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10/12/09 7:13 P

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My advisor called me and let me know I had been admitted way before the official letter arrived, so hang in there. I'm sure you'll do great.

PACHAKUTI-- I specialize in 20th century Mexico. I'm writing a dissertation on oil workers in Veracruz during the 1920S and 30s. What are you working on in Cambridge? What region of Latin America will you be focusing on?

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10/12/09 6:44 A

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Also if you got in good with them they might let you know informally before the letters are sent out. I was in email contact with my then-potential supervisor and he gave me the nod long before everything was formalized :) good luck!

What sort of Mediaeval History? AND What sort of Latin American History? (says the Latin American Archaeologist living in England ;))

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10/8/09 4:51 P

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I applied to the medieval history program at the University of Minnesota (that's right - APPLIED. emoticon I finished the application this past Monday and took the GRE on Tuesday).

The departmental picnic went well. I got to meet 3 out of 4 professors I'm interested in working with and think I made favorable first impressions on all of them. Now all I've got to do is wait. Hopefully they use a rolling admissions process, so I won't have to wait until after the December 1 deadline to find out whether or not I got in.

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10/8/09 4:45 P

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Hey there! Here's my story: when I first applied to Columbia, I was invited to see one of the professors for an informal interview. Needless to say, despite the "informal" setting, I was a nervous wreck. When the professor asked me if I had applied to other schools (which I hadn't), I instinctively replied "yes!" because it seemed like that's what he wanted to hear and I was so nervous. He then started asking me all these questions about the schools to which I had supposedly applied. I could tell him that I had lied at that point! Anyway, thankfully, I was admitted at Columbia and didn't have to talk about the "other universities" anymore. I'm in the Latin American history program. Where are you applying for medieval history?

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9/14/09 12:20 P

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I've tracked down my former professors for recommendations, found my master's dissertation to submit as my writing sample, and written my application essays. Now all that's left is to put it all together and submit it onlie. Oh, and take the GRE again. And then wait anxiously to hear the admission committee's response.

On top of that, I've been invited to a departmental picnic tomorrow, where I'll meet all my potential professors for the first time. At this point, I'm so nervous you could knock me over with a feather, and I'm doing my best to avoid nervous eating. Do any of your have any amusing and/or inspirational stories you'd like to share about your admissions process?

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