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    2020 Fall
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    MA in History

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  1. Thanks for your concern! They are still offering funding through a fellowship that fully covers tuition plus some extra -- they are also going to try to add on more money to the fellowship. So thankfully it doesn't affect me that much and I have a job in my home country that relates to my field.
  2. Just adding on that I found the sample from Berkeley immensely helpful when writing mine last year.
  3. Very true! While I somewhat sadened by it, I am very relieved about not moving during a pandemic and dealing with undergrads (especially as my school has 60k students...) That is good advice! My department has said it is going to try organize virtual social hours so I plan on tuning into those and then reaching out to fellow graduate students to see if they want to do Zoom coffee/study/writing sessions.
  4. Hi all! So my program is going to be online the fall due to COVID and possibly in the winter as well. I'm curious if anyone else's programs are doing the same and your thoughts on it. Obviously in history we're better suited to go online than the sciences, yet I am going miss the opportunity to see and network with my peers in person.
  5. Hi! I was accepted to both and ended up choosing UBC -- it was a difficult decision, both seemed really great.
  6. FYI, my program informed us that TAships for international students can't be offered this year (or rather rescinded) because Canada can only hire TAs that are living in CA...And right now international students can't get in CA and classes will be online. Thankfully, I have a job in my home country I can continue that is related to my area of study, but I imagine this will be hard for many + common in other programs. I suppose at least since people will be at home, they will not have to worry about paying living expenses in Canada and hopefully can continue current jobs as well.
  7. If it makes you feel better, my GRE math scores were...sad, to say the least, yet I still got into good programs. I know with some programs GRE scores can impact funding from the overall graduate school but it didn't with mine (though I did compensate with high verbal and writing scores). I recommend Magoosh, reading things like Scientific America, Arts & Letters Daily, writing summaries of the articles you read, vocab flashcards and putting to use the new vocab. For me, with dyscalculia, there was only so much I could do with my math score, so I just tried hard to get really really good
  8. I took am someone more inclined to a non-academic career -- though as I'm only starting grad school this fall, I don't have any huge insights. However, I did a lot of public history in undergrad in additional to research. That helped me realize while I wanted to go for a research degree, not a public history one, I did want to go to a school that did public history. UBC has a fair amount of professors that do public history work, including one of my two advisers. I think a program that has public history components is a good sign they might be more willing to help with a non-academic career pa
  9. I'm curious, has anyone heard if their programs will be online in the fall? UBC has announced all undergrad classes will be online, though they are still deciding on graduate classes.
  10. I did it in undergrad. I was the president for two years -- which was mostly due to me and one other (who became the VP) showing up to the recruitment meeting! We were a pretty small chapter -- the actual membership at my university was fairly robust, but the people that showed up to meetings was a much smaller number. I enjoyed it - I gained leadership and public speaking skills, skills in organizing events, and got to know more the faculty members through event organizing. The events we put on were faculty panels, workshops, networking/mingling events (such as cider and donuts at the departm
  11. Has anyone heard any whispers of what might be happening for fall 2020 classes? I haven't heard anything from the history side and my guess is that no one really knows...It's definitely making me anxious though! Mostly because of apartment hunting, border closures, etc...
  12. @sigaba and @hojoojoh Thanks very much for both your responses! I had made my decision before seeing your post -- however, I had done some of what you said and I do feel reassured after my research that both my advisors and the current dept head would advocate for the victim and that there is a better system in place now.
  13. I would. I wouldn't move until it was time for in person classes for winter term to start, but I'd still take the online classes from where I live now. But I'm in the humanities, so it's much easier than say a lab science. There will be something missing without in person seminars, but I imagine Zoom seminars will still have valuable discussion.
  14. Has anyone heard anything on fall 2020, in terms of the semester being in person/international students? From UBC I haven't and I'm assuming they, like most schools, simply won't know until at least June...
  15. @Findingapurpose it's sort of like TSA precheck, except for crossing the US-Canada border by car (I live in a border state, so it's useful for me when visiting home). It's a card you get that enables you get in the specific NEXUS lane which is quicker (shorter lane and barely any questions, if any). From my understanding, you apply online and then the first time you cross after getting the online portion approved, undergo an interview at the border crossing and after that you should get the card. https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/nexus/how-apply and congrats on you
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