Welcome to the GradCafe

Hello!  Welcome to The GradCafe Forums.You're welcome to look around the forums and view posts.  However, like most online communities you must register before you can create your own posts.  This is a simple, free process that requires minimal information. Benefits of membership:

  • Participate in discussions
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Search forums
  • Removes some advertisements (including this one!)


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


rising_star last won the day on August 8

rising_star had the most liked content!


About rising_star

  • Rank

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Not Telling
  • Interests
    Travel, SCUBA diving, football
  • Application Season
    Not Applicable
  • Program
    social sciences
  1. University of Michigan SNRE? Yale School of Forestry and ES? Any number of public privacy programs, like Indiana's?
  2. Does your program have lab rotations? If so, that might help. In any event, read, read, read, and then read some more. Start with relevant review papers in your field.
  3. Two thoughts: 1) In general, the South is more formal than the southwest. As in, it's much more common for people to dress business casual or nicer to teach (even as grad students). 2) It's unlikely you'll be interacting with (m)any faculty at the school-wide orientation as that's typically run by student affairs professionals. Personally, I'd opt do jeans/summer casual for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. For Monday and Tuesday, I'd do something a little nicer (so maybe khakis or a dress/skirt, if female). I wouldn't necessarily go all the way to business casual unless you have and are comfortable in those clothes. For shoes, I'd go with something that's nice and easy to walk around a lot in for all events.
  4. You should do more reading. Plenty of qualitative researchers have written about the things you talk about. You might also be interested in a recent special issue in the journal Area on decolonizing indigenous studies.
  5. This is probably discipline specific. I've never been to a conference in any of my fields that lists someone's status (faculty vs. student) on the name badge. In my fields, all that's listed are your name and your institutional affiliation (if you have one).
  6. It's probably also worth noting that some countries give preference to national citizens first when it comes to hiring, which can complicate things as a foreigner. If I were playing the game that you're playing, OP, I'd probably try to go a country where I can learn a language that is spoken in multiple countries (e.g., French or German), rather than one that is less widely used like Danish or Norwegian. But, I think this is all a crazy gamble to take given that you really should be picking PhD programs based on where you can best pursue the research you want to pursue.
  7. This question has been asked and answered frequently around here. I'd suggest using the search box to find responses to this. But, no, you don't need to read 12 papers to email someone.
  8. Have you looked at job ads in Europe? I have in the past. What I've seen is that some require you to be able to teach in multiple languages right away (e.g., Switzerland in my experience, where they want you to be able to teach in both English and French) while others will give you 2-3 years to attain sufficient language skills to be able to teach and attend meetings in the national language (I've seen this more often for jobs in Scandinavia). I've never applied for a job in Europe so I can't speak to the other aspects of your post.
  9. True. My response above was geared toward the OP here, who is applying to PhD programs in statistics.
  10. Trying to be productive from 8:30am to 10pm with minimal breaks just isn't a good idea. It's a recipe for burnout. It's also worth thinking about whether you can be productive for 3 hours consecutively studying a language or if you might be better off doing something like the Pomodoro technique and doing 2-3 Poms on a topic before switching to another task on your list.
  11. Honestly, if you're only willing to work with someone who does "human-horse relations", you're probably overly limiting your potential programs far more than you should be. There are plenty of folks in animal studies who might use relevant theories for thinking about other animals and from whom you could learn a great deal by studying under. Moreover (and this builds on what @TakeruK has said above), in thinking about the job market, it's worth thinking about whether there will be any jobs looking for someone in "human-horse relations". There are certainly some jobs in animal studies but even that is more of a niche than something like human-environment relations or other aspects of sociocultural anthropology.
  12. I'm also a NFL fan and rarely live in the network area for my favorite team. At one point, I resigned myself to listening to audio of their games (streamed) combined with a cable subscription that included the RedZone channel so I could see all of their scores. But, that wasn't really an efficient use of my time. This fall I'm thinking that I'll probably just try to find a sports bar that will show the games and where I can get by with buying a small meal and a drink or two as I watch the game. If you figure something else out, definitely let me/us know!
  13. I've been away for a few days and boy was this thread a lot to read. @orange turtle, I am SOOO glad you found a champion on your research team. Good luck going forward and I hope that this creepy prof is out of your academic life for good now!
  14. Figure out a time schedule for each. That is, how many hours will you need to spend revising and editing various sections of the manuscript? How long would it you to perform each experiment? If you could make a reasonable (e.g., 8 hours a day) work schedule for the next three weeks, it might shed some light on your ability to complete the manuscript and the experiments simultaneously. It would also be good justification for your email to your supervisor.
  15. I would pick based on where you find the work most interesting in terms of potential supervisors and the coursework you'd be completing. Or, apply to a mix of each and make your decision after you get your acceptances and go visit various campuses.