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About historygeek

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    Saint Louis
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
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    History

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  1. historygeek

    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    I'm p much going in blind to grad school apps and I'm 99.9% sure I probably won't get into any schools ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I really screwed myself over freshman year so now my cumulative GPA is only a 3.45. And of goddamn course I want to be an academic so I'm gonna be struggling to get into these really good schools, I think my interests are dumb/impractical in the long run, and I genuinely have no idea what I'm doing lmao
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    How many is too many?

    Thanks for the responses everyone! I’m definitely applying to Columbia, Harvard, NYU, UCLA, and Michigan— hopefully my application will be strong enough. I’m a pretty strong writer if I do say so myself, but I still plan on starting a writing sample and my SOPs soon.
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    How many is too many?

    I certainly didn’t mean to come off as dismissive of your feedback— I really appreciate it. I was just trying to share the information that I had received.
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    How many is too many?

    Yes, I've been thinking about mid-level programs I could apply to. Does anyone have any suggestions? I was thinking Boston College, George Washington... I have no idea.
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    How many is too many?

    I actually emailed Diner; she responded very positively that my interests fit with hers.
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    How many is too many?

    These are great suggestions; I'll keep them in mind. Yes, I'm planning on writing the SOP soon!
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    Writing sample?

    Yes, the Herlands Report is a primary source that I used!
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    How many is too many?

    Yeah, Loyola is at the bottom of my list and will more than likely be cut (unless I apply to their MA program, which is unlikely). I think I’ll also probably pass on the schools in the UK as well; everything else aside, it’d be a logistical nightmare.
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    How many is too many?

    Hi everyone! I'm starting to narrow down my grad school choices. I had initially thought of applying to 10-12, but many people have said that that's probably a bit too many schools. My interests are the history of Italian women in Italy and the US during the twentieth century (I'm also interested in just Italian-American history and the UK). Any help (or program suggestions) would be great! I was thinking of applying to the programs at: Columbia (my top choice, working with De Grazia/Hallett/Chauncey/Kobrin/Ngai) NYU (working with Diner/Ben-Ghiat/Gordon/Nolan) Harvard (working with Cohen/Clutario/Cott/McGirr) UCLA (working with Reiff/Higbie) UC Davis (working with Dickinson/Materson/Tsu/Oropeza) Indiana (working with Ipsen/Roos/Pergher/Gamber/Johnson) Michigan (working with Chin/Gaggio/Simmons) University College London (working with Körner/Sutcliffe-Braithwaite/Jennings) Loyola Chicago (working with Cardoza/Gorn/Frateriggo) Wash U STL (working with Garb/Flowe) Edinburgh (working with Ugolini/Jackson)
  10. historygeek

    How many is too many?

    Hi everyone! I'm starting to think about how many grad programs that I should apply to. I was planning on applying to 10-12: mostly PhD programs, as well as a couple of masters programs. However, I've heard that this is probably way too many! I think that my biggest worry is that I just won't get in, which is why I was planning on applying to so many. Help?
  11. historygeek

    How strong is my application really?

    Thanks for the suggestion— my faculty mentor has suggested looking into different UCs; it’s good to know Davis might be of interest! Yeah, a lot of possible mentors are in my specific field (the closest is Dr. Diner at NYU, who does Jewish immigration history), but I’ve tried my best to find people who are in similar fields, so far with a decent amount of success.
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    How strong is my application really?

    Thank you so much for this comment— it was really insightful and helpful to me. In my statements of purpose, I plan to be much more specific in my interests. I do plan to connect my honors thesis to my research interests by discussing how heavily I relied on Italian sources to draw parallels between life for Italian-Americans in Saint Louis and their countrymen abroad. While doing my research, I became primarily fascinated with women, especially beauty, fashion, sex (et al), just because I’ve always had an interest in what my life as a woman would have been like in different historical settings, and I want to explore how female recreation and agency existed within the context of patriarchal societal and ethnic constraints. I definitely will take into consideration how to rephrase these interests and my ultimate career interests; this isn’t something that I hadn’t really considered, so I appreciate the fact that you brought it up! As for your last point, I’ve planned to only apply to programs that have multiple faculty members that I could work with. I plan on applying to about 10-12 programs.
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    How strong is my application really?

    I want to be an academic because I want to complicate the popular narratives of what it means to be an Italian woman and to highlight (and attempt to explain) how Italian and Italian-American culture became so fundamentally different. Of course, I do want to be a professor and help aspiring history students, but for me, it's primarily the research aspect that I find the most attractive. In my internships, the curatorial and more archivist duties were never something I loved as much as the research and higher education related aspects. ETA: I would also really prefer to go straight into grad school if possible for the fact that I feel like I'll be a lot more "in the swing" of history, more so than I would if I took a year off. My faculty mentor also recommended that I not take a year off.
  14. historygeek

    How strong is my application really?

    Thank you for your response! I have a writing sample that I'm thinking of using (it's pretty polished and uses a variety of primary sources), but it's not in my field of interest so I might rework a less polished piece to fit it in better.
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    How strong is my application really?

    As my junior year winds down, I've started to look into graduate schools. I've reached out to people of interest who I think I would work well with and have gotten very positive responses so far, and I am applying only to schools where I could work well with two or more members of the faculty. My field is the transnational history of Italian women in the United States and Italy. I'm a history and Italian studies double major at a decent, private, Jesuit university (Saint Louis University). Last year, I studied abroad through another private Jesuit school (Loyola Chicago) for a year in Italy. There, I was an intern at the Pontifico Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana, a Vatican higher education institute, and took Italian culture classes. Back home in Saint Louis, I served this semester as an intern at a local neighborhood center in Saint Louis' Italian neighborhood, where I did research about Italian-American history. This is the foundational work for the honors thesis I'll be working on next year, which is centered on the history of the Italian ethnic identity in Saint Louis. I also have different extracurricular activities and leadership position (historian in my sorority, president of Phi Alpha Theta, and treasurer of the Italian Club). I've also received awards, been on the Dean's List twice, and had a piece published. In addition to being fluent in Italian, I can also speak and read Spanish and Latin. I don't think I'll have trouble with letters of recommendation; I'm asking one of my thesis advisors who I've taken two classes with, my faculty mentor (who's another thesis advisor), and my internship supervisor for my current internship. My GPA is something that I'm worried about. I had an awful freshman year, so my GPA at the end of this semester will probably be about a 3.45. My history GPA is a 3.85 (the lowest grade I've gotten was a B freshman year), and my Italian GPA is a 3.71. I haven't taken the GRE yet. Knowing myself, I wouldn't be able to take a year off and then still have the motivation to try to go to graduate school. I'm applying to top programs, as well as some lower tier and MA programs.
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