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About historygeek

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  • Birthday February 15

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  • Location
    Saint Louis
  • Interests
    Comparative gender history (Italy and the US), immigration history, the intersection of gender and ethnicity, urban history
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
  • Program
    History PhD

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  1. historygeek

    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    Hi everyone. I'm applying to grad school for Fall 2019 because I love doing history research, want to do it at the graduate level, and want to do it as a career. I'm applying to six schools because of the fit, placement, housing, etc. I'm also applying for the 2019 Teach for America corps (I applied last year but was rejected) to teach social studies, because I've loved working as a tutor and helping out in classrooms in the public school district in my city. The thing is, I want to do both. Both of them excite me. Getting a PhD has been my dream since I became a history major, primarily because of the creation of history. But it also excites me and inspired to try to make a difference through education, as cliche as it sounds. I realize it's a thankless job, that it's hard, that TFA is somewhat ethically ambiguous... But I want to do both. I don't know. I just needed to get my thoughts out there, I think!
  2. historygeek

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Yeah, I decided on 6 based on availability of housing, fit/response from POIs, and funding packages. I definitely wasn't being critical enough.
  3. historygeek

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Yeah, I think that my current list is fine. They have strengths in my field, decent placement records, and faculty I think I would fit well with. I'm kind of upset that Loyola Chicago's placement record and reputation isn't better- they have a specific program in transnational urban history. Oh well. Thanks for the input, everyone!
  4. historygeek

    Writing Sample Swaps?

    Great! I'm almost done with my sample, then I'll put it on Google Docs and PM you.
  5. historygeek

    Is getting a PhD worth it?

    This made me feel a bit better. I decided to go for the PhD-- it's my dream, and has been for years. I don't think I would be truly happy as just a teacher; the production of history is my main source of enjoyment. I am, however, completely prepared to not stay in academia and work in a museum, archives, etc.
  6. historygeek

    Can writing sample be published/under review?

    I'm not sure what your field is, but in history, you can submit a published work. Often, they just request that you mention the publication.
  7. historygeek

    Writing Sample Swaps?

    I would love to do this! I was actually thinking of posting something like this myself.
  8. historygeek

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    A majority have been positive; I've tried to be careful in who I've reached out to. I'm only applying to schools where POI have given me enthusiastic and positive responses-- my POI at Harvard said she would strongly encourage that I apply, one at Columbia said she'd love to work with me if I get accepted, one at NYU said my interests fit "squarely" with hers and those in the department, etc.
  9. historygeek

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    That's reassuring to hear! I honestly have such imposter syndrome and self-doubt that I'm petrified that I'm not a strong applicant, I think. My GPA isn't great (3.45 overall, but a 3.82 in history), and my GRE scores were okay (160V, 5.5AW). I have 3 languages that are relevant, 2 internship experiences, 3 strong LORs, and an optional honors thesis in a relevant topic. My advisor says I have a first-rate application, but I struggle with confidence and optimism.
  10. historygeek

    How to contact PhD faculty of interest?

    I'm not in your field, but here's a message that I sent a POI. I've redacted some info: I am a rising senior at Saint Louis University interested in pursuing a graduate degree at ABC. I am contacting you because of your work in [xyz]. My research interests lie in the presence of ethnically othered, second-generation immigrant women in public space in urban settings during the twentieth century. I am particularly interested in exploring this vis-a-vis sexual identity and activity, beauty and fashion, food desire, and participation in social movements. I would suggest that a multiplicity of identity- including ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, and gender identity -were key to how women participated in recreation, as well as how the broader American society reacted to them. While I realize that your area of expertise is in [xyz], I am nevertheless hopeful that you could ascertain if my interests match yours and those expressed by the faculty at ABC. I look forward to speaking with you further. I hope this was somewhat helpful!
  11. historygeek

    GRE AW Essay Swap?

    If you want, I can take a look at your essays! I took the GRE already, and got a 5.5 on the AW portion.
  12. In the history forum, people have mentioned having long phone calls with POI. None of the professors I've reached out to have offered a phone call- should I be worried? Or am I being over-dramatic?
  13. historygeek

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I'm chugging along on my writing sample. My SOPs are in good shape, I think. I am a bit concerned that no POI has mentioned a phone call- is this normal? Should I be worried? I am interested in finding a couple more programs to apply to. If anyone has any suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated! My research interests are in the presence of Italian-, Greek-, and Russian-Jewish-American women in public space during the twentieth century. I am particularly interested in sexual identity and activity, food desire, fashion and beauty, and participation in social movements. I'm considering the MA program at Toronto and looking closely at Yale and Wisconsin, but I'm not sure.
  14. historygeek

    Is getting a PhD worth it?

    Out of reactions for the day, but thank you for this. One of my biggest problems is self-doubt.
  15. historygeek

    Is getting a PhD worth it?

    I am thinking of applying to a couple funded masters programs in history, in addition to (or perhaps instead of) the education program. I know that my undergraduate school has funded MAs, and through the search feature, I’ve found a great list of other funded programs.

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