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  1. I plan to enter an anthro graduate school program (MA+PhD) in September 2018, which means I have something of a ‘gap year situation’ ahead of me [not in a strict sense, as I’ve been working for a number of years now]. I want to use this unstructured time ahead the best way I can. If you were in my position, how would you spend these spare 12 months before grad school officially begins? How would you prepare for what’s ahead, what would you focus on? It goes without saying that I have already given these questions a lot of careful consideration, but I’m very curious to learn how others would approach this topic; especially, current PhD candidates, postdocs, and lecturers/professors. Knowing what you now know, if you could go back, how would you spend a spare year like that? Some background: My field is social/cultural anthropology. My ultimate goal (grad school and beyond) is to prepare a CV and a research portfolio, which will aid me in launching an academic career in Europe. I have a BA in anthropology and an unrelated MA, I currently freelance (unrelated field); I have plenty of spare time, and can arrange my schedule in whatever way I see fit. I live in a mid-size European city (not a capital); can’t move anywhere this year, but can likely do some limited traveling. There’s a small anthropology department here, but I’m not affiliated with it, and never was. My degree is from the US. I can speak the local language fairly well. The grad school (next year) will be in a different county, and learning the new language will be one of my key objectives this year. The language of instruction will be English, however. Note: Not sure if I made this clear, but I’m not looking for suggestions such as “travel for fun,” or “get a new hobby.” I want to use these 12 months in the most productive way possible.
  2. Hi folks, After browsing numerous info on funding resources for DPhil candidates at Oxford, I found that there isn't a separate thread for this year's (Fall 2017) Clarendon Scholarship discussion. So here it is. Please leave a comment if you are waiting for the result coming out (and maybe the degree you applied for) OR if you have received the scholarship. Let's get some peer support! Good luck everyone!
  3. Hello! I was wondering if anyone here has applied to/heard back from the Psychology department at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. I visited back in October and was told that their "graduate applicant day" is usually held at the end of January. Here we are in the middle of January and I have not yet received an invite (nor have I seen any posts about Brock). Getting nervous!
  4. Hi I am an international student majoring in Sociology. Currently a senior and will be graduating next march. So I am planning on moving to graduate school to study Sociology. I have been applying to several UK schools and will be applying for North American schools (USA and Canada) in the next two months. I am indeed worried my application but my biggest concern at the moment might be my quant background. I did somewhat pretty well GPA wise in undergrad (Overall: around 3.85 Sociology:3.9-ish). However, the problem is, I have not taken any statistics nor quantitative courses. I did cover quantitative material in "Approaches to Sociological Research" and "Principles of Sociology" (basically introductory courses) but that is about it. I have not taken any courses which focuses on statistics nor quantitative methods. Looking through graduate schools, most of the program descriptions have something like, "Applicants are also expected to have acquired basic research and statistical skills" (U of Toronto). I am aware that, most likely, I will be required to take an undergraduate statistics course if I do get admitted. But would my inexperience in statistics hurt my admission chances? How much are they expecting? FYI these are the schools I will be applying for: NYU (PhD: top choice), Harvard (PhD), Yale (PhD), Toronto (MA), McGill (MA). Yes, these are difficult programs to get into. But I did receive an offer from a Masters sociology program in the UK; hence, I am testing my luck here. Thanks!
  5. I am a PhD student and I had some research funding lined up for the upcoming year, but it fell through at the last minute quite unexpectedly. So right now I'm frantically scrambling to secure some alternate funding. I'm on an F-1 visa, so off-campus employment is really not an option (apart from applying for OPT which takes months to process). This is why I am looking for dissertation fellowship opportunities as well. I know that most fellowships for a given academic year have deadlines early in the year, but I was wondering whether there are some with (very) late deadlines, or consider applications on a rolling basis, etc. My program as well as my dissertation project is on a cross-roads between the social sciences (sociology, economics) and computational sciences (think data mining/crunching, simulation and modeling), so I would be looking for something along those lines. Thanks for any tips.
  6. Hello everyone! So, I'm at a stage in my life where I'm swinging on a vine and letting the wind blow me from every direction to the other, as I try to decide what areas I should specialize in. My current undergraduate major is Political Science, though I'm planning on doing my Master's in International Affairs. My areas of research interest are three as of now: Peace and Conflict Studies, International Human Rights, Evolving bilateral relations and the significance of international organisations. If any of you peeps are from a Social Science and particularly a political science background and are in the same position I am, or are wading through your Graduate school or Doctorate already, I'd love to hear what you chose as your topic of research and why. Thanks!
  7. I did my undergrad in philosophy and quickly learned how competitive teaching at the college level has become (overwhelming adjunct faculty, etc). Originally I wanted to teach philosophy at the college level and I have been studying for the GRE (as hard as it is for me b/c I don't remember so much of the math!). I am still in self debate mode but I have now turned my attention to online Masters degrees in Education (emphasis in science or social science) since with my current financial situation it's not practical for me to move and/or drive an hour each way to school (I have student loan debt and credit cards, etc). I have been checking out the USC Rossier school online but have read some bad reviews and it is one of the most expensive. With that said, I'd like to get some thoughts and/or new information regarding choices. •What online M. Ed programs are good (if any)? Are any worth it? If possible, I would like to avoid having to take the GRE (since it's been many years since I did all that math and studying is going to be uber time consuming - but I suppose I would do it if I felt like I needed to in order to achieve my desired outcome of getting a good job teaching K-12 somewhere). Any other thoughts/advice would be amazing. Thanks all!
  8. Hi! UChicago's MACSS is a new 2-year program, so there aren't any alumni to ask. So I wanted to see what any of you may think about it. I found a quote from their Managing Director: “Our program is importantly different from the 10–12 high-level computational programs that presently exist on other campuses. Most of our peers are also one-year programs, and as a result have exceptionally high quantitative thresholds for admission, so there’s really no opportunity to have a shot unless you’ve already done that computational work.” So it seems that this is for candidates who want to go into computing/quant for soc.science, but with little previous math? Judging by their website, they also seem to cater to PhD prep and Big Data analysis. On their sample course tracks they list quite a number of courses on the Bachelor's level. Should that be a concern? What do you all think?
  9. I am majoring in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice. I am getting a very good GPA, but I haven't taken the GRE test yet. I plan to take that in the coming months, before the summer when I start applying to grad schools. Yale is my Ivy League that I really want to go to. I'm attracted to the campus, the curriculum, everything about the school stands out to me. Don't get me wrong, I am also applying to other Ivies for grad school, but this is the only one that I would have to apply for public health. I got my AA in psychology and was going to do behavioral science at my current university before I switched to my current major of CPJJ. Social and behavioral sciences would be my closest thing to my current major but I'm unsure if they will take me because of my field not relating well to public health. I can get some public health jobs that can pertain to behavioral sciences, but I'm not sure if I should also have job experience related to social work and child welfare. I'm really confused on if I can correlate these two majors or not. I feel like they can be, but I'm not sure how to do it in a way that doesn't make me feel like I'm wasting my time. I am very happy with my current major and am learning a lot, but when I go to grad school I want to build on my skills more, not feel like I'm starting something totally different and not like it as much. If any current Yale MPH students can help me out with this, I would really appreciate it. I am very worried that they won't accept me due to differences in degree pursuits and majors, but if I could go to Yale, it would mean a lot. If I could get into any Ivy, it would mean a lot, but Yale is my top choice. Thanks for the help guys
  10. Hey everyone! I know it's still early in the admit season, but this is something I've been wondering about nonstop the past couple of days. After so much time competing to get into schools, the role reversal is catching me a little off guard. With visiting weekends coming up and opportunities to talk to professors and grad students on the phone, I'm wondering: what are good questions to be asking them? For current/recent grad students: what questions did you ask that were helpful? What do you wish that you had asked? Would also love to hear from other applicants, and of course professors if you're on here! For context, I'm applying to Political Science PhD programs. Only heard back from one school so far, and I certainly don't want to be overconfident, but their visiting weekend is super early so I'm hoping to think through this early as well. Also hopefully this will be helpful to others who are picking between schools!
  11. Hi All - I've been accepted to two great MA programs, and am in the process of deciding between them. The financial scenarios have become a bit tricky, and I am hoping you can provide some feedback/thoughts on this current situation. Background: I currently have a 9-5 job that could potentially reimburse 50% of my tuition (if I am able to successfully argue why the degree is related to what I do - frankly, it has nothing to do with what I do, but is a means for me to eventually leave me job!). This job cannot be done part-time or on a free-lance basis. I am financially independent (paid for my BA on my own via scholarships, etc) and have no backing. Both schools are the same tuition (roughly 60K total for a 2 year full-time program). School A has yet to send me my financial package (but is OK with waiting for me to accept until I receive this package), and School B is eager for me to make a decision BEFORE I receive any information from them regarding the financials. School A: This is great program and I am excited by the prospect of studying there. It is a LARGE institution and, therefore, there is NO money to be had departmentally. Therefore, I should not expect any financial assistance - they have been honest about this from the beginning (which I appreciate). They offer an EXTREMELY flexible part-time program that would allow me to keep my current 9-5 job (which, again, could potentially reimburse 50% of my tuition). However, after my first semester/year, if I find keeping my job and doing 6-9 credit hours per semester is too much, I would have to leave my job. That means I cannot depend on the school to provide me with any supplemental monies. I could look for a part-time job if I find the 9-5 is too much, and, would continue to look for funding elsewhere (i.e. scholarships/grants). School B: Also, an equally great program and I am excited by the prospect of studying there. It is a smaller program and they have advised that they DO have departmental money allotted for the students in their program. They also have a part-time program, however, it is not flexible enough to keep my current 9-5 job (I would have to get a part-time job). This would all be fine, however, I cannot petition to receive any of their departmental money until AFTER I accept their offer and pay the enrollment fee. This, to me, seems out-of-the-ordinary - a bit like being offered a job, but being told I can't find out how much I would make until AFTER I accept. OVERALL: I love both programs and could see myself at either. I also am trying to embark on this career change as fiscally responsibly as I can (even if it takes 4 years). I am 30, I have no financial backing, and would rather not put myself into 60K of debt immediately without any income - especially since the kinds of jobs I'll most likely be walking into are in the 40-50K/year range (the MA is in a social science) and MOST IMPORTANTLY because of the state of the current economy/job market. I would rather NOT make this decision all about money, but, unfortunately it has become the paramount thing in this decision-making process. Any thoughts on this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  12. Hey, I haven't posted here in a year or so. I wanted to see if anyone is a blogger - I'm looking to link up my blog with other sociology bloggers. I specifically discuss public sociology. Have a look if you've got the time - follow it if you like it. I accept guest contributions too. www.sociologyforthepeople.wordpress.com Thanks. Good luck to everyone applying this year.
  13. I am writing my SOP and have the strong urge to organize my SOP this way: 1. my specific research interest (food of the Middle East) 2. how it fits with the discipline (situated food in context blah blah geography) 3. why I am qualified to study it (world systems theory seminar, food studies, place in my life, academic interest, hebrew language skills) 4. why I chose this school in particular (strong Middle East dept., profs with background in cultural geography theory, food, gender studies) Both official and unofficial suggestions of outlines are usually: 1. intro hook/interest in discipline (place is important/geography but saving research topic for #3?) 2. academic background/qualifications (history major, hard worker, this is still going to sound odd without them knowing my specific interests yet) 3. specific area of interest (food of the Middle East) 4. why this school in particular (see above) Is there a problem with reorganizing my outline how it seems to flow best? Is there some reason adcoms prefer to see it the "usual" way? Do I have to have a charming hook? Shouldn't my research interests be enough, with my personality coming out slowly in my writing? Won't my personal statement be the place for me to write about growing up in a rural setting, immigrant grandparents, my personal interest in the topic, anecdotes, etc.? Thanks! -I Miss Coffee (and wish I was drinking it but I can't, at least not until the anxiety of this application process is over)