Hello all. New user, but I've been reading a lot of similar threads lately (some from years and years back), and this forum seems to offer a lot of good advice.
So here's my situation. I am a May 2010 graduate looking to get into a history PhD program for the Fall 2013 cycle, so I'll be applying at the end of this year. I am still doing research on professors and schools, but I've found a few programs that seem to have professors who are a good fit for my research interests, though I'll admit to some uncertainty there still. Basically, these are highly-rated programs that are sure to be intensely competitive. I want to know if anyone can give me any insight on my chances with these schools:
Michigan Ann Arbor
I am looking to study German history, with an emphasis on the development of the Prussian and Imperial states over time. I also have a strong interest in the development of the Holy Roman Empire and in military history.
My details: I was a double major in History and German with a 3.95 overall GPA, major GPAs were 3.9 and 4.0 respectively. GRE is 690 V, 720 Q, 5.5 writing. I have lots of academic honors from my university, am Phi Beta Kappa and a couple of field-specific honor societies, the works. I also have about 2 years of post-graduate work history in totally unrelated fields (marketing and tech writing). I do not have any publications or anything like that, though I do have several research theses. I speak and read German at an "advanced intermediate" level and have a mildly proficient reading knowledge of French (can't speak it to save my life though).
So... that's it! Sorry for the length, and for asking a question that's been asked a thousand times, but I've just started really preparing in earnest and thought that any information from you fine folks would be wonderful. Thanks again!