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  1. If you're applying to an English PhD, you will have to have proficiency in another language - meaning reading/translating (not having to be fluent in conversation by any means). This is common for any language PhD program. However, it is not necessary to have that before you start the program and programs often help you to achieve the proficiency. In any case, it seems you possibly already would have that proficiency in German or French. Since you're a modernist, Ancient Greek wouldn't be the one you would use for the proficiency exam. By all means, taking time to become more fluent now is alw
  2. I literally just got accepted to Ohio yesterday (for a PhD in Italian), and now I have no idea what to do. Can I ask what helped you all choose Ohio?
  3. Hi @gulshannegi. I've found PY4E - Python for Everybody to be very helpful. The professor also has this course on Coursera if you prefer to use that over his website.
  4. If you have been accepted to programs this year, you will likely be accepted next year. Clearly, you are a qualified applicant. Taking a year off won't harm you; it will only help you. In my opinion, the debt is not worth it. It's not like you're going into CS where you'll be making 6 figures after you graduate. A career in the humanities will not be fruitful in the beginning, if at all. My advice is to learn from this application cycle to create an even better dossier for the next cycle for PhD programs. It'll be easier next year anyway because you've already been through it. Taking a y
  5. I'm surprised no one has gotten back to you. I'm by no means an expert on this, but here is what I suppose: If you start publishing research in medieval history that can help with the career change. Shows your change in interest is serious. As for languages, depending what languages you already know, learning new ones could be a breeze. You'll need to know Latin and ancient Greek to do a wide range of research. Knowing English already helps a bit for learning Latin, but knowledge of any Romance languages will really make learning Latin easy. Greek will be a little more challenging, but it
  6. UIUC's CS program is top notch. I wouldn't even hesitate. Sure you might think the location isn't as "cool" as LA, but the people at UIUC are amazing, and there is plenty to do there, too. Also, this thread below has a similar topic. Not sure if you've already seen it. Could be helpful.
  7. Liquirizia

    Eugene, OR

    Seems that there hasn't been a lot of recent responses from current residents of Eugene in this thread, but I want to take a shot in the dark anyway. Does anyone know what typical single bedrooms/studios cost in Eugene? I've been looking and it seems to range from 900 to 1.5k seems to be the range, but I'm not sure if I'm using the best search tools (Craigslist, Zillow, Trulia). What are the best ways to find housing? Also, how affordable is this city on a humanities stipend? To me, it seems more pricey than I expected. If I want to live alone, most of my stipend will go to rent alone.
  8. I don't know if you feel the same way, but I love organizing/reorganizing. It's an oddly satisfying activity for me. Sounds like you're doing lots of good productive things before school starts! ☺️ I tried to look into courses at the university I'm most likely going to, but there was nothing I could find. I only know one required seminar I have to take in the fall. Lots of well wishes for moving countries! I've only ever moved abroad for short living experiences, nothing as long as grad school. I know it's always a long, tough, stressful process with visas, finding housing, etc.
  9. This is a great post; thanks ProAtOverthinking! My current rough plan is: Reading as much as I can in my field - research (articles/books/etc.) as well as Italian lit. Trying to write in Italian everyday to get back into thinking in it. I need to learn a 3rd language so I've been studying French now to alleviate the burden later. Once I know what courses I'll be taking in the fall, I plan to reach out to those professors for the syllabus and start reading things ahead of time. During the pandemic, I figured out what type of routine best fits me now - I like
  10. I would wait for the financial package to come out before accepting. This season I was burned by one school. They accepted me and led me to believe they would fund me. I was planning to accept, but after a month of waiting, they finally revealed they weren't going to fund me. Luckily, I have another option, that overall is a better fit, but had I accepted prematurely, I would have been more devastated.
  11. Disclaimer: My background is in Italian, not French. I don't know a ton about UNC but I did apply there. I went to UIUC as an undergrad and studied Italian in the FRIT dept. I don't know the French profs, but I know Rushing who is Ital/CL prof who does some work on French. He is amazing, btw. Anyway, info that could be useful for you: Funding can be hit or miss. They really don't have money. I applied to a PhD in Italian this year at UIUC and one of my profs emailed me right away to say "Apply to FLAS... there is too much uncertainty with COVID." It's a little late to apply to FLAS f
  12. I know it's not the same as Information, but I'm still waiting on results from the Italian program. I interviewed back in the first few days of February, and haven't heard anything since.
  13. Of course! It's my pleasure. Ah, Dubai, that will be a bit of adjustment in terms of winter! I think a lot of winter is actually mental. You can get through it by staying positive and wearing warm clothes. The Scandinavians say, "There's no bad weather, just bad clothes." For me, that's very true. My suggestions would be wearing "long underwear" under your pants and wearing lots of layers - you can always take layers off if you're too warm. Better safe than sorry. Also, it can be windy in Chicago any time of year. So windbreakers make a great layer. That's good the scenery suits you. Many
  14. Congrats on the acceptance! That is so exciting, especially for it being a top choice! I know it is hard not getting to visit the city. (Currently dealing with the same issue actually.) The experience gives so much precious information that doesn't transmit well over the internet. As you mentioned, the internet can also be quite polarizing. I will do my very best to give a fair answer. While I am a native, I've lived in other places (including abroad), which has informed my opinion of Chicago to be less biased. As an international student, you should feel at home. Chicago is so dive
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