven't seen much about BMC in particular, but I figured it would be good to start this thread to discuss how the cultures of graduate Classics programs are at different schools. Sorry if this is a bit ramble-y, but I am going to visit some of these schools and think it's important to get an idea of how everything fits together before I even do that. Thanks in advance!
  12. I would love to contribute under the categories of 2 and 4!
  13. Hello, all! I just saw this, so I wanted to say hello! I'm doing my VU degree by distance (Classical Studies), but it's still good to (virtually) meet everyone!
  14. I'm not in your field/school, but I completed my MA in Museum Studies, and I'm 50% done with my second MA in Classical Studies, both of which I did/am doing while employed full-time at a museum. (Additionally, I have Tuition Scholar duties through my graduate school that I complete in order to get my funding, so that's another 7+ hours a week of commitment). Since you've always worked full-time through school, that's an advantage because you already have the time management skills you'll probably need. The only thing that differs for me in my current program is that I use 3-9 days of vacation time for finals (whether they're exams or papers) just to give me time to focus on only my schooling around the time that those things are due. (It's doable without taking off as well, but I have found that this improves my work). I hope this helps!
  15. I completed my Roman Drama summer course, which means I'm officially 50% of the way through my MA in Classical Studies 😄
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