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  1. Hi there, I just wanted to second what amlyn above says--there is much more weight given to your personal statement and your interview. I don't think I heard admissions committee members mention GRE scores once last year.
  2. Have you checked out the work of S Low at CUNY? She and a number of others work on urban space, and there are a lot of people (including D-A Davis) who work on gender.
  3. Hi there-- I don't have answers to your questions, but I do have suggestions as to how to find those answers. If you tried these already, my apologies. First, who are the scholars whose work resonates with you the most? Where do they teach and what do they teach? That should give you a list of universities, disciplines and programs. Which of these seem most interesting to you? Psychology is going to have a very different approach (and set of graduation requirements) from, say, anthropology or history. If there are no academic scholars whose work interests you, we might be in a pickle
  4. I agree with your sentiment wholeheartedly. But--and I hate to say it--but I don't think we will find such a society in anthropology or archaeology--perhaps not anywhere in academia. Have you read The Professor Is In's blogpost on sexual misconduct? She outlines the way university policies are designed to protect harassers and abusers. If not, I would look at and bookmark the google doc she put together, then check it frequently to look for hints as to people/programs to avoid. At my own program, a professor who assaulted his students was allowed to attend an event on Friday night--one that first and second year students were technically required to attend. The New York Times and (I believe) the New York Post have both published extensively on the situation, and yet our school as an institution and our faculty in particular refuse to address his continued presence at our events and in our classrooms. We had no choice but to sit in this room with this man for two hours. Abuse in the academy is rampant.There isn't a single society, school or journal where this sort of garbage doesn't happen. We (people with morals and spines, allies of survivors, and survivors all) need to keep each other safe and not trust institutions to take care of us. The institutions are products of a patriarchal system and will be fine no matter what happens to us--if you decide not to go to SfAA or associate with the powerful people there, you will be the one to face the consequences. Not SfAA! Be careful out there!
  5. I agree with the poster above--Hawai'i is not a well known anthropology program. You should check out Karen Kelsky (the professor is in blog) and read about her experiences coming out of Hawai'i--it was pretty traumatic. The status of their program has not changed since she left. Also, if you intend to apply to PhD programs in anthropology, it helps to have letters of rec from anthropologists connected to the top anthropology programs.Most people do not stay in the same program from MA to PhD, so I don't think you have to worry about "ending up" in the same place for 5+ years. It's perfectly reasonable to leave for another program in the same university or another university altogether. That being said, you need to think about your whole self. It sounds like you might actually want to move to Hawaii because they will fund you, you like the community around the university, it's Hawaii and it's beautiful, and you might be more inclined to stay for either a job or another PhD program in another field. Those are important factors! Ithaca is cold, it's isolated and while upstate NY is beautiful, it's not very diverse or welcoming. I could be reading into your post too much, but it sounds like you can't imagine making a home for yourself there. What's more, as someone who has settled for an unfunded degree and deeply regrets it, I can say that funding matters. If you take the unfunded route, you will be paying a lot of money to basically fund the kids in the PhD program, get ignored by your faculty (who will focus on those PhD students) and at the end of it all, have to leave for elsewhere. Funding signifies a university's willingness to invest in you and your future. Weigh out all your options carefully! Good luck with the decision!
  6. I think this is a huge red flag and points to more than disorganization. Sending emails out late, no clear leadership, having a messy office, etc--that's disorganization. A strained relationship with the administration? How are you supposed to get external funding or permission to host events? What if you need your department's assistance in working something out with the university? Also--How can the "content" of a program be a good fit apart from the people who constitute the program? If the older generation are being forced to retire and the newer faculty can't seem to find a way to stay? Are the faculty you want to work able to stay? Do you really want to commit to a program that may not be able to commit to your project?
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    Hmm. It doesn't sound desperate--there are a lot of people here pointing out the negatives (as well they should) so you are trying to weigh your options. I get it. I GUESS if I had to say something, it is that you can take courses with really great instructors and meet really good people, keep up with current discussions in your field, etc while you apply to other programs. And hopefully get into another program. But as I believe someone above mentioned--you might not get the same attention as phd students, so you might not make those great connections you need. I personally find that in general faculty here are very nice and feel terrible but also powerless regarding the institutions funding and how the burden gets shifted to students. I would think they would give you the time and attention you deserve (after all, the only ones who know you are an MA student are the ones on admissions) but it is not a guarantee. It's a lot of money and a lot of risk. I know this is rough and I feel for you. Good luck with your decision!
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    Yes, I'm a student here--a friend works in one of these high-powered offices that approves these sorts of things. As the person above mentioned, it's a cash cow program. We are all well aware of it.
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    I'm not in philosophy but have heard about this new tactic some of the CUNY programs are going to try. They don't have an official MA--you come to the PhD program for three semesters and write something and go. It's a way for them to keep their attendance high so they can hire more faculty and offer more classes to their PhD students without having to shell out more money--their justification is: it's CUNY, we broke! Donnnnn't do it.
  10. Current CUNY student here. It is not unusual to get off the waitlist (I did) but it is rare to get the GCF. My advice is not to email the chair of the adcomm because he will not give you your ranking on the wait list (everyone in my year and the year ahead of me received the same line "I think there is a good chance that you will get admitted with a GCF"or something like that--literally word for word, copy and pasted--and none of us did. There doesn't seem to be variation based on international/US based--they actually have a really complicated ranking system. I do have one friend who is in their fourth year who did get a GCF off the waitlist, though--so it does happen. What's more, the adcomm receives a lot of those emails and it annoys them. If you do interact with anyone at CUNY, be positive, say you are thankful to be considered and above all, be honest with yourself and them regarding your ability to handle a tuition-only admission. Tuition only is ROUGH. You can message me privately here if you have specific questions. I know how tough your situation is and really only found support here in the form of a current CUNY student I met on gradcafe. I'm trying to pay it forward this year
  11. That's what I did too, and for much the same reasoning (older, limbo state, etc) but still wish somebody had told me about the less obvious pains of unfunded-ness. Now, even though I'm upset, I'm focusing on being the best damn student I can be: always participating, submitting everything on time, engaging my professors outside the class, and working a ton of side gigs or money. That way, if/when I ask for letters of rec and support, people will give them to me willingly. So whatever you do, however it makes you feel, just remember-- you are not alone in this situation! Best of luck, again, and my apologies for the unbridled wave of bitterness earlier.
  12. Sorry if it came off a little harsh. I sometimes wish someone had been super blunt with me regarding the emotional and psychological toll of the unfunded position. I am constantly feeling less worthy of my funded peers--even though I'm getting better grades than a few of them. It's turning me into a mean, bitter person, I think. Please know I am cheering for you and hoping that you get everything you deserve.
  13. a couple of things: 1. This field is not really that new, and the standards re: methods are not really that fluid. Sociocultural has been floating around since the 1800s (the first PhD program was established in 1899, I believe) and draws on authors from the Enlightenment and beyond. Considering how many new PhD programs are added to universities across the world every year, I think of sociocultural anthropology as old school at this point. There are of course, new subfields cropping up all the time (as someone above mentioned). I would suggest reading up a bit more on these to see what interests you before before considering the rest. 2. Your writing sample should be a conference paper (or the equivalent) that shows both your theoretical reasoning and your application to fieldwork. People of course get admitted without conference papers all the time--for example, an undergraduate research paper will also do. The point is, your ability to demonstrate both are equally important. 4. Fit. Is. Everything. If you want to talk about interdisciplinary experiences and goals in your statement, then you have to look for programs that support it. Specifically, find faculty that do the work you are interested in and email them about your research interests. Set up a time to talk. See if this is really for you. Good luck.
  14. Agree with respondent above: there is, generally speaking, no such thing as a NSA funding package. If you are guaranteed RA or TA position every year, that is pretty standard. If, however, this is a truly unfunded position, I would advise you strongly against taking it. I, like you, was an older applicant on my second go around the PhD application merry go around. I decided, much to my regret, to take an unfunded offer (because #reasons). The truth is, it's not an opportunity. It's exploitation by the university disguised as an opportunity. Rather than pay for actual TAships, which usually come with things like health care (something to look into, by the way), they will get you to adjunct a class or three a semester at about half the rate, without health insurance or other benefits, and convince you to feel "grateful" for the opportunity. I know how terrible it is to be older and feel like your dream is slipping away from you. But the university is going to keep taking from you--taking time, energy, passion, emotion--on the basis of that dream until you are all used up, then discard you without so much as a non-TT position at the end to help you alleviate the massive financial debt or emotional damage you will accrue.
  15. Current CUNY student here. Yes, they are behind schedule, and yes, you can be rejected after an interview. And no, they do not have an exact date yet. Hang in there!
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