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    appletechguy got a reaction from krishnalynn in Did you contact a professor before applying?   
    not necessarily...you should always contact a professor and see if they're willing to work with you. what's most important is letting that professor get a sense of who you are as a person and if they would like to work with you. if your research interests fit better with them than the other person who has had a ton of contact and established better relations with them, they're not going to take you. a fellow graduate student got accepted but her research interests were markedly different from her professor, but because they knew each other well through skype interviews and exchanged emails for half a year, she eventually said yes and pushed her application through the committee. 
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    appletechguy reacted to airl in Did you contact a professor before applying?   
    I contacted and visited every department/professors I was interested in (only 4 programs, though). As I'm an international applicant, that definitely helped in every aspect of my application.
    Some of the benefits I can list:
    - The professors could see that I was serious about the type of study I wanted to pursue (one eventually said, in these very words: "I'm impressed that you're taking the time, effort and expense to visit our department")
    - It definitely helped on my decisions to what school would be my first and second choice
    - I was able to write a SOP that was very very specific and tailored for each school/department
    - While visiting a professor, in some cases others professors became interested in talking with me (always remember to send an email to graduate admissions office as well!). In one program, this "second professor" became my first choice in that school and I realized my first choice professor was a bit rude.
    - Besides the meet with potential advisors, you get to see the atmosphere of the city, talk with some others grad students and so on.
    - You end up having someone to email when you're desperate about your decision and it's March already.
     
    I couldn't see myself applying to a school without making a contact whatsoever with a professor. If you can, I would visit the professors you're interested in.
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    appletechguy reacted to appletechguy in University of Alberta Fall 2014 Applicants   
    Hello,
     
    Has anyone received any notice regarding their application from the department of anthropology at the University of Alberta? The deadline was January 5 for submission of all materials but the offers still have not been made yet! Ugh! I have already received an offer from the University of Calgary (not anthropology, though), for the M.A program, and their deadline was January 7th! 
     
    I guess it depends on when the committees can sit down and make decisions, but has anyone heard anything back yet? Please post even if you're not an anthropology applicant! 
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    appletechguy reacted to dhg12 in Its March and I am still waiting to hear back :/ anyone else?   
    Perhaps a bit different since I am a Canadian student and applied only to Canadian schools, but I have only officially heard from one school, and that was last Monday. I have been accepted to another via the website, but have no official offer yet. I wasn't really expecting to hear back from anyone until at least mid March, so I am actually surprised.
     
    I feel like you should keep in mind that yes it is March... but it is literally the first day of March
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    appletechguy reacted to Dechunkis3 in Its March and I am still waiting to hear back :/ anyone else?   
    @engphiledu OMG thank you! Your positive words really made my day!
     
    Thanks for the reply! @rj16
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    appletechguy reacted to rj16 in Its March and I am still waiting to hear back :/ anyone else?   
    Haven't heard anything yet either. I only know that one of my schools has made a decision. It's hard, I know.... But they have to give us answer soon.
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    appletechguy reacted to engphiledu in Its March and I am still waiting to hear back :/ anyone else?   
    I still haven't heard back from any of my schools. I know, it really stinks to be met with silence. 

    I was told the best thing to do is be as patient as possible and, if you still haven't heard back from a few schools by mid-March, give your departments a call. From what I've gathered, some schools actually do take that long (or longer) to make decisions, while others just don't get their notifications out in as timely a manner as others. 

    Take a deep breath and try to relax. Be sure to check the results page, though. Although it doesn't always give you a good indication of when you'll hear from your schools, sometimes people post really important information next to their result (such as, check your Spam mailbox, or if they never received an email but had to check their website to find out). 

    Also, I had to add this, but my professors have told me that hearing no news is better than bad news! lol It's hard to remain positive, but keep your chin up!
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    appletechguy reacted to Dechunkis3 in Its March and I am still waiting to hear back :/ anyone else?   
    Hi! 
    Has anyone heard from Boston College or Ohio State higher ed phD programs???

    What about University of Maryland phD in Minority and Urban Ed program???

    Please let me know. Should I be worried?


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    appletechguy got a reaction from krishnalynn in Official Canadian University Thread 2014   
    Hello! Has anyone been accepted into the University of Alberta for the anthropology masters program? I've been exchanging a few emails with the graduate chair and it seems as though offers will be given out soon, but she keeps changing the deadline. First, she said offers would be made in early March. Then she said offers will be made within the next two weeks (she sent me that email on Feb. 26). I'm soooo stressed out at the moment and I really wish I could just know by now! Like, even if it's a rejection, just let me know! 
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    appletechguy got a reaction from dhg12 in University of Alberta Fall 2014 Applicants   
    Hello,
     
    Has anyone received any notice regarding their application from the department of anthropology at the University of Alberta? The deadline was January 5 for submission of all materials but the offers still have not been made yet! Ugh! I have already received an offer from the University of Calgary (not anthropology, though), for the M.A program, and their deadline was January 7th! 
     
    I guess it depends on when the committees can sit down and make decisions, but has anyone heard anything back yet? Please post even if you're not an anthropology applicant! 
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