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  1. In general, I think any work experience before starting a professional master's degree is a good idea, especially in the field that you want to work in. You'll have the chance to develop "real life" skills and learn more about a career that you might be interested in pursuing in the future. It'll also help when you try to get a job after the master's program, since many higher ed positions want folks with at least some work experience. Another thing to keep in mind: if you can get a job at USF post-graduation (working admissions, etc), I have friends who were able to get steep discounts on their master's degrees there. You might consider finding a FT job and working toward the MA on the side.
  2. Do you intend on having a career in secondary education? If so, you may find that a more specialized MA in education leadership, curriculum writing, special education, etc might open more doors. For example, I know that in the state of New York there is a list of "approved areas" to be eligible for certain kinds of promotions and opportunities. There's also the question of networking: a professional master's program is a way to meet people in your field and make the right connections. If your intention is to enter public education, you will likely get more of that as an alumni of, say, Teachers College than a history MA program at NYU. Just a thought.
  3. If you're open to non-English programs you might look into Ethnic Studies/American Studies (e.g. American Culture at Michigan, Ethnic Studies at Berkeley) as well.
  4. Hey - this was discussed about 10 pages back in this thread if you want to go and see what others have said. That said, I don't think that this is disqualifying at all, as it's not something that is unmanageable or would necessarily prevent you from completing the grant. During my ETA we had an (informal) support group to talk about depression and anxiety (which can be exacerbated by the challenges of living in a totally different culture). Because of the silences around mental health, it's often easy to imagine that we're the only ones struggling. But I think this is really quite common, and anecdotally, didn't seem to stop people from receiving medical clearance.
  5. Are you talking specifically about MBA programs? If so, you might get more responses from an MBA specific forum, as there aren't that many MBA applicants on this particular site. It's also somewhat difficult giving you advice without knowing what your goals are. Why do you want an advanced degree? What is your ideal career?
  6. Is literature confined to written text? There's also an argument for a more capacious definition of "literature" as such that might include, for example, the vibrant world of ASL literature. The inclusion of ASL literature raises fascinating and urgent questions about epistemological categories, performance and embodiment, technology and translation -- debates that continue to enrich literary and cultural studies, in my opinion.
  7. Sure, but OP says their research area is disability studies, for which ASL is absolutely useful. From the experiences I've heard from folks working on deaf cultures or disability studies who struggled to get ASL accepted for a language requirement, it seems that part of the reason why departments don't see ASL as a viable research tool is precisely because they don't really think of it as a language.
  8. Obligatory "not an anthropologist," but I might have some insight on your research interests and target schools: 1. Are you fluent in Japanese (or whatever language(s) you might need for your dissertation)? That would be one obvious place to focus your attention. From casual observation, a good number of students seem to go from area studies MAs to anthro PhD programs, if you feel you need more academic preparation. 2. That's great you're doing JET! I'd approach your time abroad from the perspective of a field researcher: get into the habit of keeping a diary/notes, seek out opportunities to interact with a variety of people, and see if you can volunteer or intern in sites and spaces that intrigue you. 3. Considering the lower GPA, I would retake the GRE. 4. If you have not already, familiarize yourself with prominent anthropologists at the nexus of your interests (Ong, Tsing, Miyazaki, etc). See if their theoretical approaches excite you. If not, you might consider other fields: sociology, I/O psychology, perhaps organizational management programs located in business schools. Feel free to PM me as well!
  9. You can check the gender/sexuality/women's studies page in the interdisciplinary subforum, but there isn't a "ranking" of top gender studies programs or even a clear consensus on which programs are "best." UCLA, Minnesota and UC Santa Cruz are particularly strong PhD-offering departments in my areas of interest, though other programs (Emory, Michigan, etc) also have good reputations. The other thing to keep in mind is that many gender and women's studies students are in disciplinary PhD programs and are perhaps pursuing a "minor" or "certificate" in gender studies.
  10. Totally, the admission process can be really challenging! You mentioned in the original post that you didn't have a research topic yet, so that was what I was basing my advice on. I think your method of reading papers related to your areas of interest and see who's publishing in that arena is a good way to go. Depending on your theoretical/methodological commitments, you might also check out sociology and geography programs as well.
  11. Is anyone else still waiting to hear back?
  12. I think you might be going about this the wrong way. Instead of thinking about the US vs the UK, I'd spend more time thinking about your research interests and what exactly you'd like to study. While US-based PhD programs don't necessarily require a detailed research proposal, you are still going to need a coherent project - and a trajectory explaining why you're the best person to do this project - in order to be competitive. Once you have a sense of your project, and who your potential mentors/advisors might be, it might become clearer where you should be located, and why. This is also because it's pretty hard to generalize if the US or the UK is better in any said field, since it'll depend on your specific research project and career goals. Going to a top UK university might be better than a relatively unknown US institution, and vice versa. It's also worth thinking about other constraints - for example, if you aren't going to take the GRE or you're interested in living in UK or Europe, it makes more sense to focus there.
  13. 17th & Grady, a block from Rugby Rd? From my memory it'll be pretty loud on weekends. Check on Google Maps the distribution of Greek orgs (fraternities/sororities) in your immediate vicinity, because that'll give you a good sense of what the partying will be like. I believe it tends to get much quieter on the other side of Grady, further from grounds. Another consideration: the train tracks run right by there if you're sensitive to that kind of noise.
  14. Thanks for concurring! Yes, I definitely made a few people cringe when I moved out here and I've learned to avoid certain terms (e.g. "The Five"). It's always fun to observe all the small linguistic differences across the country...
  15. LOL! I'm not actually from the Bay Area so the little monikers don't bother me. But my partner is, and I've certainly heard it from his family and friends for sounding like an egregious tourist.