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  1. Really? My professor's doctorate is from Leuven. It might be different within theology. I dunno.
  2. Nah, I'm Catholic, so it was a fair assumption. I have two main reasons for looking at European schools, and Leuven in particular: cost, and family. I've been in conversation with Leuven, and I have been told (and my mentor confirms this) that Leuven is so heavily subsidized by the Belgian government that the cost per year is 600 Euros. That's the *cost*. My mentor made very clear to me that it's an absurdly affordable program. The other side is that my wife is a Wagnerian soprano who needs to spend a couple years auditioning in Europe. I'm already an EU national, so *getting* there is
  3. I'm currently pursuing my MA in Theology, and I'm planning on doing another MA in Philosophy before I go onto doctoral work, because my background in philosophy could be stronger. My thesis advisor/mentor has been really encouraging me to move in a more philosophical direction in my work as is, as I naturally tend in that direction anyway. So I'm looking at his alma mater, KU Leuven, where my plan is to do their abridged BA in Philosophy (because I really do need to strengthen my background...) and then the one-year MA, and then taking stock to see if I want to do the MPhil or move on to a
  4. Planning my wedding, listening to philosophy podcasts, trying to bone up on philosophy more generally, and picking up some French along the way
  5. So, I'm going to be starting at Seton Hall this fall, but I live in the Bronx, which is a very lengthy trip away via public transit. I don't have a car. I also have a full-time job in Brooklyn. I keep reading how it's important to form professional relationships with the other students and with professors, to be present on campus, etc. But I'm not sure how I'm supposed to do that; I'll be in three classes a week, two of them in the evenings, and while I've decided I'm going to take at least one day a week to be present on campus, I'm very concerned about how possible it will be to form mea
  6. Hell, I still haven't been officially rejected from Fordham.
  7. I submitted a book proposal to Loyola several years back on the advice of a reader of my blog who was an editor there; by the time my proposal was finished and submitted, though, she had moved on. I received a respectful reading and was declined.
  8. I figure this would be a good thread to have and keep active: any questions any of us might have regarding thesis writing and prep. My own question: How far in advance do I need to have my thesis topic picked? I have a few vague ideas running around my head, but nothing especially concrete.
  9. Language and philosophy. I speak Italian pretty well, but it's not exactly coming in handy in this. I did French in high school and one semester of college, but I am profoundly ill-equipped in both that language and German. I also don't have the best formal backing in philosophy. I've done a lot of reading on my own, but nothing systematic or under the tutelage of a knowledgeable instructor.
  10. Is it worth it joining one of these organizations? I'm a total novice at upper level academia.
  11. Seton Hall University ICSST. I'm doing the research option, concentration in systematics. Already trying to dream up thesis ideas.
  12. I can attest it is. Congrats, Luke! I'm going to be going into SHU for advising this upcoming Tuesday.
  13. Me too, buddy. In seminary I was the bomb-throwing anarchist. When I withdrew from seminary, I suddenly became the most conservative person in my social circle.
  14. After reading all your advice, and discussing it with my fiancee (because this does concern her, and she's been pretty vociferous about *both* of us getting German down for our eventual move), I've decided I'm going to focus on French in the classroom, and worry about German on my own time. I'll be going in for advisement soon, so hopefully I can work something out with language classes at SHU; the bulletin only says I need to have one of the two down before comprehensives, and says nothing about electives being used to fill this need. We'll see how it goes. If push comes to shove, I might jus
  15. Sandberg's looks really good. I might give that a go. At least one Amazon reviewer used it to pass their language exam for their doctorate. I'm simply worried without the demands of a course, I'd simply never pick it up and work on it. :/ As far as German goes, my fiancee and I are considering hiring a German tutor for weekends, because she needs to get a lot of her German back, too.
  16. Considering the direction in ministry you told me you'd been considering, if that's something you're really thinking about, BC is hands down the better choice.
  17. My program requires a working written knowledge of German or French before they'll award you your masters. I've been debating how to go about this. My fiancee and I have been planning on moving to Germany for a spell after I graduate so she can audition for some German opera fests, so German would be *very* useful in that regard. But my academic interests hover in large part around French theologians, particularly Yves Congar and Henri de Lubac, so French would be quite helpful there, too. Further complicating things, I have a good background in Italian, and would like to get that back
  18. I'm not biased at all, but I'd go with BC. The resources BTI offers are immense, and I think you could get an absolutely spectacular education there.
  19. Anyone else going to SHU this fall?
  20. Still not in! Ah well. Moving on.
  21. As you all know, because of my very public freakout while waiting to hear from them, that I was rejected from Boston College. I didn't receive a formal rejection letter; at a certain point, I simply called them up and asked. ANYHOO. So yesterday my official rejection letter came, telling me I had not been admitted....into a program for which I had not applied. I applied for the MTS, and I received a letter telling me how I hadn't been admitted for the MATM. I would write this off to simple error were it not for the fact that my application *had* been misfiled at one point into the MATM
  22. Shows you what I know. But I totally had a feeling we'd get a Pope Francis.
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