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    2014 Fall
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    UChicago MDiv

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  1. Hi there! Congrats on having such a great choice to make! I don't have time to write up a lengthy response (finals right now--slightly crossed eyed..), so I'll bullet-point a few things off the top of my head in favor of Chicago: 1) as you mentioned, living expenses here is a vast leg up over Cambridge. I basically gave up looking in Cambridge because I wanted to live on my own and couldn't find anything for under $1300-ish a month. Whereas I live in a large (for me) 650+ sq ft 1 br 1ba on my own in Hyde Park with all utilities covered for under $1000. That monthly bill adds up... 2) faculty are absolutely invested in masters students here at Chicago. That's really all there is to say about this. 3) The Div School at Chicago obviously has a great faculty in the broad areas you mentioned as your interests. I'd add, however, that the faculty outside the Div School that you'd have access to as a student at Chicago would really put you at the top of the field in terms of intellectual history. I'd suggest that you take a look at the faculty on the Committee on Social Thought, History, and NELC. That's all for now. I guess the last point I'd add that is to trust your gut--if you've visited UChi and loved it, I'd say that was a pretty good sign. I haven't regretted following that instinct. Visit HDS if you can--it's a very different vibe. Good luck, and congrats again!
  2. Hi folks! Congrats on the UChi admissions--it's a magical place. Just to answer a general question or two, here are the dates for the upcoming autumn quarter: Autumn 2015 Date Event/Deadline Sunday, September 20 College Orientation Wednesday, September 23 Incoming Student Registration (College) Monday, September 28 Autumn Quarter Begins Thursday–Friday, November 26–27 Thanksgiving Break Thursday–Friday, December 3–4 College Reading Period Friday, December 11 Convocation Saturday, December 12 Autumn Quarter Ends (Link: http://www.uchicago.edu/academics/calendar/#year) And as for on-campus student jobs, here is where you would find the official listings: https://studentemployment.uchicago.edu/index_jobs.php You do, however, need a student log-in to see the actual listings, but you'll be receiving that very soon from the school because they issue that to you before you either accept or decline precisely because they know that you'd like to have access to this kind of information. Since y'all are in the Div School, the Dean of Student's weekly newsletters actually have a lot of relevant information for jobs that don't get posted to the official student employment page that I just gave you. Pay ranges from $9.50-$15ish/hour as far as I know. The coffee shot in the basement of the Div School, for example, are constantly looking for students to hire, and they pay $10/hour. Finally, work-study is not that competitive to get. The general range seems to be about $2500-3000 for the three quarters of the academic year. On top of whatever you've been offered on your admission process, there will be just one university-wide grad student financial aid application (it's really simple) that you'll also be getting access to soon, though you can view information about it here: https://sla.uchicago.edu/page/graduate-financial-aid. You'll also gain access to this application with the same ID that you'd use to get a look at the student employment page. Finally (wait, finaally..?), here's a database that can be used to search for outside funding: http://grad.uchicago.edu/fellowships_funding/fellowship_database/ Hope this helps a bit!
  3. Hi all, Since I know nothing about the Hebrew Bible, I figured I'd just ask this question: what is the authoritative Hebrew edition (editions?) of the LXX that is commonly used by scholars, something that would be the HB equivalent of the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece? Is there a commonly-recommended Hebrew-English interlinear, or even Hebrew-Greek interlinear? For the New Testament, for example, I use the Brown and Comfort/Douglas edition of The New Greek-English Interlinear New Testament based on the Nestle-Aland, so everything is standardized. Any suggestions on these fronts before I went out onto the vast sea of Amazon on my own? Thanks in advance!
  4. I finally accepted a great fellowship offer for the MDiv at UChicago yesterday and turned down another generous offer at HDS. Great way to finish off the season. Onward!
  5. Yay! Congrats on the decision! It must feel good to put the suspense to bed. As for me, I'm still hanging in the balance between the two. Maybe I'll see you at orientation at HDS! A third of HDS' what? Admitted students? I did a count of the main faculty of HDS, and 10 out of 42 listed on the HDS handbook's faculty section has their PhD from U of C (maybe one or two was M*, I don't recall right now...)
  6. Hi yingoriental! That's so funny. I'm in basically the exact same situation at the Qinghua girl with HDS, except that I studied there only for one year as an undergrad exchange student last year! What are the chances! Is your alma mater Qinghua/Tsinghua as well?
  7. That's so interesting. Would you have any relevant experience that makes you feel this isn't the case at other competitive schools? HDS, for example?
  8. Sure. I'll post in a second, although I'm not sure how one goes about getting it pinned? Also: does anyone know of resources for studying Sanskrit? I'm coming up a bit short there. Thanks!
  9. marXian, I'm pretty sure you're the only person on here who consistently answers each person's question thoroughly and thoughtfully. I imagine it takes a great deal of time and effort. Just wanted to say "thanks" for benefiting all of us!
  10. We're almost at 100! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhvTDVbklJMddGpWTEZWRW9fdWVESW1lYnA5NEJZRmc&usp=drive_web#gid=0 Now, if only we can convince the Department of Education/FLAS that "dead" languages can also be related to national security....
  11. Congratulations to everyone! It seems that people on this board are having a lot of success in general--maybe it's because we're all a tad obsessive about this whole thing? I notice that quite a few of us have choices to make, which is a blessed position to be in. Curious: are people following the best financial offer they're getting, or choosing your dream school/the place you eventually want to do your PhD at (if you indeed want one)? I'm torn, but leaning toward money, since it's actually the "bigger name" school, and comforting myself that I'll eventually go to my dream school.
  12. Blergh. My hands are stiff. Okay, if any one has suggestions for additions, please either email me or comment straight on the Google Doc. I didn't give anyone access just because I wanted to keep it clean. Let's keep this going! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhvTDVbklJMddGpWTEZWRW9fdWVESW1lYnA5NEJZRmc&usp=sharing
  13. Also: why must language texts always cost an arm and a leg. Whyyyyy!!!
  14. This is great! Thanks for sharing, everyone! I'm working on a spreadsheet right now, and will share a link when I get this topic compiled. I'll probably cross-post this to the languages and classics forums later. Yeah, crowd-sourcing knowledge!
  15. Exactly. I sure hope they don't drag it out like YDS! Why a Saturday?
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