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    2019 Fall
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    Anthropology PhD

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  1. perpetualalligator

    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    I feel the same way. I have received a couple of emails from POIs at schools that usually do not interview and I don't know what they are supposed to mean. I feel excited because that means I actually have a chance but also the idea of having to choose between schools and actually talking to POIs is terrifying. What if I look better on paper? What if I mess up the interviews? Am I even ready for grad school? Will I make the right decision? I am trying to balance out my feelings but I can't seem to find a middle ground. I used to be trying to not get overly excited in case I didn't get accepted but at the same time I would be so disappointed if I didn't get into a PhD program. I am really scared about getting in too. I just have a knot in the pit of my stomach. 😕
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    @LetsGetThisBreadlol I did the same thing and I agree with you. I also saw that in some years (2013) they actually do two rounds of interviews and actually fly a couple of people to NYC. I think that's probably for like top applicants or something. I don't understand why I'm so nervous. I completely expect a rejection considering that so many people have applied and in previous years like 7 out of 400 people are accepted (I wish I knew that before applying). 😶
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I agree with you! I think that putting rejections in the back burner is just rude and inconsiderate. Rejections are quite generic so I don't think it would be a lot of work to send an email saying "sorry you didn't get in" at the same time they email acceptances or do interviews. It's better for everyone in my opinion but that's just me (or my anxiety). I was also seeing that Berkeley has been sending out interview requests. Good luck to all the Berkeley applicants. Based on my obsessive research on the results page Harvard interviews might also come out sometime this week or next so it's getting very real. I am so nervous. By the way I just saw this bad boy in the results page: Since a lot of us are applying to NYU, I thought it would be a good idea to share it here. I don't really remember whether or not interviews are part of the application process, but what do you all think this means? Are we all screwed??
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Does anyone know who the UIUC acceptance is or wants to claim it? Also if that mysterious soul sees this do you mind sharing your POI's initials? Something tells me that they might never appear but I hate it so much when people use the results page to ask this stuff and I refuse to do it.
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    @pyramidstudsMe too! Unfortunately it doesn't really help with the anxiety, if anything I feel that time goes by slower as I anticipate the decision dates lol. Has it helped you? Also this website can be so eyeopening. The first time I applied I was so clueless about the process and even now I am learning so much. It is insane the amount of stuff you just don't know if you don't have any mentors or anyone to guide you through the application process.
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Sorry for spamming so much, but I found this is in the results page and since some people where wondering about Duke it seems like all interview requests have gone out 😕 . By the way what´s the deal with notifying people about rejections much later? Wouldn't it be easier to just send a mass email at the same time they send interview requests? It just seems unnecessarily mean to not give people closure when a rejection is already implied. I find it so annoying.
  7. perpetualalligator

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    @pyramidstuds I am so sorry to hear that The waiting for decisions part is definitely the worst, but also you are not alone in this. We are all freaking out and constantly refreshing this site so welcome to the abyss! I also completely get the feeling of panic; before I got the Illinois decision I was thinking that I wouldn't get in anywhere (still haven't but I try to stay optimistic). Is this your first time applying? As you probably might find out as you read the threads in this forum, sometimes it takes more than one try to get in, this for instance is my second time applying. I know that really does not help but also that does not mean that you are not good enough or smart enough and you definitely should not feel ashamed or embarrassed. For the most part it really depends on whether or not the department thinks your research will mesh well with their interests and even then they might not have the funding. It sucks, but it's not personal (even though it feels like it), and most of the time it's out of our control. I hope this helps a bit, feel free to pm me if you want to talk and also there are a bunch of threads where you can vent and talk about your worries in here so feel free to just get things off your chest! Best of luck! Here are some threads that I found useful:
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    @Lemonsour123 The letter I got says that they "have sent the first round of offers" so that might mean that acceptances might be on their way, or they are sending them later? I mean no one has posted an acceptance so who knows? Also at least you have an acceptance I'm still stuck in limbo... By the way does anyone know what to do if waitlisted? Is there anything I can do like send an update with information that can help my application or idk a video crying and begging them to accept me?
  9. perpetualalligator

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Got my first decision! Waitlisted at UIUC, I’m kind of hopeful, at least it’s not an outright rejection, right? I am so not ready for the rest of the schools though...I am so getting rejected from Harvard and NYU 😂
  10. perpetualalligator

    CUNY Crisis

    This happened to me too! I waited a couple of weeks to see if they would eventually process my scores. When they didn't, I sent the admissions office an email with a screenshot of the order receipt and like every other piece of evidence that said that I had sent them my GRE scores before the deadline (I applied to their Anthropology program and it had a Dec.1 deadline), and so far I don't think it has affected my application(?). I think CUNY is just having trouble processing GRE scores. I doubt that it will affect your application. Good luck everyone!
  11. perpetualalligator

    So, you've entered the abyss...

    I feel so powerful right now, that is amazing! I look forward to reading your stuff
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    So, you've entered the abyss...

    @TGCA give this wonderful human being a blog
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    Favorite Rejection Quotes from the Results Page

    This is some wholesome content
  14. perpetualalligator

    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    I am soooooo annoyed by one of my LOR writers (yes, the same one I had previously complained about). The worst part is that he is one of my favorite people and I hate having to constantly remind him about deadlines. I sent him a list of deadlines, I send the recommendation link 1 week before the application is due and I send a reminder message the day before it is due. I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE I CAN DO. Also because I have him as a friend on Facebook I know when he is online, and I just want to tell him l"dude you have internet access, you have submitted most of my letters you just need to change the name of the school and upload them it's not that hard"! I know that he is probably busy because has young children and they are time consuming but he submitted one of the letters like two weeks in advance, why can't he do that with the last two? I am so close to being done with my applications. I just want to not think about them.

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