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  1. Congrats!!! You're gonna do great. Please let us know how it goes
  2. I see a few Penn interviews! Would any of you be willing to share your fields? First school I applied to that's becoming active this admissions cycle.
  3. Applying to CLS while simultaneously having apps out to 7 PhD programs is going to be the end of me! Every time I hear my e-mail chime, I jump!
  4. Hi! Your interests seem similar to mine, I also research late Soviet history with an emphasis on culture. May I ask where you applied? It would be really neat to wind up in a department with people who had similar topics of interest.
  5. I also chatted briefly with a POI on Zoom, but I doubt there will be more contact before decisions. So far, I have not heard a peep from any of the programs I applied to, but on the plus side, it looks like nobody else has heard from these programs either (at least not to my knowledge). It's early yet! Best of luck, would be lovely if we both made it, and cool that you're also doing modern Europe.
  6. I'm a Russianist (modern Europe and gender/sexuality are my research areas for UCSB). What about you? The waiting period sure is painful!
  7. I'm sorry, is this aimed at me? I am in graduate level classes in a history department. Edited this because it's not worth my time to argue with a PhD candidate who is working in the private sector and enjoys gatekeeping passive aggressively at undergrads for fun. Enjoy your life, I hope you find your peace.
  8. For what it's worth, and to offer a different opinion, my thesis advisor told me that admissions committees don't have the time to care about a minimal overage like that, and it's more important to make sure that your SOP and writing sample are your best possible work. By all means, if you can cut the SOP down and it is better, do that, but I am under the impression that our applications will be judged by their actual content, as opposed to precise adherence to word count guidelines. It might be a more productive use of your time to get more opinions on the SOP from people in the field than to
  9. I'm also applying for advanced Russian! This is my first year applying for this program and I'm trying to remain hopeful that we will be in person. Maybe that's a mistake, lol. If CLS is not in person, I might try for a summer intensive in the US like Indiana or Bryn Mawr. They're just so expensive!
  10. Thanks, guys! Really appreciate the advice. I'm getting ready to submit my apps in the next week or so -- I'm an MA student with a teaching position and a lot of extracurriculars, and I'm just getting them all done at once since my earliest deadlines are approaching. My attitude right now is "hope for the best and definitely prepare for the worst". I have really appreciated having this forum as a resource, wish I knew about it the first time!
  11. Hey everyone - I've had mixed feedback on this so I was wondering if I could get your two cents. After I submit applications, is it a good idea to email faculty I've had positive contact/informal meetings with to thank them once again for their time and let them know that I've applied? My contacts were all in the late summer and I'd like to remind people about our discussions, but I do not want to come across as annoying/disrespectful of faculty time.
  12. Good to know, I really appreciate that! At this point, for my writing sample, I'm just trying to make sure I have something polished and cohesive that demonstrates original research. I began my SOP-writing process in June so I'm already on my third (depending on the school, fourth) draft of that -- but it would certainly not hurt to give it another edit.
  13. A late October update - professors contacted, SOP drafted and reviewed, and I've started some of the actual apps. The biggest task I have on my plate is finishing the thesis chapter that I'm using as my writing sample before December 1st. No pressure, right? 😅
  14. Wow, just looked at their page, that's amazing! Thanks for letting me know, I will definitely reach out.
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