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About jriveracal

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  • Birthday 10/08/1992

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    Bay Area, CA
  • Interests
    urban sociology, sociology of poverty, sociology of culture, inequality, ethnographic methods, child-rearing
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
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  1. jriveracal

    The long haul

    Wow, that's a great idea to reach out to try to set up meetings with faculty. I reached out to a couple professors that I was really interested in working with and asked if they would be accepting graduate students, but didn't try to set up time to actually talk to them. I'm sure that will give you a leg up in the admissions process. I have absolutely no plan B right now either. I literally need to get in. Not just for me but for my two kids, to give them a sense of stability again. Very cool. One of my applications is an overseas MPhil. It's a stretch for me, but we will see how things turn out. Best of luck.
  2. What would you consider 'independent research'? For context, I am sociology. In my work as a research assistant...I was told to research certain things and I did it. I would not consider this independent research. But for things that I created that I was not asked to contribute, would that be considered as independent research? Or what would you consider to be independent research?
  3. jriveracal

    The long haul

    Thank you both for the replies. I was hoping to find some fellow applicants to chat with on here. For a sociology forum, our board is so quiet. lol.
  4. jriveracal

    The long haul

    Anyone else need a thread to post on and cry as they wait for decisions? How do you feel about your cycle? Where did you apply? I've turned in 5 apps and have 10 more. Yes, I am applying to 15 schools. Overall feeling nervous AF that I am going to be rejected from every single one. Anyone else?
  5. jriveracal

    'Am I competitive? ' thread (Sociology)

    Very late response, but we seem to have similar interests. How are your applications going?
  6. I feel this so hard, but for alternative reasons. It took me seven years to get my B.A because I have been the sole provider for myself, my children, and my mother. I graduated last year and I have had no stability since. I have a good job, get paid well, but still can't afford COL in the bay area given my familial responsibilities and have been couch-surfing with my two children ever since graduating. In short, I am exhausted from life in general. If I do get into a Ph.D. program, I am sure I will feel stress knowing about performing well and knowing that my career depends on every exam, every grade, etc... But I would give anything to trade in the stress and lack of stability that my children and I face now to feel the "craze" of graduate school.
  7. Anyone else feel this is rather ambiguous? "Please describe any projects that required your independent work and/or laboratories in which you have conducted independent research." What would you say exactly qualifies as independent work?
  8. jriveracal

    What grad schools can I apply to?

    What are your research interests?
  9. jriveracal

    Know of any funded MA in Sociology?

    Anyone? Am I the only person who starts threads here? lol I am beginning to lose hope at Ph.D. admission given the fact that my GRE will be shit. I just want all my bases covered and would like to apply to funded MA programs if any are offered... Still would want it to be at a top 25 program if possible.
  10. No advice but I'd like to follow this topic.
  11. What are some universities that offer conciliatory admissions to MA programs if you don't make the cut for their Ph.D. program? For example, I've read on this site that some have been offered admission to the University of Chicago's MA program in Sociology after being rejected from their Ph.D. program. Any of you happen to know other programs that do this? Yes, it's only August and I'm already beginning to lose hope lol.
  12. jriveracal

    Attend UC Berkeley or CSULB for MSW?

    An MSW from Berkeley will get you MUCH further than an MSW from CSULB
  13. I don't want to look like a complete dumbass reaching out to POI if it isn't common. My prospective program is sociology (Ph.D.) and based on previous posts I have read from others...I feel maybe this is more imperative for those looking into programs in the natural sciences? Could be totally wrong...just saw that a lot of the people that talk about doing it are in the natural sciences. Anyone else in social science going to reach out to POI? Is it advisable to do so or...?
  14. Anyone else's prospective writing samples shit? No? Just me? I have only 2 options for my writing sample and both of them are papers I wouldn't feel comfortable submitting and I don't even know how I would fix them. Which one would you use? I have one "ethnographic" shitty paper that is pretty much just me going out and then writing about how I saw X sociological theory played out here when I saw this happen, and Y sociological theory play out when I saw this happen, along with some census tract info describing the community. I'd have to add a few pages. No idea of what. Maybe a lit review? And another paper that is long enough but pulls a sample of domestic violence NGO's and the countries they are found in and then I compare them to when The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) treaty was enacted and then I bitch about how the law is meaningless without any sanctions imposed for those who don't cooperate with the guidelines in the treaty to protect women and how we need these NGO's to essentially be the backbone of implementing this law....but these NGO's focus on victim blaming instead of reforming the perpetrators of the crime sooo that's dumb [I legit don't really have a meaningful conclusions]. Those are basically my two papers in a nutshell. Which would you use? As I wait for anyone kind enough to respond, I will just be here crying over the fact that I turned down the opportunity to do an honors thesis.
  15. jriveracal

    Cut off GRE scores?

    I've heard that these are a thing...Anyone know if it is true or not? All of the programs usually say that they take a " hollistic approach"...blah blah blah and thus there are not GRE cut-offs. But then they go on to say that "BUT the average is usually in this range." Is this a clue that maybe they do use cut-off scores to weed out applicants? Anyone know how I can find what they are for the programs I am applying for? Looking specifically for Sociology stats at T-15s if it matters...

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