I thought that since it is Christmas Eve, that I would go ahead and write a post about my favorite holiday of all time: CHRISTMAS!!!
The Christmas holidays are seriously my all time favorite. In my family, we get together on Christmas Eve at someone’s house and we all bring different foods (We plan months in advance to make sure everything goes well), we make little plays about the Nativity scene, and open presents at midnight. Family traditions are very important to us, and it is something I miss incredibly. I still remember my aunt wanting to talk on the microphone every Christmas, me never wanting to participate in the plays, and my mom spending every second of the party in the kitchen. I have not spend a holiday with my whole family in 5 years, and next year I won’t have any family with me as I won’t be able to travel back to the US until after my degree. Today, I will be able to spend the holiday with my mom, brother, step-dad, aunt, and uncle; and I could not be happier. Next Christmas I hope to spend it either in Portugal or Sweden, and I can’t wait till I get to experience a European Christmas and compare it with a Puerto Rican one.
I hope everyone has a great Christmas and Happy Holidays!!
The struggle of most History majors or pretty much any humanities student around the world is getting asked “what are you going to do with your degree?”. I can’t begin to count how many time I have been asked that same question from family members to total strangers that you just met. My first experience with the struggles of being a humanities major was in High School when I was asked what I wanted to study by my counselor and I said “something to do with history or anthropology”, and her face could tell you a story. She was already thinking about another unemployed graduate that wad going to go into retail. Well, kind of. I did go into retail after my bachelor’s degree, but thanks to the skills I learned throughout my degree I got several research and writing skills that many might not have. I might not be a doctor or want to be a lawyer, I do have plans and there are options for me besides being a high school teacher. I want to enter Academia, that has been my dream since I was little. I have talked with my mother about being a “Catedratica” or Emeritus Professor since I was six or seven years old. I understand that that might not ever happen as it is hard and almost near impossible to find a position in Academia, but that’s my goal. However, I have a plan B and plan C. I know I will have to do post-graduate research for a while until I get lucky enough to land a lecturer or even teaching fellow position. But at least I will be happy and doing what I love.
So, why am I ranting about getting asked “what are you doing with that major”, well after getting asked the same question you start to think about your future, and start believing that you won’t do any good in life if I study what I love and that I should be more practical. That happened to me several times. Throughout my undergraduate career, I changed my major about 5 times, and being on a limbo is not funny. And after deciding on History, I almost went for a second bachelors to study management, and settle for a manager job. However, that is not what I want. I want to study, I want to travel, I want to see the world and learn about how those places came to be, I want to dive into the past and understand why things went the way they did and how it affected that place or person’s future.
Now that the rant is over, I just want to say, do what makes you happy, study what makes you feel fulfilled, but also have a plan B or maybe even a plan C as the future is unpredictable in many ways. Love what you do, and do not settle because others say you should.
My last recommendation…
IS IN!!! Applications will probably will be sent in on Monday as my advisor works again then, but I don’t care because ALL MY DOCUMENTS ARE IN!!!!! I CAN’T EVEN RIGHT NOW!!!!!!
Alright, I’m all good now 😁
Also, I decided to apply for a 7th program! This one is a MA in Cultural History from University of Liverpool. It just sounded so interesting that I couldn’t hold myself and had to add it!!
Now I can sleep with a smile on my face!!
Today I want to talk about letter of recommendation or LoRs as I will call them. This is the part of your application process that is out of your hands for the most part.
Alright, so for most postgraduate programs, they will ask for two LoRs, and at least one has to be academic. I got really worried because I have been out of school since December 2013 so it feels like ages ago. I kick myself every time for not keeping up with former professors from my favorite courses. I changed my mind so many times about what to do regarding grad school that my mind did not realize that LoRs are extremely important for entrance to a Master’s program.
So far I have asked 3 professors for LoRs and one has replied back. Classes start next week at GSU, so I will email the other two professors again next week in case they didn’t get it. On my email, I told them about the classes I took with them, what I have been doing for te past year and a half, and what my goals are regarding the masters and my education. I also sent them a copy of one of my many personal statements so that they got a view of where I am standing on my academic life.
I am hoping I get the LoRs I need my mid-September so that I can send in my applications to my advisor (I am going through an education agent for this whole process, more info in the next post) so that it can all be sent in and I can hopefully know the results before thanksgiving. I want to be able to apply for as many grants and scholarships as possible and as early as I can so that I don’t have to take out the full amount of loans (more on this later). As you all can tell, this process has become a waiting game since now all I can do is wait. I am hoping I can get going with the process soon, but it really is out of my hands. So, wait we do.
I’m the mean time I will be adding a picture of the day in all of my posts for now on so look out for those!
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Picture of the day
Me at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida (Last day of my internship in January 2015)
I am super excited to be going through this process as I am in LOVE with the UK. I had the opportunity of studying abroad in the spring of 2013, and it was literally the best experience of my life. I got better academically, met some of my best friends, traveled around Europe…well only Spain, Portugal and Ireland, outside of day trips around the UK and weekend trip to London. Seriously, my writing got SOOOOOO much better while studying abroad. I had one semester left of undergrad when I studied abroad, so on my last semester at GSU my grades were literally the highest of my undergrad career!!
Since we are taking about writing, today I want to talk about Personal Statement, and the process of writing one for postgraduate applications.
Alright, so if you know me well, you know that I can get my English and my Spanish mixed up (PS: I was born in Puerto Rico, so I have taken English and Spanish since forever) and my writing sometimes suffers due to it. Well, thanks to my semester in Nottingham my writing improved once my professor told me that my English was not so good… yeah…I know. So thanks to my worst critic, my English writing got so much better to the point that once back in the US writing felt like a breeze…a thick breeze, but one non the less. So that’s is why writing this Personal Statement has me so panicky. Well, as of right now, I have 5 out of 7 Personal Statements on first draft status. I even sent them to my friends so that they could peer-review them for me.
Right now, I feel as most of the personal statements are very much alike as they are all about the same topic…kind of…International Studies/History/Cultural Studies/International Relations. Oh well! I am hoping that the first drafts are good, and that they need very little work on them.
Now, I am going to finish writing these statements and making sure there is all statements are personalized towards each program and why and want to go to their university. If you have any suggestions regarding how to make a personal statement stand out or if you want to share how did it go in your process, please comment below!!
Also, if there is any topics you might want to me to touch, please also comment below!