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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I haven't applied to Emory but I've noticed a trend in results that the sciences get acceptances far before the humanities. Several of the schools I've applied to have been admitting to science programs for a month but don't seem to have even started interviewing for the humanities. We must just operate on a later timeline.
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    How to decide a field for Ph.D study?

    Definitely make sure you sure you select a field you're passionate about, graduate work is an intense experience and PhDs in particular take a lot of time to complete. I would recommend you start thinking about a career/s you can see yourself in for the rest of your life and then decide if that career requires a graduate degree. The decision to pursue a PhD isn't one that should be taken lightly and if you don't love your field it probably isn't worth it. Have you looked into Master's degrees? This might be a strong option for you especially if you're looking to change fields. You would get experience in the field, see what graduate study is like and not have to commit to 4-5 years of a field/program that doesn't turn out to be the right fit for you. If you decide you want a PhD after this there are many programs that would grant you advanced standing due to the work you have already completed.
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Congratulations on your interview! I don't know if you've done the interview yet but I would recommend refamiliarizing yourself with all of your application materials, and be ready to talk about why you believe the school/POI is a good fit for you. Also have some questions ready to ask them. My field is early modern as well, if you're open to it it'd be nice to chat about our specific interests and where we applied.
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    What are your hobbies?

    I've gotten really into cooking lately! I also like listening to podcasts while on walks or embroidering. I took up embroidery because I needed a physically productive hobby to balance out all the paper writing and reading I was doing on the computer. I'm also intermittently into yoga, when I have time. I've also been loving The Great British Baking Show lately!
  5. You could ask questions centered around your application: Do you have any hesitations about my application for the PhD program? How do you think I would be able to improve my work/abilities in the PhD program vs the MS program? Etc. Since they know you already know the department well this would show that you're actively engaged with this process instead of applying to your current school as a "fall back."
  6. There are a lot of programs now that are encouraging interdisciplinary work so you don't necessarily have to choose just one. I would recommend looking into schools that offer graduate minors or designated emphasis options in either the history of art or architecture that would allow you to personalize your degree. It would also benefit you to look at universities with Art History and Architecture departments that have good relationships, it's been my experience so far that it's a lot easier to do interdisciplinary work when the two departments get along (they're a lot more willing to work with you and each other to make things work in your favor). @mrssalad makes a good point about professors as well. A past advisor told me to pay attention to the kinds of jobs alumni of the programs hold. There are some professors/programs that aim to have their students work solely in universities, others that want their students in museums, and others discourage their graduates from entering academia all together. In your applications you'll be asked what kind of career you want and your answer will definitely play into professor's admission decisions. You'll want to apply to schools that have graduates doing the kind of work you want to do.
  7. 1. Museum curator in a midsized museum (MA or PhD required, currently applying) 2. Joint appointment as a museum curator and university as an art history professor (see above and below) 3. Tenured art history professor (PhD required) 4. The qualified expert in historical documentaries (I guess there's not really a standard qualification for this, you just have to know your stuff and be relatively well known in the field)
  8. You also can't overestimate the value of a good thick pair of socks. I know it sounds minimal but it's incredibly difficult to focus/be in a good mood when your toes are cold and if it's damp and cold outside you'll definitely feel it. Wool is a good material and if you get them in black they're a lot less noticeable even if they do peak out a bit.
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    The Thing That Shall Not Be Named...

    @sseire The man was named William Kent, he's a distant relative of Washington Irving and he married into a family of New York tobacco tycoons. He's also a descendant of the sitters in two portraits in the museum I work at but we're not sure exactly who those people are and I was hoping his diary would talk about the works because we know they circulated through the possession of some of his close family members.
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    What to wear? Tips for a visit?

    I do a combination of a dress and sweater/jacket quite a lot at my job with a business casual dress code and it's worked well for me. I would recommend getting a pair of opaque tights in a neutral color to wear with. Not only will this keep you warm during potentially chilly campus tours but this is a relatively cheap way to class up an outfit.
  11. Depending on the culture of your field you might consider sending a handwritten thank you note. This obviously isn't best practice for all fields, anything based around science and tech would definitely be better served with an email. It may seem old school but in some of the more traditionally academic or philosophical programs a handwritten note to everyone who interviewed you may help you stand out.
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    The Thing That Shall Not Be Named...

    Ahh...the rigors of academia. The glamorous jobs like egyptology or art history always require far more time in a library than they let on in undergraduate. I've spent the last week in an archival center with my nose in a 100+ year old diary (and loving every minute of it!).
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    The Thing That Shall Not Be Named...

    I know the chances of my finishing an encyclopedic overview of all the Roman Catholic Popes and their patronage of the arts is slim to none but that's what Google drive folders titled "pet projects" are for! Even if you don't finish those books keep them around! They'll be so good to look back on and see how far you've come at the end of your career. I also read the tags, some small part of me is waiting for my long lost relative to show up on my doorstep and inform me that I'm next in line for the throne of Genovia.
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    So, you've entered the abyss...

    This would be a good moment for me to roll my shoulders out as well, no wonder my back has hurt for weeks.
  15. I agree I don't think it matters all that much either. More often than not this question is simply for the school's admission's department to get an understanding of the schools they compete with for graduate admissions. There are some instances where schools will use this information as a sort of litmus test for where you're likely to go. As an extreme example, if you've applied to all the Ivy League schools and one small state school, the state school may look at that and conclude (rightly or wrongly) that they're your safety school. Or as another extreme example if you've applied to several schools on the west coast and then one in the midwest, the midwest school may conclude (again rightly or wrongly) that you have a geographic preference for the west coast. More often than not POIs look at the list to get a gage of the direction you're heading in, the strengths of the programs you're applying to, etc. It won't hurt you if you don't answer it, it most likely won't hurt you if you do.
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    So, you've entered the abyss...

    Thanks so much for this! I've also been in the abyss for about a month and while one part of me expects every email I get to be some sort of decision the other part of me knows that's ridiculous (one of my school's application deadlines hasn't even passed yet!) What I love about the GradCafe is seeing others write out exactly what I'm feeling! After a lot of different options I eventually decided to make my ultimate back up plan living with my best friend. It helped alleviate a lot of anxieties knowing that if all else failed I get to live with my favorite person in the world. I would definitely recommend having at least some portion of your back up plan be something you would legitimately enjoy (even if you have to keep doing something else you didn't originally want), that way even if your back up plan comes to fruition you're not making yourself miserable, nor are you making yourself miserable thinking about it.
  17. After the April 15th deadline it's considered highly unethical to withdraw acceptance of funding from a school. It could also result in you loosing your offers of acceptance from other schools. According to the April 15th Resolution accepting an offer from another school after April 15th would require a written release from the school you previously accepted funding from. Even if you do get a written release it's a black mark on you professionally. Academia is a small world and people tend to remember things like this.
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    How did you find TheGradCafe?

    My supervisor at my internship told me about it one day when we were talking about my applications. She's ABD right now and said it was both amazing (for the forums) and horrible (the constant checking of the results page). I initially thought I would stay away so I didn't fall prey to the same anxiety over others getting results but I ended up here no less than 10 minutes after I submitted my final application.
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    Best Professional Handbag?

    I love my Swiss Gear laptop backpack! If you're okay with a backpack vs a handbag this is definitely the one I'd recommend. I have it in gray so it's a neutral professional color and the design is pretty sleek so it doesn't look like a bag highschoolers carry. It has a doctor bag style hinged opening which makes it very easy to fill with textbooks, a change of clothes, or anything else. I know three other people who have the same bag and we all love it!
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    The Positivity Thread

    I leave today for a week long funded research trip in New York City!
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    Funding for MA programs in Museum Studies

    @AspiringHistorian97 Unfortunately in the arts and humanities full or even partial funding for Master's degrees is quite difficult to come by; usually funding is earmarked for PhD programs. There are some schools that offer some sources of partial funding through assistantships or scholarships. For example, the University of Kansas offers an MA and Graduate Certificate in Museum studies and the University as a whole offers some limited funding for master's students. A great resource is the American Alliance of Museums. They have a pretty comprehensive directory of reputable museum related undergrad and grad programs that you can search by location, degree type, full time/part-time status and discipline. As a side note though I'm sure you've found this in your research: museum studies and curatorial studies programs often have a significant amount in common, so if you're not finding museum studies programs you like you may try searching for curatorial studies programs. Hope this helps!
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    Statement of Purpose vs Personal Statement

    This answer might be a bit late for your application cycle but I applied to UC Berkeley and the approach I took was that the personal statement was my opportunity to show them who I was as a person and how my experiences (whether personal or professional) led me to the decision to apply for graduate school in my field and the statement of purpose was to show why I'm qualified for that specific program and why my research interests made me a good fit.
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    The Positivity Thread

    I finished all of my applications today!
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    Anybody else applying to a PhD straight out of undergrad?

    I'm also applying to PhD programs straight out of undergrad! Most of the programs I'm applying to are a combined MA/PhD program or they allow PhD students to apply for an en route MA once they've completed a certain amount of requirements. My professors have told me I have a good shot at getting into the programs I've applied to but as I'm sure all of you are experiencing there's that voice in the back of my head that reminds me a BA applicant faces an uphill battle. I'm with you Bopie and Nuclear the waiting is already stressing me and we're barely into the consideration period!

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