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  1. Definitely leave out all high school stuff. Perhaps if your awards are highly relevant to your field, maybe add those to your Awards/Honors section, but realistically all high school related content should be left off. For reference, if you received your undergraduate degree and were applying to jobs, you shouldn't have high school stuff on it either.
  2. Hello colleagues in the humanities, I've read some of the previous threads on eReaders but they're all from around 2011. I'm particularly interested in updated information on quality eReaders as well as how they would function for someone in the humanities. Do you recommend using one or not? If so, which eReaders would you recommend? How is using an eReader in class? I'm in the languages, and I've heard you can find books in the target language for cheaper on eReaders and then you have the added benefit of a built in dictionary and can take notes more easily in the text. I'm very old
  3. Northwestern - very safe (mostly). It's actually not in Chicago (unless you're going to their downtown campus in Streeterville area.) It's in a rich suburban town that feels very city-like called Evanston. I would watch out for where the Red Line ends at the Howard Stop - that part of town can be rough. Also, Streeterville is fairly safe, one of the more expensive parts of the city to live. Loyola - safe. This is in Roger's Park (plus a downtown campus for law?) - just south of Evanston. So be wary of the Howard area, as mentioned above. I lived in Rogers Park for a time and never felt u
  4. They say I say By: Gerald Graff Write it Up By: Paul Silva Chicago Guides to Writing By: William Germano
  5. You can explain that your circumstances have greatly changed and you need to decline the offer. Explain how grateful you are for his time spent interviewing you and considering your application - maybe add a little personal flair of something you discussed to show that this is a personalized email. And end with best wishes to him and hope to keep in touch or cross paths in the future.
  6. Well, I'm excited to let you all know that I'm coming to OSU in the fall! 🎉
  7. 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
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
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