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  1. @kaufdichglücklich I encourage you to re-read the words that I wrote. I do not think that you are listening to what I am saying here. I am approaching this with a specific set of experiences, which are different than yours, and I have offered an opinion based on my experiences. I also want to add a gentle reminder that this is an anonymous internet forum. You do not know me. You do not know the qualifications that I bring to the table. You do not know my accomplishments. You do not know what my previous education was or what my professional history has been. Likewise, I do not know these
  2. @kaufdichglücklich You're right: I have not done a PhD in art history. I have, however, spent decades in academia as a student in a terminal degree program, as a professor, and as a program administrator. I have so much experience, but I'm choosing not to list it here. My opinion comes from a different place, but my advice isn't terrible just because it is different than yours. And I am not delusional - that is a word derived from psychology with specific clinical meaning and it does the mental health community disservice to co-opt it as a descriptor (please don't for the sake of oth
  3. To reply as a human who has a few potentially relevant experiences: I am queer. I hold an MFA, which is a terminal degree that sets one up for the potential of tenure track. I’ve done the adjunct circuit (see username). I have museum experience as well and understand the politics of that world. I am a potential applicant in upcoming cycles for an art history PhD. So, with all that in mind ..... this is my opinion. The art world doesn’t have any jobs right now. Not for me, not for you. The pandemic had caused issues in academia that have long reverberations, but so too i
  4. I think it is totally normal to have loved your undergrad experience and want it to continue. However, being a grad student is different because it’s viewed as the start of ones professional career - not an extension of being a student. Dating an undergrad is just inappropriate, even if the age is the same. You’ll be in a different life place. And if you can’t see that? Maybe the issue isn’t actually about dating an undergrad, but rather about your own intentions and aspirations as a grad student.
  5. Years and years ago, for my last semester of undergrad, I opted for pass/fail in a class without considering what that meant for the future. I don’t know if it ended up affecting my masters applications much (by the time I decided to apply years later it just was what it was) but for what it’s worth, out of four applications, I got into two, waitlisted for another and only rejected by one. On the flip side - all my anxiety over failing the course prompted me to take pass fail. And yet my grade would have been an A! So in the end I regretted my decision.
  6. It’s been a long time since I’ve cracked open my Preziosi. It was one of three texts that were used for a course I took in undergrad. The other two were Art History’s History by Vernon Hyde Minor and The Methodologies of Art by Laurie Schneider Adams. If I remember correctly, all three worked in tandem but the latter two were easier to comprehend than the former.
  7. I actually think Boston is pretty hard without a car - the T is limiting at best. The T functions well for the core downtown area, but does a very poor job serving the residential neighborhoods. If you want to travel from South Boston (différent from the South End) to East Boston? Practically impossible. Dorchester to Allston? Might as well give up. Boston is a much larger area than what surrounds the Commons, and if you only stay in the downtown, you aren’t getting an authentic experience, as almost all the born and bred Bostonians live in the outlying neighborhoods.
  8. I think I just threw up a little reading how much people are paying for housing in Boston. Two things to keep in mind: All leases run September -September. Rent renewals start in January, so by February or March, almost all the real estate in Boston is already rented for the following September. If you’re looking in summer (even early summer), it’s the leftovers, evictions and otherwise empty apartments that are available - which means that landlords really need to lease that space and want to do so more than they want full rent. AND Rent is negotiable. Edited to add:
  9. I'm hopeful that there will be the opportunity for at least partial funding. I just can't imagine going into debt since I am aware that my field doesn't produce the highest paying employment opportunities. I'm planning on emailing professors, but probably a little later in the summer as I know that most universities are currently overwhelmed with COVID-19 planning. Plus, I need to do more research before reaching out. Right now, I'm looking mostly at Concordia and McGill, for Art History or a related humanities trajectory.
  10. I tried to look around for an answer to this, but I couldn't seem to find anything. I'm a US citizen that wants to study abroad for my PhD, specifically in Canada. As I look at all the tuition costs ... I just can't pay for any of them unless I receive funding. All the schools I'm looking at make vague platitudes on their website about supporting students, but I'm not quite sure what that ultimately means. I'm potentially applying to humanities programs. I know in the US, at least for undergraduate studies, (I have no idea about graduate studies) almost all schools make internationa
  11. I also have a studio art background and am looking to move into art history (PhD). I disagree a bit with @ncan360. I think that BFAs actually teach us more than people realize, and the capacity of an artist to do research and synthesize material into a new form is absolutely relevant to academic study. We don't learn the same forms of study, but all the info about how to properly research, cite things, etc is totally learnable on our own time. BUT I think that the trick is to convince others that this is the case - and I'm still thinking about how best to do that. Best of luck!
  12. I've finally learned that no matter how much you give as a teacher, everyone will want more. So, boundaries are essential. As I go through each semester, I try to separate things out with two questions: Is this my job? Is this not my job? Meaning ... student is having trouble with their research for a final paper. Do I coach them myself? I could. Or, do I have them make an appointment with a librarian and then reach out to me afterwards? It's my job to teach my subject, but it's also okay to send students to other departments / resources as needed. And, the student will probably lear
  13. Thanks for replying, @sorenerasmus. It's actually really great to hear that answer, because it makes me realize that I probably wasn't asking a question as much as looking for reassurance. Because of the nature of an MFA program, I didn't really produce any papers of any significance, and I'd have to revise what I did write SOOO much that I might as well write another paper. So ... now I just need to find the time to write a new paper! Ugh.
  14. I'm starting to get ready to apply for PhD programs in art history, maaaybe this next application cycle, probably the one after it. I'm a little worried about how long it will take me to apply, as I need to write a writing sample. I've been out of school for six years, and frankly none of the writing I did in my MFA program is good enough to submit. I think I might have thought it was okay six years ago, but it really doesn't reflect my current abilities. I'm not too worried about producing a strong sample, as I feel really confident in my writing skills. BUT one of the schools I'm applyi
  15. My MFA is in the visual arts, so there is some difference there. But it wasn't one of the 'top' programs. In a way, that was really nice, as it gave me the chance to be a big fish in a small pond, and I was able to receive fellowships and teaching opportunities that I wouldn't have been able to get in a larger program. I don't think that necessarily changed my job prospects (as I think that opportunity + smaller name = bigger name) but I do think it gave me a huge advantage on experience in the first job I got.
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