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    Doing my undergrad at SLU (not in SLP), so I can give some insights as well!
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    Applications 2019

    Exciting! See you in class next fall. Not exactly grad school related, but I just got the first draft of my thesis done! I still have to do edits on three chapters that my advisor reviewed, but all of the big writing is out of the way.
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    Applications 2019

    Attended Nova's Admitted Students Day and couldn't be happier with my choice!
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    Chances of actually getting off of a waitlist

    I was notified in late Feb. (I think) that I was on the waitlist for Loyola Chicago's PhD program. The graduate program director basically let me know that they were giving other offers out first and that I had a strong application, but they'd have to let me know later. I got a voicemail yesterday that I was accepted. I had a friend last year who was waitlisted at Harvard for a philosophy PhD, and she was accepted from the waitlist a couple of days after April 15. It's possible, but it really depends on the program!
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    Dealing with an F on a transcript

    This may be an unpopular opinion, but I'm not sure I'd address it unless you have to. I have an F on my transcript from freshman year (though in a course unrelated to my major), and still got into all of the Masters programs I applied to and a PhD program. If you're asked about it, don't lie, but I personally just didn't address it.
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    PhD: History or Literature and Culture?

    If you want to get a Masters degree, Columbia has a program that's History and Literature, located in Paris. They have fellowships and need-based financial aid available. That being said, the program has somewhat of a reputation of being a cash cow, but it might be a good back-up option if you can afford it.
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    Which languages should I focus the most on?

    Okay, I went through and thought about everything in this thread, all of which I'm very appreciative for. My apologies for being short and frankly rude earlier; my mental health hasn't been in the best spot, obviously. My concentration for my MA is definitely going to be European history, and I'm going to be taken a course on Medieval history (the focus is going to be largely social and cultural, including intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, and global encounters in Medieval England, France, and Iberia) in addition to my required Theory and Methods course. Since I want to apply to a PhD program again after getting my Masters, I will likely take @WhaleshipEssex's advice and produce research during the spring/summer while reading more, though I plan on continuing reading through next fall, obviously! I may take the research project from the Medieval history course and refine it. I'm temporally most interested in the High to Late Medieval period, into the Renaissance, in urban areas of England and north and central Italy. I'm going to use the rest of this semester and the summer to really come up with questions that I'm interested in, since I'm sure my current questions of what was life really like and are the preconceived notions that we have about the Medieval period really correct are a bit too broad. Regarding language, I'll be taking an intensive Latin course over the summer (as well as referring to the Latin course by the National Archives of the UK, which is specifically Medieval Latin) and will also be working on French and German.
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    Applications 2019

    Just got a voicemail that I was accepted to Loyola's PhD program! I'm not going to take the offer (no real European history and it's unranked) but it's exciting nonetheless.
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    Which languages should I focus the most on?

    Thanks for the feedback, everyone! I will be taking a French class in the fall (the instructor basically told me not to worry about doing the coursework beyond practicing, which was reassuring) and an intensive Latin class over the summer. I will also be working on German. Re my research interests: I will be continuing my independent reading and taking a medieval history course this coming fall. I will also be continuing to narrow my interests (while, to a small extent, exploring them).
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    Which languages should I focus the most on?

    With all due respect, I chose a program for flexibility after talking with several of my professors at my undergraduate institution as well as the advice of the professors at the graduate institution. I've also been reading in my spare time, and (as I've said before on this thread) am heavily leaning towards medieval history, with a strong interest in cross-cultural ideas of women & gender (to an extent through an intersectional framework) and the intersection of religion and public health, as well as urban society and stratification. I'm also interested in similar questions in modern and early modern Europe; however, I'm leaning towards the medieval period. Just because I haven't spelled out all of my reading and personal exploration here doesn't mean I'm just interested in the idea of the PhD or that I'm wholly incompetent. I knew French and Latin- both of which I'm beginning to learn and planning to take courses on -but I wanted to know if there was any other language that I should take.
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    Which languages should I focus the most on?

    I'm taking an intensive Latin over the summer, as it would be a bit more difficult than French. One of the emphases of my program is the exploration of one's research interests, and the flexibility is one of the reasons I chose this MA program in the first place.
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    Which languages should I focus the most on?

    Not taken as harsh at all! What I was afraid of, but not harsh.
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    Which languages should I focus the most on?

    I took a course my freshman year of college that was a Russian Civilization and Culture class. We focused on medieval Russia, the Primary Chronicle, iconography, and church buildings. Our textbooks (one about medieval Russia as a whole, one about women in Russian history) really sparked an interest in medieval Russia, which ended up evolving into an interest in medieval and imperial Russia. I want to do academic research with my PhD, with a lesser interest in exploring archeological work (I've talked extensively to a professor at my current undergrad about marrying the two).
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    Which languages should I focus the most on?

    Thanks for your concern! I'm much more interested in medieval history than anything else, but I'm still fully fleshing out what exactly I want to focus on. My concentration in my Masters program is going to be European history, more than likely medieval. I'll definitely have a more clear idea when it comes time to write a thesis and apply to PhD programs again.
  15. I'll be using some time in my Masters program on language training, which I felt was a huge missing piece from my PhD applications this time around. I'm interested in medieval to early modern Europe (especially Italy, England, and Russia), but I'm also interested (to a lesser extent) in modern European history. I'm already fluent in Italian thanks to an Italian studies major. I'm thinking French and Latin for sure, but I'm not sure if I should take Russian (possibly to get some idea of Old Church Slavonic), German, or something else.

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