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  1. Wow. Glad that she was able to salvage and rework what she could manage. That's a scary thought -- I may double down on backing up properly when I get into longer research and writing projects. This is a great system! Reading lists can be overwhelming, so setting a steady, manageable pace sounds really helpful. Reconstructing the article from memory is probably the most beneficial step (active recall and all the evidence for memory retention). I'm the same way, but trying to figure out a way to do this digitally (that I can actually utilize for effective notes). Do you just have file folders full of marked up articles, organized like you mentioned?
  2. Yep. This became all but necessary with everything being online right now. Because many are having to dedicate a whole screen to Zoom calls and screenshares, I think a second screen is a must. Aside from the current climate, any translation work is hugely helped by more screen realty. This is the same reason I'm stuck on Word right now. I have a lot of free storage in OneDrive, and the autosyncing can be a life saver. I'm toying with LaTeX/Overleaf and a couple others, but it's tricky to work with Semitic languages in any program that doesn't have easily accessible formatting. I'm in ANE Studies/HB, so I right now I have 3 ancient languages that I'm trying to maintain/develop. In the Autumn I'll add Egyptian and a research language. My Greek may have to shrivel up at that point. Thanks for your response! Really helpful.
  3. I hope you're all doing well and that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during this strange time! I checked the thread and couldn't find much related to these topics, though I did find some useful information on other forums within Grad Cafe. I'm always interested in systems and optimization. My systems have been haphazard up until now. I'm using some of the current stay-at-home time to prepare to hit the ground running next year. So, I thought I'd start a thread to hear from those of you who are further down the road. Here are some questions to get the ball rolling: What software do you use to write papers, theses, and dissertations? Why? How do you manage your time? How much of your energy goes toward teaching responsibilities (if you have them)? How much time off do you take during the week? How do you split up coursework and other research interests? How do you invest in languages (ancient and research) consistently? What do you use for reference management? Have you found any resources especially helpful that you wish you had known about when you started out as a student? Books, podcasts, etc. If it is relevant, mention your general research area and how far you are into your current program. And if you think of more questions, please add them! I'm sure more will occur to me as I hear from you all.
  4. Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I also received a few very helpful PMs. I've decided to stay at the University of Washington. Ultimately, it came down to the flexibility of the program, faculty interests, and geographical preferences. Time will tell if I made the right decision - if in two years, I'm back here panicking because I was rejected from all my PhD apps, I will know I made the wrong call Here's to the next two years!
  5. Yes, I took a look at their requirements. The basic format is 1.5 yrs Hebrew, .5 yrs Greek, a couple electives, and then Intro to OT and NT Interpretation. The electives can be taken at Yale U, but I kind of doubt that the other ones could be swapped out unless a very similar course has been taken already. This is incredibly helpful. Thank you. I guess I had assumed that because this was the "concentrated" MAR, that the courses would be more rigorous. That may be the case for some of the Hebrew exegesis courses. But I think you're right. At the very least, I trust that the perception of these courses is that they are less rigorous. My initial leaning was toward remaining in my state university, but most people that I've chatted through this with hear "Yale" and think I would be crazy for turning down such an offer. I'm glad to get the warning ahead of time that YDS does not carry the same weight (necessarily) that Yale U does inside admissions committees.
  6. Thanks for your response. Of course, Yale's MARc has a great reputation and placement records. UW has a much smaller data set to work with, but has recently sent students to places like Chicago and Johns Hopkins. But I will look into it more closely, thanks!
  7. I posted this in the admissions thread, but it got buried. Reposting here because I'm looking for some feedback! I received an offer from Yale Divinity yesterday (MARc Bible), and got in with 100% tuition, which really complicates my decision making. I am now torn between my undergrad institution, University of Washington, and YDS. UW does their NELC MA with funding through TA/RAships (guaranteed for the full two years). Tuition is waived, and you're paid a livable income through the TA/RAships. So I would be getting a bit of teaching experience along the way. I also know the faculty and student culture is healthy. It also helps that we would only have to move once for a PhD. I was basically set on this program until I got the shocking news from YDS. The HB/ANE faculty here is quite limited, but I know that I really like the professors and their interests line up with mine a fair amount. Another draw is the opportunity to travel abroad during summer to head to Israel and learn Modern Hebrew as a research language. The biggest attraction to Yale is access to a much larger faculty and classes, along with a bigger student body in a similar field. It doesn't hurt to have the name recognition when it comes to PhD applications, either. I'm giving less details on YDS' program because I'm sure folks here will know as much or more than me about the program and its strengths. I am mostly interested in HB and ANE studies. Does anybody have any thoughts? Or want to bring up any questions I should be considering?
  8. I received an offer from Yale Divinity yesterday (MARc Bible), and got in with 100% tuition. That really complicates my decision making! I am now torn between my undergrad institution, University of Washington, and YDS. UW does their NELC MA with funding through TA/RAships. Tuition is waived, and you're paid a livable income through the TA/RAships. So I would be getting a bit of teaching experience along the way. I also know the faculty and student culture is healthy. It also helps that we would only have to move once for a PhD. I was basically set on this program until I got the shocking news from YDS. The biggest attraction to Yale is access to a much larger faculty and classes, along with a bigger student body in a similar field. It doesn't hurt to have the name recognition when it comes to PhD applications, either. I am mostly interested in HB and ANE studies. Does anybody have any thoughts? Or want to bring up any questions I should be considering?
  9. Yes, same here. I had been holding out hope that I might be a late addition to the wait list. I'm only waiting to hear back from Yale Divinity (MARc) at this point.
  10. First time posting here. I'm in my first application cycle. Has anyone else heard from Notre Dame (MTS)? I was tracking through all the posts, and it looks like there is one acceptance and one waitlist so far. Neither were in my same sub-discipline. If we haven't heard anything else, are we most likely rejected? There's still no update on my portal.
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