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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Is anyone else still waiting to hear back?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. 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.
  9. I don't think it would make you seem needy, but I'm somewhat skeptical if it would do you any good: universities are pretty siloed, and it's unlikely that your advisor would have any influence on what, say, the university development office is doing. I've only ever heard of universities stepping in to help spouses when it's for a job (post-doc, lecturer, tenure-track, etc) and not for students, though who knows - maybe things are different in the sciences! That said, I don't think it would hurt to email the DGS and ask for advice about finding your partner a job in Davis, and if they happen to have a friend across campus they might put y'all in contact. In your partner's cover letters he should definitely emphasize that he is already moving to Davis because his partner is starting a PhD program so it's clear there's no relocation cost/time involved. As for housing, I know a number of couples who live in Berkeley because one person works in San Francisco and the other goes to Davis. There is a shuttle that links the two campuses, though I imagine that this is not ideal, especially if you're trying to get acclimated to your campus and department. (Also, unrelated note: avoid calling the city "San Fran" or, god forbid, "Frisco": you'll attract the ire of the remaining locals. )
  10. Thanks! I was out of town this weekend, which helped take my mind off things. I actually thought about the Easter thing too. I started to get emails about TA assignments for the upcoming year...so I really hop we hear soon!
  11. No word today I'm really hoping we won't have to wait until next week...
  12. Congrats! Hope Mexico is next...
  13. For a studio/one-bedroom I think it would be difficult. If you're willing to share / looking for roommates, I think $700/month is definitely doable.
  14. This seems like the antidote (reverse magic?) that we need! (though just wait: all the remaining countries will notify all at once...at the end of the month!)
  15. I'm a former UVa undergrad. Never lived at Eagles Landing but had a few friends who did. Perhaps management/practices have changed since I graduated but I wouldn't recommend it, especially if you are relying on the shuttle to get to/from campus. I don't know if they still offer the roommate service (where they group applicants together into 3 or 4 bedroom apartments) but one of my friends had a horrible experience with a destructive roommate and the management wouldn't do anything to help her out. Things might be fine if you have alternative means of transportation and are planning on renting a one-bedroom, but I'd still poke around on www.brac.com and see if there are any better options. I'd avoid the areas close to Rugby Rd and the Corner and the big apartment complexes on JPA if you're trying to find a place to live that's less undergrad-y.