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DanaJ

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  • Gender
    Woman
  • Location
    United States
  • Interests
    Cold War America, 20th century America
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
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  1. DanaJ

    Applications 2019

    I am still reading because of posts like this, CONGRATS!
  2. DanaJ

    2019 Visit Days/Decisions

    This may be an odd question, but is it normal for a program to not offer a formal visitation weekend? I went to visit my top choice program a week before the application deadline, but through email contact with a current student I learned that the next time I’m expectedly on campus is for an orientation weekend in AUGUST!
  3. DanaJ

    Applications 2019

    Thank you for clarifying! I couldn’t find the thread I was looking for this morning and this explains it!
  4. DanaJ

    Applications 2019

    Has anyone been accepted to a program and expected funding, but not heard details yet? My top choice program assured me that they do not take anyone that they can’t fund, but when I heard from the DGS he told me “we are still making final decisions regarding funding.” I assume that meant placement decisions (TA, research assistant, fellowships with various local historical sites), but I’m starting to worry! I have not heard in almost a month. I emailed to check in and did not hear back, but it has only been one day since I sent the email.
  5. DanaJ

    Applications 2019

    I second this! I have a friendship level relationship with an instructor who retired last year, but I STILL refer to him as Dr. ____ . I know he worked hard for that distinction and takes pride in it. Even though we are friends, I still want to show him respect.
  6. DanaJ

    Applications 2019

    So bad. And my MA thesis is only partially revised, plus I’m preparing a piece for a conference and I’m significantly less focused! At least I don’t have to pack up and move, as many on this forum do. I would already be packing!
  7. DanaJ

    Applications 2019

    They are tough but worth it. I was the first student to complete the program with my department, and I won't lie, there were tears and breakdowns. But I'm also graduating faster and it was a nice thing to be able to put in my SOP, especially being the first one!
  8. DanaJ

    Applications 2019

    I second this question... I waived my right to view on my applications so that they would write freely, but I am SO CURIOUS.
  9. DanaJ

    Applications 2019

    I had never heard that you shouldn't do your MA at the same school you attended for your BA until I was in this forum. Personally, my school offered a 3+2 program, which allowed me to take 3 MA courses over 2 semesters my senior year of undergrad. Those courses were then applied to both my BA and MA degree, designed to expedite a student pursuing their MA. As I am a non-traditional student (translation: a little older), saving a semester was a big benefit of staying put. That said, I was also a community college transfer, so I would have been transferring for school to school every two years. I was content to stay in one place for 4 years. I do think that the relationships I developed in my time at my current institution helped with my letters, but I understand that if there's not a good fit for your research, sometimes it's best to move on.
  10. DanaJ

    Applications 2019

    I'm still hanging out, waiting on one more application that was really a coin toss. It was a last minute decision to apply to TCU and I hadn't contacted the POI because she was in her first year at the school, so honestly I didn't even know about her (I started my research much earlier). My MA thesis advisor referred me to her, and I applied ON deadline day in a panic after a couple rejections. It's more curiosity to see if/what they offer than anything else, I'm very happy with the acceptance and offer that I have, but it's never over until it's over.
  11. DanaJ

    Applications 2019

    Isn't the radio silence frustrating?! 5 applied, 3 rejected, 1 accepted, 1 radio silence... I've seen one acceptance and no rejections from my radio silent school. I feel your pain! Edit: Technically, it only takes one school to accept you! Presumably you don't apply to a program without a reasonable belief that you will do well and be able to pursue a career after you complete your program, so one is enough! But the wait is hard regardless.
  12. DanaJ

    Applications 2019

    A funded MA is hard to come by. I was 2/3 funded, but there’s only 3-4 positions available for the entire program at my university. Obviously MA programs consist of more than 3-4 students (it was 4, budget cuts made us 3). If you have the funded opportunity, take it! It can be super competitive! I was a community college transfer to a 4 year university, but I stayed at the same school I completed my undergrad with for my MA. They offer a terminal MA and no PhD program, but in the 2 extra years I built stronger relationships with faculty that I also think helped contribute to stronger letters for PhD applications. Short version: with your research interests transitioning, I would take a funded MA offer if you have one. That allows you more time to explore those interests without building up debt, and will also strengthen your applications if you want to keep moving forward. Just my 2 cents.
  13. DanaJ

    Applications 2019

    I went through a similar situation, but it was MA work at my currently university. I’ve had a difficult time finding advisors and one of the potential candidates was a really good fit for my thesis committee. If you’ve had contact with someone at the university or have developed some kind of relationship, I don’t see why it would be an issue to inquire about when they may make a decision. Personally, I’m fairly open with my department chair (I TAed for him twice), and asked about when a decision would be reached because one candidate would be a very viable option for a committee member. That said, proceed with extreme caution if you do not have any existing relationship with that department. I know that I have read over any and all contact with departments outside my own numerous times and often save an email to drafts, think about what I wanted to say, and revisit it later. It can’t hurt to ask, especially if you have decision to make between programs, but make sure you are very polite in doing so and be sure to not come off too intrusive. You aren’t trying to by nosey about inter workings of the department, simply inquiring about something that may impact your own project and I personally see nothing wrong with that, if handled properly.
  14. DanaJ

    Applications 2019

    "Popular themes," was my biggest concern. I love political history, and that is far from popular. Most people find it dull and boring. I have a piece of advice, and it does not even apply to your acceptance or rejection from multiple programs: You have to pursue what you enjoy and are passionate about. I dropped out of the history field and attempted to go to business school at one point because it was practical. I HATED every second of it, and ended up a C student, barely getting by. One day, on a whim, I decided to go back and finish my history undergrad. I became a model student because I cared about what I was doing. If you have the passion, it can work out for you. That said, if you aren't working with a "trendy" topic, admission can be hard. I am looking at 1950s political history with my MA, and I struggled to even find potential POIs. You may have to search for POIs. They may not be at the big name schools. I found one who seemed interested in what I am doing and has done similar work, in ONE introductory meeting before I ever applied, he gave my some incredibly useful advice. I'm telling you, it can be done. I have friends in academia who proofread my SOP. I worked for 6 months on a writing sample. Those things are an excellent opportunity to demonstrate what you're passionate about, and if you find a POI who has similar interests, they may get excited about you. DIG DIG DIG through school's faculty pages on their websites, that's what I did. It won't hurt you to incorporate more trendy topics. I am working with a specific election cycle and the women's vote does matter, but I never made it a key focus. The Korean War? Not trendy, but it's a key focus. I didn't apply to many TT programs because they are heavily focused on the current popular themes, but keep in mind that those change, and if you find even one person who wants to work with you, it could surprise you. Who knows, maybe 15 years from now you're the person someone is desperately looking for because it seems like no one has an interest in what they are passionate about. Or maybe your topic is the new trendy topic and you were ahead of the curve!
  15. DanaJ

    Applications 2019

    Aw, I was trying to provide some hope, but I never want it to be false hope!
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