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About Peanut

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  • Birthday 04/07/1994

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  • Application Season
    2017 Fall
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  1. Hey all. Like you can see from my signature, I will not be attending grad school this fall, much to my disappointment. After two cycles of nearly all rejections across the board (I have only received one acceptance from a MA program that offered minimal funding), I'm feeling really shitty about myself and my future. So...cheer me up! Or, chime in if you need to be cheered up too! I'm a glass half-empty kind of person, so I need something to keep me from becoming depressed.
  2. I have taught ESL in central China for the past academic year. The pay is not excellent, but housing/utilities and roundtrip airfare are covered and the cost of living is extremely cheap. One thing might be to consider what age/school level you prefer, because China is one of the few countries where you can teach at the university level with a BA, although you have a MA. It may be easier to get a uni job here than in other countries, however. Personally, I like teaching uni students. I have the freedom to teach what I want and to create my own lesson plans. Universities may be places where this kind of work is appropriate, as primary and secondary schools might have a set curriculum. Also, I am not certified to teach and I had only tutoring experience in college before I applied. China is much more lax. I also have student loans, and I have made enough money to eat out very frequently and also make monthly payments comfortably. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions!
  3. My waitlist turned into a rejection
  4. Got another rejection
  5. The wait is over! I got rejected....5/6 this year (one program left to hear from) and 10/11 last year
  6. So, accepted applicants would wait until the 15th to give a decision? And the 15th is on a Saturday (where I am it's already Saturday). Does this affect things? I'm just getting so anxious because I was certain that I would have heard by now. So, should I contact them on the 15th in local time? Or wait until Monday?
  7. I was waitlisted by my top choice PhD program back in February, and I was told that I would receive a final decision by early April. As it is now mid-April, I'm wondering what the "hold up" might be. Any thoughts?
  8. I'm getting SO anxious and it's hard to sleep at night. I just wanna know already!
  9. Got another rejection yesterday.
  10. Got another rejection yesterday.
  11. Hey all. I have three grad programs that I have yet to hear from, one of which is a waitlist at my top choice PhD program. Assuming that grad school doesn't happen this year, I'm gonna have a decision to make about my current job. I'm currently teaching English at a university in China. I like the job, but I don't think that I want to teach ESL forever. My contract with the university expires in July, but I do have the opportunity to renew my contract and teach again for the next school year. I'm kinda stuck. There are serious pros and cons to teaching in China. I've been here since September and I miss the variety American food, which is a con. I have dietary restrictions that make eating in this part of China pretty difficult (basically I must limit carbs for medical reasons, and the province I'm in is known for its wheat production). It's a small city, so imported foods are hard to come by and expensive. Full on Nescafe haha. This, along with air pollution and career track relatedness are the biggest cons I think. There are also some serious pros, like designing lessons in the comfort of my apartment as opposed to being in an office all day, time off, creativity in lesson planning, hanging out with students, being able to afford to eat out, living alone, etc. But, I also wonder what my chances are of finding a job in an anthro-related/research-related field in the US. I have a BA (2016) in anthropology with an emphasis on cultural anthro. I have academic research experience and TA experience as an undergrad, but most of my jobs in college were things like tutoring. I do have a museum collections internship that I did for one summer, but it's not relevant for my research experience or interests. I mean...what are the chances? I don't have any "connections" that are no doubt needed to get a job these days. Any advice?
  12. My profs knew me well because I went to a school with about 1300 students and class sizes were small, so I'd assume that their letters were pretty personalized.
  13. Profs did look over my statements both last year and this year. I went to a liberal arts school, so no admissions committees there, but maybe my recommenders sat in on meetings as PhD students? Idk. I have not asked my recommenders about what they wrote, but I trust that they all wrote positive letters. They didn't say anything otherwise. However, last year one of my recommenders (who I did not ask again this cycle) wrote caveats in hers about her thinking that I should take time off between undergrad and grad.
  14. One of the three is an official waitlist. As for the other two, one is an English school with a rolling deadline (I applied in late January) and the other is a Canadian program that, from what I understand, just sends out decisions later than most places in the US.
  15. Aren't all PhD programs hard to get into though? That's what I was told as an undergrad. My subfield is cultural/environmental/nutritional anthro. I'm currently teaching English in China. My second major in undergrad was modern languages where I studied Spanish and French. In undergrad I studied abroad for one semester on a field-based program in Costa Rica and I also attended an ethnographic field school in Jamaica.