UtahHistoryBuff Posted March 24, 2017 Share Posted March 24, 2017 (edited) Greetings everyone! As the title indicates, I am a sophomore history major. I have my heart firmly set on attending grad school and producing work and research in the field of history. Honestly, my interests are wide as far as occupations are concerned, but one thing stands true, they all require some level of post-graduate education (academia/research, think tanks, etc.) As it stands now, I have a 3.7 GPA. and am on track to graduate by or possibly before Spring 2019. I have a few concerns about graduate school, obviously history graduate programs in particular. How much weight is given to your undergraduate institution given? This is something of concern to me. Although I love my university, have made great relations with professors, and have been truly intellectually challenged given the small class sizes, the truth of the matter is my universities name simply doesn't carry the same weight as even bigger schools in the state, let alone region or country. How important is being published as an undergrad? Do I need to go through this with a professor, or is it something I can seek out on my own? What could I/should I be doing to build a solid resume? I'm doing well academically, but I'm just thinking about when I apply to grad school in the future I'll only have a GPA, GRE, modest LORs, etc. to throw at them. In other words, nothing to really separate me from the pack. I'm honestly stressing out compared to all my fellow history majors applying for law school who only really need to focus on having a killer GPA and LSAT. No easy task, but identifiable numbers nonetheless. Grad school, seems so...uncertain. Sorry for all the questions, but one last one. How do you decide on a specialty for your history graduate studies? I know this is the ultimate cliche of cliches when it comes to history majors, but I really do love and have a passion for all history. One week I'm fascinated by the European colonization of Africa, and the next week reading first hand accounts of Mormon settlers coming to Utah and the American West. I really could see myself specializing in almost anything. Thanks a million for any and all help you can provide a hopeful future history grad student! EDIT: I am also taking and doing really well in Chinese (Mandarin) and Spanish. I plan to continue to take these language's respective classes as well as outside lessons throughout the rest of my time here. If this means anything at all. Edited March 24, 2017 by UtahHistoryBuff Andrejez 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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