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  1. anthrobserver

    Skype Interview with Professor

    What usually happens in Skype interviews really depends on the personality of the person/people interviewing you! Some Skype interviews tend to be informal, short, and more of a 'here is an opportunity for both of us to meet face-to-face'. In other cases, Skype interviews could be more formal, structured, and longer than what you might be expecting. Unless you have been assigned a specific time slot range (i.e. 1:00pm-1:30), I would advise one to block out an hour of one's schedule. A good way to prepare for Skype interviews is to familiarize yourself with the work of the person who has contacted you. Even if you haven't heard of this person until the day he contacted yet, you still have time to read (or at least scroll through) the last academic piece that he has published. You don't need to be familiar with ALL of the work that this person has ever worked on, but try to know enough so that you can show this person that you are seriously interested in joining his lab. Be prepared to discuss with this professor your research interests, the lab that he is running, and any questions you may have that could not be answered online through the department's website or graduate student handbook. How you dress has a lot to do with the conventions of 'professionalism' in your field. In anthropology, we tend to dress casually for conferences compared to academics from other fields, such as economics or political science. What is more important is that you don't have any distracting objects in your background (i.e. a poster or a tv screen that is likely to draw the attention of the interviewer away from you during the interview). Lastly, interviewers are probably aware that graduate students are nervous, so don't be too hard on yourself! Just be yourself and try to enjoy the interview while it lasts! Hope this helps.
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    J1 Visa beyond 5 years?

    I would get in touch with the respective International Student Offices at the universities that you are applying to.
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I am not applying to anthropology PhD programs this application cycle, but I am curious to hear how others have been finding the application season so far. Good luck to all who are applying!
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    best US cities without a car

    Which UC schools are the most accessible without a car? I'm specifically thinking of applying to UCLA and UC-Irvine this coming year, but wanted to get a sense of how realistic it would be for me to live there without having a car...
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    2018 Interviews and Results Thread

    Has anyone received an OFFICIAL acceptance or rejection to UPenn?
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    2018 Interviews and Results Thread

    UPenn and UVA.
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    Been accepted, where do I go from here?

    Congratulations @towerbridge on being admitted to several programs! One thing that I have been doing during this post-acceptance-but-have-yet-to-make-a-decision period that I have found to be helpful is thoroughly researching the programs that I got admitted to (course requirements, faculty research interests, etc.) to try to figure out the pros and cons of each program. I was surprised by the tiny details that I overlooked the first time around! I've also begun planning campus visits for departments that for one reason or another, do not hold an Open House event for their admitted MA students, but at the same time are not too far away from where I currently live (keeping travel costs into consideration). I also find it more helpful to sit in on classes (if you can!) than to simply ask current students/faculty to describe the courses that are being taught. That way, you can see for yourself how students and faculty interact (this is not the only way to assess a department's climate, but I find this strategy to be useful). I have also been paying attention to how responsive (from enthusiastic to being indifferent) the programs seem to be to me, now that I have been formally accepted. For example, two of the programs that I got admitted to seem extremely eager for me to join them! I have been personally contacted by more than one faculty member from these two departments to see if I had any questions about their programs. One faculty member from each of these two programs "checked on me" more than once. On the other hand, one of the other programs that I got admitted to sent me an acceptance letter and that was it. No follow-ups or whatsoever, even though it's been awhile since I have been admitted. And a staff member from a fourth program seemed annoyed with me when I asked for a clarification regarding the requirements of their program. So, in my book, all these little interactions count and reveal a lot more about a program than what is otherwise being advertised online.
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    2018 Interviews and Results Thread

    Thank you! That helps! I wouldn't be surprised if they started notifying MA students of their statuses after that deadline as I suppose that they are trying to determine how many MA slots will go out to PhD applicants. Does anyone know if it is a standard procedure for departments to notify PhD applicants of their statuses before Masters students?
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    2018 Interviews and Results Thread

    I applied to the MA program, but have yet to hear back. If you don't mind me asking, how long are they giving you to decide whether or not to accept the offer?
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    2018 Interviews and Results Thread

    Oh, I see! Good luck with the PhD admissions as well!
  11. I should clarify. It's not an "official" policy or written on the classes' syllabi or anything like that. It was more of "this is what classroom participation should look like" announcement that was given at the beginning of almost every class during the first week of the semester. Those students who I talked to about this also added that they were getting annoyed with students who would make comments along the lines of, "As I am a member of group X, that makes me an expert on this topic". So, I am not really sure if this is a backlash against identity politics or something else.
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    2018 Interviews and Results Thread

    Are you applying for the MA or PhD program? I applied to the MA program and was told by GSAS admissions office when I visited them that some Columbia programs begin reviewing MA applications after PhD applications have been reviewed. That makes sense as the anthropology MA program's application deadline is March 2.
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    2018 Interviews and Results Thread

    It is my understanding that regardless of whether or not you are an international student, your application will be reviewed alongside other applications from students applying for that cycle. What I will tell you is that some programs might have different application deadlines for domestic and international students (the latter tending to have earlier application deadlines) as processing immigration-related documents for international students (I-20s, F-1 visas, etc.) takes time. I have worked at an international student office at a large research university, so I can speak on that. Regarding application notification requests (i.e. campus visits, phone/Skype interviews), it varies from program to program. However, faculty are aware that many international students live in different time zones; therefore, some departments might schedule interviews with international students at different times during the day or week to take into consideration these time differences. I also wouldn’t worry if I didn’t receive a campus visit invitation from a university that I have applied to as an international student as the respective department might assume that only domestic applicants are likely able to visit the campus as it would be very expensive (and for many students) difficult, if not impossible to visit a university campus in a different part of the world, let alone when the student is on such a short notice!
  14. Hi everyone, Now that the spring semester at my grad school has begun, I can't help but notice that for several of the anthropology courses that I'm registered for, professors have been explicit about not wanting students to talk about "personal experiences" in classroom discussions. I am wondering how other graduate students and/or faculty, especially those with a background in anthropology/qualitative research feel about this practice? This announcement caught me off guard as I'm used to professors who encourage students to "connect the readings to one's personal life" whenever response papers are assigned. I am also a proponent of authoethnographies, so I have mixed feelings about this. I talked to a couple of students who were in favor of this policy as they were getting annoyed by students who would come in to class having not done the readings and would "derail" the discussions in class. However, could this really explain my department's new classroom participation expectation? I should note that this isn't my first semester at this school. I am curious to hear other people's thoughts on this topic!
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