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    2019 Fall
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    Historical Linguistics

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  1. accidental_philologist

    Organizing grad school goals

    Thanks for pointing this out! I think I'll include this under "coursework", because we take classes until the quals and those reflect our coursework and specializations (is my understanding) so I'll be sure to study and organize with an eye to retaining/organizing information in order to reference in preparation for the exams, instead of just for the course itself.
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    Organizing grad school goals

    So I'm hoping to get some thoughts on this kind of way of organizing what I want to do in grad school. I will be a new grad student in the fall, so I've been spending this summer thinking a lot (a LOT) about my goals, and trying to figure out what they should be, and what the healthiest way of goal-setting is -- I tend to be a perfectionist, as is the wont of many grad students, but it really got me in my last year of undergrad with some serious burnout when I tried to take on Too Much and suffered the whole year -- so I tried to approach setting up what I want to do more ... holistically (?). But then I just came up with a massive, unmanageable list of dozens and dozens of things, from huge to minute, that I dream about doing. In trying to make that list manageable, what I've come up with so far is basically a four-fold approach to organizing what I want to get done while in grad school (note that these are NOT in order of importance): 1. Do well in course work. Not only in getting good grades, but also in really applying myself and learning as much as I can from every course 2. Research. If I want to be competitive on the job market, I need to produce some research and hopefully get some things published. 3. Professionalization. I need to cultivate good professional connections, present at conferences, win awards, and participate in professionalization activities/groups. 4. Personal. Keeping myself sane through all of this by scheduling time to relax, tidy up, hang out with friends, cook healthy food, etc. Then, within these four sort of "themes", I can create smaller sub-goals. A goal for 1 might look like organizing my notes really well so that I can refer to them in the future; a goal for 2 might be setting aside a block of time to work on my extracurricular research projects; a goal for 3 might be to apply to X number of conferences/awards during a semester; a goal for 4 might look like setting aside a day per month to deep clean the apartment; so on and so forth. Then, if one goal supports multiple themes (like submitting an abstract to a conference to present on my research, so themes 2 and 3, or working on revising notes with a friend from class over coffee, so 1 and 4) then I know that it's DEFINITELY something I should try to do. So my questions are these: what do you think? Have I missed any critical things? What sorts of sub-goals, or edits to the system, would you recommend? I will also be teaching in later years, and I'm not sure how I'd fit teaching into this system, so I'd love suggestions on that! AND, of course, is this ALSO as unmanageable as a straight-up list of dozens of goals (I often trick myself into thinking I have broken things down when I have actually made them more complicated...), or overly complicated?? Am I overthinking this? Of course I understand SMART goals and use them for structuring bigger aims, but I don't otherwise know how to organize smaller sub-goals so that I stay on top of things without letting basics slide. Looking for feedback! Thanks!
  3. accidental_philologist

    Best Historical Linguistics (Indo-European) PhD Programs?

    Not sure if they are the best programs for IE, but some other programs that let you specialize in IE within a linguistics department are Harvard, UPenn (I think? They have at least quite a few faculty members), and Oxford (track C in the Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics faculty).
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    Indiana University Bloomington vs University of Washington

    Also, you seem to be applying for a PhD. Is three years really going to be enough to finish that? I'm currently at IU Bloomington (in Germanic linguistics -- feel free to message me if you have questions! I did undergrad here and am staying for a Master's!) and while the programs are lovely and the town may grow on you, I don't know any students in any humanities department who have finished their programs of study in three years. It could be really stressful to have to reapply for funding in three years in order to finish. If your standard of living would be the same based on your stipend amounts in both cities, then consider that U of Washington might be a lower-stress option. You could certainly finish in 5 years, but maybe not in 3! However, if you would be scraping by in Seattle for 5 years, but living fairly well in Bloomington for 3, then maybe the latter would be the lower-stress option. The PhD will be monstrously stressful, so reduce your worries where you can is what I think!!
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    Being "in between" two degrees + conferences participation

    You could also email and ask, especially if this is a graduate student run conference, if there might be someone among the coordinators who you could stay with, should accommodation be an issue. The sooner the better -- I tried this for a conference but they were all already hosting other presenters! Also maybe look into something like paper prizes, not necessarily funding strictly earmarked for conferences. The programs I'm associated with at my undergrad all offer end-of-the-year "best student paper" prizes for undergrads and grads, and they tend to be something like $300 cash. If you found other awards for other things like that, you could put the money towards conference travel anyways.
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    Vision and Dental?

    can confirm that the University of California system includes vision and dental at no additional cost in their student health insurance plan. This seems to be, in the US at least, pretty unusual though.
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    Commuting (~95mins, highway) Philosophy PhD Program

    You should also consider that, unlike undergrad, it's not just classes you'll be coming to campus for -- there will (or should) be things like guest lectures, conferences, professionalization events, or even socializing with people in your department and visiting professors. These things are important or even crucial for meeting people in your field and broadening your horizons a bit beyond your own program. I have friends who went to conference dinners with invited profs who are some of the biggest names in their fields, and made such a good connection that they're now on their dissertation committee. Would you be willing or able to attend and get the most out these extracurricular opportunities if you have your hour and half long drive home looming over your head? At least for your coursework foundational years, I would recommend living closer to campus. You could anticipate moving out once you've taken your quals, maybe.
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    Oxford scholarships (Ertegun/Clarendon etc.) 2019

    Huh. Thank you for the information. I'm just wondering WHAT the thought process is behind this? Are they really so blatantly elitist as to say that only the independently wealthy may attend, and equally qualified (I mean, they were also accepted) but poorer people just ... can't? Or do students from the UK and (previously?) the EU get higher chances for funding, or are they just depending on external scholarships like Rhodes or whatever (which still smacks of irresponsibility)? I know it's something probably you nor any of us can answer, but I am a bit shocked if the attitude is so on-the-nose about the money...
  9. accidental_philologist

    Staying at UG institution for MS

    I'm interested in this too -- one of my options is staying at my undergrad institution for an MA and reapplying in two years' time (and my choice might be determined by finances). I've heard that in my fields (linguistics, medieval studies) that it looks kinda bad to job hiring committees if you stay for your whole PhD, but I'm not sure if there's something similarly negative about an MA to admissions committees for PhD programs. And maybe it makes a difference what you do during your master's if you stay? If you really apply yourself to come out with top marks, conference presentations, maybe publishing, get in on conference/workshop planning, etc -- perhaps that would overcome any potential trepidation that you just cruised into a master's as essentially an extra year of undergrad?? I don't know, so I'm looking forward to hearing what others have to say!
  10. accidental_philologist

    Oxford scholarships (Ertegun/Clarendon etc.) 2019

    Thanks for the info @pscwpv! That's really good to know. I'm in the social sciences, but when I asked the department I was accepted to if they would tell me if they had nominated me for anything, they refused to tell me. I guess it varies by department? Or do you mean to email someone with the Clarendon program directly?
  11. accidental_philologist

    Oxford scholarships (Ertegun/Clarendon etc.) 2019

    *AGONY INTENSIFIES* Thanks for letting us know!
  12. accidental_philologist

    Oxford scholarships (Ertegun/Clarendon etc.) 2019

    Hello all! I'm just one of the anxious Oxford candidates waiting to see if I ever hear from any funding -- please join me in my pain. Post if or when you have any news!
  13. accidental_philologist

    Continuing @ same school undergrad -> master's

    It sounds like a really great environment for you! You'll really flourish there I've heard, at least in my fields (German and medieval studies), that staying at your undergrad institution for a master's is okay, but it looks kind of bad to stay all the way through your Ph.D. Idk if you plan on going for a Ph.D. after your Master's, but whether or not it's the same in your field might be a good thing to find out if you do.
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    Applying without having majored in the language?

    Yes, this is exactly the advice I've gotten from professors as well when I was trying to pick between different kinds of programs. One just bluntly asked me "what's the intro course you want to end up teaching for the rest of your career?" So for you (assuming you want to go into academia, or even while teaching during the Ph.D.) -- introductory Spanish language, or lower-level English courses? -- is a question to ask yourself. You sound very qualified for either one you may choose!
  15. accidental_philologist

    What were you doing when you received your acceptance?

    I was cleaning off my desk and refreshed my email. Saw the email. The title was so generic that I thought "oh this is a rejection". Opened it up, read it, and still thought it was a rejection for a few seconds until I saw the last line, and then it hit me that it was an acceptance. Proceeded to scream and drop everything in my hands. Stared at the email for like half an hour lol. Idk if I'll be able to go bc I haven't heard about funding, but that school has been my dream since I was a kid.
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