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  1. I'm glad I brought this up, then! I for one will certainly start a thread or two on this topic. Another thing I would really like to get feedback on is potential job resources in my - and related - fields. Let's do it!
  2. Thanks so much, TakeruK and Eigen! I just signed up for the Chronicle forum, and will spend some time mooching around there this afternoon! I am in Biological Anthropology, by the way, and no - I don't think your field is that different from mine, I just had monumentally bad luck in my last year of the PhD. I had secured a position, stopped applying for others, and then the funding fell through at the last minute. :/ So I am applying now in the new job season, while bartending and feeling sorry for myself. I have another interview coming up in a couple of weeks, so fingers crossed. I suppose I just wanted to connect with others out there who are in the same boat, and would be interested to know if others are interviewing for this position! Again, thank you - it's nice to know others out there get it.
  3. Apologies if this has already been asked! Having attained my PhD this year, I'm in the agonizing process of applying to postdocs/faculty positions and have drummed about about 70 rejections so far. I'm suspecting many of the posts I am applying for were not real searches, but the committee already had someone lined up from the beginning. What I'm wondering is if there is a site like GradCafe, to anxiously check submission status changes and interview invites? I use the academic jobs wiki, but it's not as busy as this place. Thanks!
  4. Thank you so much for mentioning PhD Comics. This. http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=147 Knowing this is a real thing makes me feel a heap better! I shall now celebrate with increased web-surfing...
  5. I just passed my qualifying exams two days ago. Ever since, I have been an emotional wreck! The entire process left me with absolutely no confidence in myself as an academic or a human being. Our qualifying exams consist of two days of written exams, then a week later an oral exam. Following the writtens, I felt absolute joy - I answered the questions to the best of my ability, I even stunned myself with the knowledge that seemed to just come gushing out for four hours straight. I was thinking 'this is what it's all about! It's a gruelling process, but now I know more about this subject than I ever have or ever will again!'. Next thing I know, I'm sitting in a room with my committee while they tear to shreds everything I was so proud of, and while I struggle to answer even the most simple questions. I felt like a fool, and so embarrassed that they had exposed me as a fraud. This girl can't even answer the question 'What is a gene?!!'. I had studied my subject in such depth but had forgotten how to even string a sentence together. Having spoken to others it sounds like this is the purpose of an oral qualifying exam - to break you and find out what your limits are. It's a rite of passage I suppose. I've just never felt so low! Is this character building? After it was over I was brought champagne and flowers, yet I felt like I did not deserve it one bit. I'd love to hear from others who have recently gone through quals and if they are reeling in shock like me, or are (as they probably rightfully should be) out celebrating a victory. Sheesh, what is it about grad school that makes one consider even the successes a failure?!
  6. I have a question..not long to go now and in my pre-arrival organisation I was getting all my finances in order (ugh), checked my Yale admit letter for my exact stipend amount - and realised they are 'pleased to offer a minimum level of support of $26,000' per year. I haven't received any other correspondence with an exact figure as far as I can see - does anyone know if I should take this amount as very close to the mark or maybe I'm going to get a a very happy surprise (I know, I can dream though). I feel like this is something I should have received confirmation of! Is everyone else's package as vague?
  7. indianacat

    New Haven, CT

    I have a question..not long to go now and in my pre-arrival organisation I was getting all my finances in order (ugh), checked my Yale admit letter for my exact stipend amount - and realised they are 'pleased to offer a minimum level of support of $26,000' per year. I haven't received any other correspondence with an exact figure as far as I can see - does anyone know if I should take this amount as very close to the mark or maybe I'm going to get a a very happy surprise (I know, I can dream though). I feel like this is something I should have received confirmation of! Is everyone else's package as vague?
  8. I will also be leaving it to the last minute to look around and find somewhere before school starts. I didn't realise before that my visa (international student) won't allow me to enter the country before August 1st - which is a shame, as I had this wonderful road trip/ settling in period planned!
  9. My parents are stranded in Sydney. Don't you just love Acts of God?!

  10. I just officially accepted! Hardest decision I ever made but my visit at the end of March pushed it - it absolutely poured with rain the whole time but I felt quite at home there (perhaps that's the reason - I am from England..). I tried to explore the entire city during my two days there in regards to living options but the rain was a hindrance (I mean, I went through two umbrellas in one day, it was that brutal). Just based on speaking to current students, however, I will avoid student housing and was quite heartened to see some students living in very nice, and cheap, private rentals. I'm happy to discuss what I discovered on my limited trip with people here who don't have the opportunity to see New Haven for themselves! And anyone else going for Anthropology (or archaeology) of any kind?
  11. indianacat

    NYU

    Thought I should just say that I have just this second turned down my Bio Anth place at NYU, so hopefully am letting someone in off of the waitlist. I'm sorry it took so long - it was honestly the hardest decision I ever made! They have an amazing department and setup there, and am almost kicking myself for giving up NYCEP, but just felt more at home somehow in the department at Yale..
  12. I have a similar profile, (540 Q; 610V), and have also been admitted to NYU, and Yale! I think research experience counted a lot but also be intelligent in who you apply to work with: highlighting matching research interests with potential advisors and then keeping up communication with them seems (in my field at least) to be the key. I just think it would be very silly if committees threw out applications from people who are obviously excellent matches for their department, based on GREs, and hope it doesn't happen as often as many people on here worry about - my experience at least has shown that it does not happen in these departments I've applied to.
  13. indianacat

    NYU

    Yes, me! (I think). Anthropology PhD. I'm flying to New York next week for a meet and greet and walking tour of Greenwich Village! Very excited. I am in the beginning stages of weighing up apartment options now...fun but clueless.
  14. Yale, NYU, Yale, NYU... Which will you choose!?!?!

  15. I have also just applied from Cambridge with a 2.1, and have been accepted at Yale. Also, going by my GRE scores (bad bad bad!) I can say that at least in my field, it is not grades that count for a lot. If I'm to guess, it is my research interests and experience...and yes, perhaps my undergrad university helped. I'm going out to meet with the two departments that have accepted me so far (Yale/NYU) soon, and I really want to ask them what it was about my application that swung it. I'll report back!
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