Originally Posted by bslo
Your best move would be to marry a woman with a good job who would be willing to support you indefinitely.
Oh man. Do this, teger. This sounds amazing. My gf and i are doing well but to marry a rich chick (my age) and let me go back to school and do basically what you're doing in history would be awesome
Can that be option C?
But if you're doing a PhD no matter what go for the VT path and just work hard while you're there in your program and try to participate in other national history journals and shit like that. Going to UVA doesn't even guarantee you an in to the PhD program it seems. It's a better school but it's not the magic key that a harvard, stanford or something like that would be.
It does blow about the location not being that fun but you're gonna be busier than you have been in the past so it won't be that big a deal. The idea of almost 100k debt and just being poor and happy is definitely easier to swallow not vs 8 years from now when you're also paying for phd program or other moving expenses to the new school/area.
Also, if you're gonna get into professorship after you get your phd, you won't be able to be super picky with the school you do research and teach at either with the phd teaching market. You might have to take a spot at a school in a lame college town if you want work. Holding out for only cool cities to teach in is gonna be tough (though this is like 8 years down the line so no worries now lol)