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Dark Paladin

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  1. Dark Paladin

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I remember after the Yale acceptances last week you were feeling discouraged. Now you are in at one of the best programs in the country! I'm happy it worked out for you. Congrats!
  2. Dark Paladin

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Congrats!
  3. Dark Paladin

    Noticing a change in my research interests-- what should I do?

    At risk of being overly blunt, if you chose a thesis topic primarily because you thought it would be "easier," it's probably not the sub-field you should get a Ph.D. in. It does sound like you are truly more passionate about European history and already have Italian under your belt so it shouldn't be too painful of a switch. That said, I really think you should still keep in mind what @gsc put so well. If you got a Ph.D. offer tomorrow for an American history program at, say, NYU or Michigan would you take it? Just make sure you are not emotionally rationalizing changing paths because of the way this admissions cycle has gone. I'm guilty of thinking like this all the time.
  4. Dark Paladin

    Noticing a change in my research interests-- what should I do?

    Obviously only you can answer this but I would give yourself some breathing room from the thesis before you definitely change focus. I remember feeling the same way sometimes when I was in the later stages of my undergrad thesis (although my thinking never went to such a dramatic shift), only to reaffirm my research interests after a couple months break. What's new and exciting today might not always feel that way. Just make sure you are making the shift for the right reasons and not running away from your research for something you'll be just as bored with in the long run.
  5. Dark Paladin

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I got an official email (Yale). Some schools won't send out offers until late February (e.g. Penn and Berkeley) so you still have time.
  6. Dark Paladin

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Should we respond to the email informing us of acceptance if it is sent by office staff? Not sure whether confirming receipt is the polite thing to do in this case or just bothersome.
  7. Dark Paladin

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I didn't get anything from current Yale graduate students ? I'll definitely see you guys on the 3rd and 4th. Kind of an odd question, but are we supposed to respond to the offer email in any way? I'm scared they are going to take it away LOL.
  8. Dark Paladin

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Yeah, I interviewed in late January.
  9. Dark Paladin

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I WAS JUST ACCEPTED AT YALE!!!! Crying with happiness.
  10. Dark Paladin

    Early Americanists!

    Broadly speaking, my interest is in how the "ideology(s)" of the American Revolution informed the logic and infrastructure of American expansion from the perspective of "frontier" actors in the early national period. Joanne Freeman is amazing indeed! If you haven't already read it, I strongly suggest Robert Parkinson's recent book The Common Cause.
  11. Dark Paladin

    Early Americanists!

    We have similar interests, although your focus is a fair bit broader than my own. I look forward to reading your work one day ?
  12. Dark Paladin

    Early Americanists!

    You would enjoy Freeman's earlier book: Affairs of Honor.
  13. Dark Paladin

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    What does everyone think about post-interview etiquette? I have an interview coming up, should I send thank you emails afterward?
  14. Dark Paladin

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Hi, fellow early Americanist! Hopefully we will start hearing back soon.
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