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    2020 Fall
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    MA in History

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  1. 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 path and it could be worthwhile reaching out to those profs, even if they aren't strictly in your field of interest. I'm also continuing working remotely at the history related nonprofit I've worked at for the past four years, so I'll have that tie into the non-academic world. That all being said, a lot of non academic history work may be tenuous in the future...it's going to be very difficult for musuems, though hopefully they'll adapt. I imagine gaining skills in online work (interactive websites, online tours, even social media) could be vastly helpful for what the future looks like.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 department lounge) and field trips to local archives, museums and so on. I enjoyed the conferences and our faculty adviser would always really seriously edit our conference papers so that was always valuable. I also got the chance to go the National Conference as well as the local ones. The department always found funding for traveling to these conferences. In general, the undergrads were more involved than the grad students because they were so busy with TAing and other duties. My own grad school doesn't have a chapter, they have a history graduate student society instead. I'll probably join that for networking and getting to know my fellow students. I think it does really depend on what you gain from it -- if the chapter isn't at all active, that has much less benefit- you're basically paying for the ability to submit journal articles and apply for scholarships (helpful, but not hugely). I suppose it might be worth asking if there is funding to send you to conferences despite there being no active chapter and asking in general what benefits students at your uni get from it. To summarize, it was great for an undergrad, but I can't really say if it would be helpful or not for a grad student. Let me know if you have specific questions because I was pretty immersed in it for two years!
  4. 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...
  5. @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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. @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 your acceptances!
  9. Some recs...I feel like these are almost more English dept (almost became my major...) recs because they are all based on books! Lark Rise to Candleford - fiction, but based on memoirs of a woman who lived in the English villages of Lark Rise and Candleford and worked at the post office in Candleford. It's been a while but I remember binging through it one summer. Anne with an E - if you have middle school/HS age kids or just like the Anne of Green Gables books (me). It's a cute series that I think does well at adapting Anne with a slightly more progressive angle. It also has First Nations actors in the 3rd season (an add on from the Anne books) and has been praised by First Nations communities for their handling of residential schools. Vanity Fair, 2018 - this is a very good adaption of the book, as is the 1998 one. Was a bit skeptical before watching because of how good the 1998 one was, but this one really grabbed me. I'm looking for some good documentaries or docudramas, specifically concerning 19th cent Canadian history right now.
  10. Now that I've accepted an offer and made a decision, the stress of the whole thing is going away and I'm getting excited again! I feel very confident I made the right choice.
  11. I went to undergrad at PSU, though I lived/commuted from a smaller town 45 mins away so I probably didn't spend as much time on campus as some. That being said, it and Portland are obviously very queer friendly. I'm bi, most of my friends (without even specifically looking for them, they were just other History students) were LGBT in some way, and there were a decent amount of attention given to things like gender inclusive bathrooms, etc. Side note that Portland is fairly white and I think that spreads to the LGBT community as well, though I do think people are aware of that and trying to make things more intersectional. I also have a sister who lives in Portland, is married to her wife, and as far as I know has always felt very safe and has been involved in various LGBT events/clubs/groups. Wash U sounds great though! While I loved PSU, I'm going to a different school for MA since funding is sadly pretty hard in the History dept.
  12. Same here! I feel a bit ill about it lol, especially about this one school, as well as declining my alma mater. Here's a couple threads I've been looking over:
  13. I didn't see one for 2020, so I thought I'd start it. I just accepted my offer! Who else is going?
  14. I accepted UBC! I also got to chat with a current American student attending there and she had some great tips. Get a Canadian banking account early - she says you'll likely need it for paying for housing if off-campus since a lot of places require a Canadian bank. At least at UBC, tuition and fees can be paid with a US bank account however. And apply for NEXUS early if you will be driving back and forth across the border at all.
  15. I am in the process of doing this -- in one of the cases, the declined school is in the same region as the accepted one and I'll likely see this profs at conferences or other events. Based on other threads I've seen here, I'm writing that I made a decision to attend elsewhere, that it was tough (it was!) and I really appreciate their time talking to me and answering all my questions. I then add that I hope to see them around at conferences.
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