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Ph.D. Program in American History at Cornell University - started 2003

Where did you get information about graduate school options? What would be the best way for our current students to find information about their options?
I was a participant in UWEC's McNair program, and I searched for grad schools by the faculty I want to work with in conjunction with their rankings in US News.

What advice would you give current students about courses they should take at UWEC before graduation if they're planning to enter a graduate program like yours?
Having a writing sample or project done EARLY. I finished my senior thesis in the summer going into my senior year so that I could constantly revise it. Faculty at Cornell have told me that this writing sample was the reason I was admitted.

What advice would you give current students about other preparation they should complete before graduation if they're planning to enter a graduate program like yours?
Begin reading any book considered a 'classic' now. You may have to reread it, but you will know it much better. Avoid reading too much middle-brow monographs. They take up too much time and are forgettable.

What were the biggest challenges you faced in your first year of graduate studies? Do you feel that your years at UWEC prepared you well to face these challenges?
Reading quickly deeply and quickly.

 

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