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Nicator

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About Nicator

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  • Birthday 05/29/1993

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    New York
  • Interests
    Greek/Hellenistic/Near Eastern history
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    Ancient History

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  1. I did atrociously on the maths section of the GRE (only prepped for verbal, and when I say atrociously, I mean atrociously) and it didn't impact my applications. GRE results are extraordinarily unlikely to make or break an application. If you do reasonably well on verbal/AW nobody is going to give them a second glance. Concentrate on your statement of purpose and your writing sample – start many months ahead of time – and be sure to get the best references you possibly can. Those are the variables that convince professors to want you as a student, not whether you did well on the GRE. If you on
  2. If it is within your means you should definitely be looking at a new one.
  3. The waiting is a nightmare, but it'll be over soon. Fingers crossed for you!
  4. Congrats to those who got into Cornell! Just saw the list of prospective students today. If anybody has any questions about the program or the university feel free to drop me a PM (or if there are any Aussies moving to the US more generally).
  5. I did atrociously on the quant section of the GRE and was still accepted to numerous schools. And trust me when I say "atrociously" I'm not being modest. It was bad - storming the beaches of Gallipoli bad. Don't fret.
  6. It's probably fine either way; what matters is that you demonstrate your ability to work with these sources. I included both translations & the original language(s) in mine as a means of saying "yoohoo, look what I can do" but haven't the foggiest idea whether it actually mattered.
  7. I might be wrong, but doesn't TOEFL just measure your English ability? That isn't going to make up for the GRE/grades. It sounds like you're approaching things the right way in any case. If you are unsuccessful this year, be sure to practice for the GRE so you can retake it before the next application season. When I first took practice tests I did horrifically and really despaired, thinking myself a complete idiot, but a few months of practice fixed up my issues. Finally, if you have a reason for low grades (like you had to work during your undergrad), mention that in your SOP, but m
  8. Prof. Eric Rebillard at Cornell might suit you - I believe Christianity is his main interest but he has done extensive work on Late Roman North Africa/Late Antiquity in general. He's very friendly, so an email couldn't hurt. He will be on research leave throughout Fall 2020 though. Your Latin will be a disadvantage (but not a deal-breaker), and any intensive programs you are able to take will definitely help. Try to do some independent study on your own as well, being able to state on your SOP that you have been working on teaching yourself (x language) in addition to taking intensive cou
  9. I was able to get 2 peer-reviewed publications out of my MPhil thesis, one of which served as my writing sample for my PhD applications. Obviously speak to your advisor to get their opinion, but from personal experience my Master's thesis did a lot for me personally and professionally and I'd heartily recommend it.
  10. Have you tried the official ETS books? I used them in conjunction with Magoosh and found them to be extremely helpful. Keep your chin up and make sure to get in a set amount of practice every day (even 15-30 minutes is great) and take another practice test in a few month or two to see where you're at.
  11. Congratulations on your BA! I had two publications going through the review process when I applied last year and they definitely helped my case a lot, but a) I had a masters and b) as is so often the case publications are just one of many factors that graduate committees take into account (as is, for that matter, your GPA). Your focus should probably be on your SOP and writing sample, along with languages, as TMP suggested. A publication/submission won't have a profound impact but will help to build your case. One important point though: not all publications are created equal. The re
  12. Thanks for all that @DangerDave, very helpful! I'm relocating to Ithaca from Australia, planning to be there August 1st - hope to meet some of you when I get there.
  13. Accepted Cornell's offer. This Aussie is on his way to the US - woo!
  14. I'll ask - appreciate the advice
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