m651 Posted April 18, 2010 Share Posted April 18, 2010 Hi everyone, I'm interested in studying modern european history. Of that schools accepted me, I was most seriously considering Ohio State and Virginia. I visited both campuses and had a much more positive experience at OSU in terms of the city, the students (seemed happier, had some interests outside of endless readings and coursework), and the faculty (who seemed genuinely excited to have me there). The caveat here is that the professor who would be my advisor at Virginia is on leave, so I haven't had a chance to meet him, and he hasn't been particularly easy to get in touch with. My potential advisor at OSU on the other hand seems to be a great mentor figure, but not necessarily the most distinguished academic. In terms of funding, OSU offered me TA position with 4 years of guaranteed funding, with the possibility of a 5th year as well. Virginia offered me nothing. So the 15th rolled around and I signed and mailed my OSU acceptance form because it seemed to be the clear choice, despite the department at Virginia being ranked slightly higher, and my potential advisor at Virginia being somewhat of a star in his field. Then, on the 16th Virginia's graduate studies director wrote an email informing me that I was going to be offered a financial aid package after all. This package would take the form of a 3 year fellowship, with some TA work in years 2 and 3. It was also vaguely suggested that more department funding could be available after that, but only the first 3 years are guaranteed. So now I'm in a tough spot. I felt good about the people at OSU, as well as the city and campus. I'm having a hard time shaking the feeling though that I'm passing up a great last minute opportunity at Virginia, despite the lukewarm reception I received when I visited. If anyone could offer some additional insight into the situation that might move matters in one direction or the other, I would be extremely grateful. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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