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medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture Having done, just that (which I thoroughly recommend), am not sure 'making' money is the right word (as living in London sucks all your money away and you end up living on rice pudding for the last week of the month!)  It's really worth it though.

Ellie

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Dr Ellie Pridgeon
Geffrye Museum
Shoreditch
London

(Hon) Archivist, Church Monuments Society

At 15:09 13/10/2009, you wrote:
medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture John -- another possibility is that your student could work for a year in a place like London or Paris, supporting himself by, e.g., teaching English as a second language. With a flexible work schedule, he could attend the endless and high-quality medieval seminars on offer in the various universities and institutes there. This would be a way to survive and even make some money while getting a great education.

I'd hope that when the day comes for him to apply to a major doctoral program, he will be accepted.

George

(TAN: In the unlikely and unfortunate case of his application being turned down, let us urge him to be gracious and tenacious. Unlike the gentleman at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w3YJjdXZBM .)

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George FERZOCO
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On 5 Oct 2009, at 23:08, John Wickstrom wrote:

Dear List members,

 

I have a senior history major concentrating on Medieval Studies who has high hopes for getting a PhD at a good university and working in our privileged profession. However, I don’t think he’s ready yet for the Ivies (he just won’t get in for another thing). His Latin is imprecise and his writing is uneven. His preliminary GRE was mediocre. But he works very hard, he speaks well, and has great determination…qualities in the long run that will serve him well. It was suggested to me that a good master’s program with a record of sending its more successful students on to the Ivies or equivalents would be a good possibility.

However, looking around at various sources, I don’t see a plethora of such programs: Toronto,, Chicago’s MA in humanities seem the best of the lot. Are there others out there that  are of this level with a good record of placing their students? Is there another route I might recommend to him? This is really an extraordinarily promising student, but he  needs more time and competition and experience. I would welcome any suggestions from the list.

thanks

John  Wickstrom

Kalamazoo College

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