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    Long walks on the beach (and why that is considered romantic in many cultures), the SCA, history, militarism and culture...uh... cool things and stuff?
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
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    Anthropology (Sociocultural)
  1. 2018 Interviews and Results Thread

    I would only send out an email to POIs or the DGS if you have something substantial to add to the ongoing conversation (article accepted for publication, won the Nobel Prize, cured "WaitingForDecisions-itis, etc.") otherwise I would say to take a breath, hope to get accepted, but plan for the worst news. Might sound a bit pessimistic but it is at least reasonably practical and is what I am doing.
  2. Any married grad students here?

    I got married to my wife when I was in the Army and we hit our 9 year anniversary last month. We've been married/together through three deployments to the Middle East, two Bachelor's degrees, two Master's degrees, an Associates, and a toddler. At this point, what's a PhD but another thing? But seriously, the support system is awesome and the financial stability can help too.
  3. 2018 Interviews and Results Thread

    Does anyone know if American University is dividing up their decisions based on sub-field? I have a friend who is an archaeologist who indicated that she had received word but I've heard nothing from the sociocultural folks (either here or on the results thread). I asked and was told by their graduate enrollment asst. director that decisions would be released the third week of February. Anyone heard anything?
  4. 2018 Interviews and Results Thread

    UVA, William and Mary, American University
  5. 2018 Interviews and Results Thread

    That blows, I'm feeling fortunate that my work is hopeful that I get in. I hope you can find something in the meantime!
  6. 2018 Interviews and Results Thread

    The wait is pretty terrible. I did get rejections from UNC-Chapel Hill and George Washington; less than thrilled but at least now I know. Here's to hoping I get good news from the others soon!
  7. 2018 Interviews and Results Thread

    I'm applying for the cultural side of the house as well and got the same email (with a follow-up the clarified no interviews). Unless this is an undergrad that they had told were a shoe-in or a similar situation, I would imagine there are still plenty of packets to review.
  8. 2018 Interviews and Results Thread

    I'm not sure if they do the sub-fields separately or not. That admit seems early so I wouldn't give up hope yet!
  9. 2018 Interviews and Results Thread

    UNC was a no for me but UVA is looking up. I think at this point George Washington seems like a no since I've not gotten an interview. Still keeping hope alive! In case anyone is wondering, William and Mary is starting their application review next week; their anthropology department does not do interviews.
  10. Any Older (30+) applicants out there

    I am 30 and am also a textbook non-traditional student. I did a few years in the Army, got blown up* so was retired, and then used my G.I. Bill to pay for my BS. I then somehow got an AA on my way to an MS, because that's the normal progression right ;-) ? While I am not as young as some of the people against whom I am competing**, I have already gotten all of the drinking and partying out of my system for a lifetime, have real-world experience in several fields, and at this point, am honestly feeling like the workload of a PhD program will be a break. This is not to say that it won't be intensive, challenging, and soak up my time, but I feel that it will take less weekly hours than working full-time and being a full-time student (plus ToddlerDad!). The benefit of being a bit older before starting down the path to a PhD (for me) are more stable finances, a better support and job network, and an understanding that the degree is just another step on my way to whatever my life goals are. I have several younger friends in PhD programs who are having a hard time imagining life outside of school; I keep promising them it is real! The perspective both my age and experiences have given me will help my in the long run... even if I end up having to reapply next year! * Don't get blown up, it hurts. ** Recognizing it is a competition was a lesson that took me a few years to figure out. It doesn't mean that it needs to be mean or ruthless; it is just simply a thing that is.
  11. My plan: Talk to my wife about something mundane like picking up milk. Mention getting in as an aside. Continue talking about milk/whatever. ? Profit. And then get a celebratory meal at a grown-up's restaurant over the objections of my toddler.
  12. Fall 2018 Admission

    What has gotten my hopes up several times when I open my gmail are the tabs at the top. I'll see something like "Admissions..." and then go to that tab and see "[Internet School of Total Legitimacy] has extended their admissions..." Talk about getting my hopes up and then dashing them!
  13. 2018 Interviews and Results Thread

    When I did my two interview with professors at American, I had "cheat sheets" printed for each professor. They included their names (obviously), research background, a few recent publications or news articles about them, and their alma maters. I treated it just like I did for job interviews and important exams; study as much as you can and have the right information in front of you. I didn't rely on it, I was just myself for the most part. Having the information in front of me helped me to keep my head in the game and on track.
  14. 2018 Interviews and Results Thread

    Museum_Geek, Thank you for your insight, I'm really hoping to get a phone call; UVA is one of my top choices! I will be sure to send you a message if I get a phone interview.
  15. 2018 Interviews and Results Thread

    Howdy everyone! Has anyone heard from/applied to any east coast schools (American, GW, UVA, UNC, etc.)? I had interviews with two of my POIs from American a few months ago, both phone and in person. tl;dr - My undergrad GPA sucked but my MS is a 3.975, solid GRE, one single author publication in an anthro journal, good LORs, super anxious.