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Everything posted by NoSleepTilBreuckelen

  1. I don't think you need to tell your recommenders. You'll already be telling the schools that ask on their applications and I think that's all you need to do. Schools are looking to recommenders to speak to your ability to do research/think creatively/etc., not to go into all the details of your application.
  2. Thanks AP! Yes, I was trying to be vague in many aspects of my post (just so the situation wouldn't be too identifiable) and I think it just got confusing. I was referring to my advisor as 'they'. I happen to use gender-neutral pronouns all the time, but saying 'she/he' would have made my post a lot more clear, especially since I also once referred to my committee. Your advice is very helpful and I'm going to do another post which (I hope) will be a little clearer
  3. I'm two years into a PhD program, and I've been working on a project that isn't producing any of the type of data that I work with. I thought it would, my advisor thought it would, but it just hasn't worked out. My advisor is on sabbatical and told me if I had any issue to talk to the faculty who are around. I did and more and more people started encouraging me change or expand my project so that I could do work that aligns with my research interest. It sounded great to me, and I tried to ask for a meeting to get my advisor's advice on whether to switch my project and decide how to move forwar
  4. I was going to suggest UChicago as well! Check out Kathleen Morrison's work (she has done some work on vegetarian diets in India). If you want to look at it from a historical (or prehistorical) perspective, there are lots of zooarchaeologists studying human-animals relations in the past.
  5. You mentioned 'transferring credits' - does this mean you would want to start your BA in an online setting and then do the rest in-residence at a university? I don't know too much about your situation, but you might want to also consider starting your degree at a 2-year college near you and then transfer those credits to finish your BA at a 4-year college or university. I know several people who've done that with anthropology BA degrees. Just wanted to throw another option out there!
  6. Going well! Classes have been interesting, my cohort is a ton of fun and I feel really at-home in the department (both personally and theoretically). Since everything is just getting started I still have that "I can do all the things" attitude and I've been signing up for a bunch of professional development and extracurricular activities, but I need to keep in mind not to over-commit, because the coursework is going to start adding up and I definitely need to make that my priority for right now... How are things going for you sarab?!
  7. Also think about Skying with your professors in NY! Or try consolidating all your meetings with profs into a single day of the week, so you're only making that trip once a week. I went through the application process last year and it's strange because you get so busy putting the applications together and once you've submitted them, there's nothing to do but wait for a couple months. At that point having a job is great, it certainly helped me keep my mind off wondering where all the schools were in the review process.
  8. Don't let the odds deter you from applying! Talk to a professor or advisor about how to put together a strong application for this and look for other funding opportunities while you're applying to this one since you'll already be preparing a statement of purpose and gathering letters of rec for this application.
  9. So jealous you all have started! I move in two weeks and the program starts three weeks from now (we're on the quarter system) and I'm looking forward to getting there and getting started
  10. Also, think about funding. I can tell you from personal experience that at least one of those state school systems that you mentioned is going through a very hard financial time and some schools in that system are only able to offer admitted students funding for their first year. Not having to worry about funding all the time is key to being able to focus on your studies, so make sure to apply to external funding sources (like the NSF GRFP) and rather than looking at the percent accepted, look at the percent funded. I had a discussion with a POI where they told me because of their financia
  11. I agree with a lot of the feedback here - your SOP, your letters of rec, and how well your interests fit into the program are the most important aspects of your application. The great thing about the SOP being so important is that it's the part of the application that you have the most control over. So put your time and effort there and into contacting departments to find out if your interests fit, if the prof you're interested in working with is taking students, and to start a conversation with that person.
  12. I'll be heading to Stanford for a PhD in Archaeology in the fall! I'll be living in Escondido Village. Anyone else there? Hope I get to meet some of you bio folks - my project will be focused on using DNA in archaeology, and I know some of the faculty I'll be working with cross over between anth and bio
  13. Hi AK - I think a lot of schools are looking for some sort of fieldwork experience (because it shows you've developed those skills and it speaks to your interests) and field schools are a great way to gain that experience. There are also others ways to build your fieldwork experience, like doing CRM work, volunteering, and as an educator. I never had an official field school, but did fieldwork through a lab I worked in as an undergrad and by working as an educator on an excavation that hosted groups of high school students. You mentioned doing more than one field school - don't feel like t
  14. I'm confused about your situation. Are you planning to finish a Masters at School A and then go to School B for your PhD? Or are you planning on leaving part-way through the Masters at School A? Or are you planning on not starting at School A at all after you accepted their offer? If you're in a Masters at School A and you would have to reapply to continue in the PhD program there, that's a terminal masters degree and it would be fine (and expected) that you would apply to other schools for your PhD after finishing your Masters. From your signature it looks like you haven't started at
  15. I think it's really important to have a good fit with your advisor, but that doesn't necessarily mean regionally. I think shared interest in infectious disease in archaeology, for example, would be a strong fit. In fact, many of the bioarchaeologists I know seem to have either multiple regional specialities or none at all, but rather their specialty is a technique (e.g. growth and nutrition from tooth enamel). Definitely contact POI's you're interested in working with, if they think your interests and their don't align, they'll let you know and they may even point you towards POIs whose in
  16. Max - a lot of extramural fellowships are not anthropology-specific, but are awarded across several fields. You may want to check out the section of the Forums called "The Bank" - there's talk there a variety of funding sources: http://forum.thegradcafe.com/forum/17-the-bank/ (One I would suggest looking into are NSF, Ford Fellowship, and NEH).
  17. Hey Max, I could be wrong here, but I think people reported the stipend they received after tuition waiver/coverage. So if someone reported "Tuition Covered" and a monetary stipend, the stipend is the amount that student is paid for the year in addition to tuition. I won't speculate on how people factored healthcare ingot he figures they reported, because I feel like pretty much every school sets that up differently. I think this is some great data! Thanks again to sarab for making this happen
  18. Awesome, Forsaken! Look forward to meeting you in person then
  19. I agree with hj2012 - you don't need to be mentored by someone working in the same country as you. If you are interested in studying drug trafficking, you may want to look for other anthropologists who focus on issues related to drug trafficking, they will be able to provide you with a lot of theoretical and methodological support that then you could apply to your specific area (the Philippines). I also think strudel's suggesting of contacting professors you've identifies as having relevant interests to see if they might be able to suggest other programs is a great idea! I had a number of
  20. Was getting down to the wire there, but I've officially accepted the offer from Stanford! So excited :-D
  21. So this is a silly question, but do you all generally take notes on paper or on computer? I think this is great advice and 'm going to start using it. I generally prefer to take notes on computer, does anyone else do that? Would typing during a meeting be distracting? Thanks!
  22. I second the above post! I am in a similar situation where I have my list narrowed to two, but I'm so excited about both programs and I don't really know what to do. I know I'll be happy at each and doing good work toward my future career goals, so I think it's really do to city/quality of life at this point… Keep us posted!
  23. Oh, and to answer your question about research, if you've done any research in any field in undergrad, highlight that in your application. Also, there are summer (and academic year) field schools where you could gain experience in anthropology. Here's one listing: http://www.aaanet.org/profdev/fieldschools/
  24. I second artlesspredilection - if you can show how your experiences in political theory and sociology would help you in an anthropology programs and you highlight what is consistent between your undergrad work and what you propose to do in graduate school, I don't think having your undergrad in a topic other than anthro would be a problem at all. If, for example, you studied/researched how high school student use technology in the classroom in your undergrad sociology program and want to study online spaces as public spaces in an anthro grad program, talk about all the ways your undergrad
  25. Congrats sarab!!! I was just in San Diego for a conference last week and it is beautiful!!! It's an exciting city and an exciting program
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