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norellehannah

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About norellehannah

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  • Birthday February 20

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  • Gender
    Woman
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    she or they
  • Location
    Long Island, NY
  • Interests
    women, gender, sexuality, history of the body, print, criminal history, labor history, histsci, hist of med
  • Application Season
    2020 Fall
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    History

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  1. norellehannah

    Decisions

    Thanks everyone! I think what you’re all saying resonates with the senses I’m getting from these different programs but it’s really helpful to see it all laid out like you have here. Thank you thank you!!
  2. norellehannah

    Decisions

    This has all been really helpful! I have a question regarding cohort size, specifically if any of you are early modernists (currently attending or otherwise!). What are your thoughts on being one of only a few early modernists in a program (but possibly getting more attention, time, or care from an advisor or department) versus being part of a more robust/larger early modern program (but possibly being in a more competitive environment)? I’ve been hearing a lot of conflicting advice, so would love to hear what you all think.
  3. thank you so much!! congrats to you on Yale!!
  4. I'm one of them (though I still don't believe it's real)! I'm early modern Europe/gender and sexuality, and my email was from Findlen!
  5. Also for rejections, there's always the classic "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter à la American Idol Season 6... so ridiculous it makes me feel a little better 😂
  6. Seconding this! Aside from being a great way for the department to get to know you, I also found it really helpful for my own purposes. As far as I know JHU HistMed is one of not very many departments that does organized visit days before applications are due, and I really appreciated getting to learn more about what grad school could be like, what I should be looking for/asking about, etc. before I hit submit and paid those steep, steep application fees.
  7. Thank you! It's one of my top choices, yes
  8. That was me! I'm early modern Europe/gender & sexuality, so (perhaps obviously, lol) my POI is Mary Fissell. She just gave me the good news and told me that the official offer, funding info, etc. would be forthcoming, as well as some details about the recruitment visit. Hello!! Yes, I'll message you!
  9. I don't know for sure but if you look through the results page the only interviews listed are for Art History!
  10. Also re: self-care, I personally have found a great deal of comfort in/highly recommend hobbies & crafts. Currently trying to learn to hand-embroider! I really enjoy watching Netflix, etc. and embroidering - as someone who sometimes can't sit still long enough to watch a TV show when I'm too riled up and anxious, I find that keeping my hands busy helps a ton. Plus there's the added bonus of creating wearable and/or display-able symbols of conquering stress!
  11. I think Yale is one of the schools that does do interviews, but I don't think they're necessarily done across the board. I applied EM Europe and haven't been contacted for an interview (though I reached out to/spoke with profs before I applied which might qualify as an interview for them?), but got an email a few days ago asking my permission to move my application to a different program pool, which I assume they wouldn't do if they weren't still considering me (at least that's what I'm telling myself! lol). All this to say I don't think a lack of an interview is a death sentence! I obviously could be very off base and it could vary by program, but for now I'm trying to take it as a neutral "they know everything about me they need to know."
  12. Haha don’t worry, I live my life with low expectations! I’m very aware of the difficulty in finding a good match, especially as someone with relatively niche interests myself. I’ve been very lucky to have had some very fruitful conversations with potential advisors, as well as with numerous people who know them who I trust. Nothing more I can do but work hard on my apps, do my due diligence on people and hope for the best On USC, thank you for bringing that up! It’s definitely something I’ll be sure to be wary of.
  13. Hi all! I’m currently applying to PhD programs in early modern history/history of science, and have received conflicting advice about the writing sample. My undergrad thesis advisor (whom I trust immensely and who got her PhD from my top choice school) suggested I condense my 90-something-page thesis basically into an article-sized piece for the sample. On a phone call with a potential PhD advisor (at a different school), however, she recommended I use a chapter of my thesis and simply write a "foreword" explaining the chapter's place in the rest of the project. I mentioned my undergrad advisor's advice and she seemed confused by it, saying that that seemed like both a lot of work and like a lot of my more intricate source work would be lost. This definitely resonates with me (bringing something from 90 to 10-25 pages without losing anything important felt damn near impossible) and I will of course go with the latter route for that school, but is my undergrad advisor's advice a total wash? I'm thinking of just asking potential advisors what the department would prefer when I speak to them, but that also feels like it might be perceived as fishing for insider secrets - the first prof offered this particular nugget of her own volition. Many thanks in advance for your thoughts!
  14. Maybe I’m missing something, but from your question it doesn’t sound like your professor actually outright denied your request for a letter. Is it possible she just missed your email? I would definitely recommend reaching out again, maybe reiterating the circumstances you were in that semester, your academic interests, and your interest in furthering your education and growing as a scholar. If she did outright deny you (which can happen for many many other reasons than she “doesn’t believe you’re capable of grad school!”), it’s okay! Ask another professor who knows you well, or if you still have time left in school, work on building relationships with other profs. I’m in the process of applying to grad school myself so I don’t know whether I’m the best person to share a low academic moment (could still hurt me I guess? Idk), but I will say that I, and I’m sure everyone who has ever gone to school, have had low academic moments. I think graduate schools love to see growth, and they love to see applicants who applied when they were ready, even if it’s not right out of school. I don’t know whether you’re still in undergrad or not, but if you’re really worried about whether you’ll be a strong candidate for grad school, maybe take a year to strengthen your application? I’m taking a year off myself at the moment, which has given me time to focus on my applications, learn a new language, and volunteer at an archive. I knew I wasn’t going to be the strongest applicant coming right out of undergrad, and I’m really glad I took this time to make sure that when I go back to school, I’ll be ready. I know this isn’t really the answer you were outright looking for on this thread but I do hope it’s helpful! Best of luck
  15. I would definitely echo this! The ETS book in particular was really accurate to what I experienced on the exam (obviously). There are some books that are easier or harder - I don’t know off the top of my head, but there are definitely easily available forums, blog posts, etc. on the matter. I would also add that I don’t think the GRE really is designed to weed anyone out, at least not in the way an SAT score can disqualify someone or seriously hurt their chances for undergrad. It of course depends on where you’re applying, but many schools use it basically as a confirmation that you have the basic skills to succeed in grad school (aka you can read, write, and do basic math). Many department websites will even outright tell you that a mediocre score won’t necessarily hurt your chances of admission. I say all this to confirm that, yes, if it feels easy, it is easy! Would definitely recommend continuing to practice just to get really comfortable with the test itself, but don’t worry about being too surprised on the real test!
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