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  1. Hey everyone, checking in to keep everyone motivated on the best possible outcome! Fingers crossed ... let's keep our heads up. It isn't over until we receive that final decision.
  2. Hey @CharlieR I experienced this exact thing in my master's and, like you, it left me depressed and unsure. First, and foremost, because you are on a university campus, you should have access to mental health services. I highly recommend that you get in touch with them and see what they can do for you. Having a professional able to counsel you is important. I would suggest that you think of these three choices, 1) to stay and adjust, 2) to transfer, or 3) to quit. As you said, you started in the fall, and sometimes it can take time to adjust. If you cannot find ways to adjust, I would recommend a transfer - especially if you still want to complete a PhD. But, if you think doctoral studies is not really for you, and you don't think you can find ways to deal with the issues causing it (as you said, spending your 20's at your current institution), I would simply recommend quiting. Your happiness and enjoyment in life is important, especially during this crucial period of youth. You can always come back later, it doesn't mean that it's permanently over. A final option might be to request a hiatus so that you can deal with and confront issues bringing dissatisfaction to your life. You may find it has less to do with the university and the campus, and more to do with areas that you aren't able to address being a full-time student. Hope that helps!
  3. If you received a shortlist from Toronto (asking for transcripts) it's likely an admit. I'm not 100% certain of this, just going by their application instruction page.
  4. Hey @mickjagger666 I would send an e-mail to the department asking for an update (kindly of-course). This may ease your anxiety and provide some answers toward your application for their department. @FrigidSky701 yes, continue to be optimistic!! The wait between application and acceptance is a long one fraught with anxiety, uncertainty, and many unanswered questions. You can't control elements out of your hands, once you submit your application it really becomes up to the department when and at what date to notify you. Keep your chin up, I'm sure there is good news around the corner.
  5. Excited to see what happens this week. Good luck to everyone, hoping the best for each of us. Fingers crossed!
  6. Now that it's officially February, we should be seeing results throughout the month. Last week was quite eventful, but I am sure things will pick up on Monday. I'm sure you're anxious about results, as am I. I would recommend trying to find ways to keep your mind away from something you can't control, try to be positive. Fingers crossed for us!
  7. Hey @cuppajoe usually international and US applicants hear back at the same time. I feel your pain! Don't worry, I'm sure good news is coming your way
  8. This is great @bonesandbakes thank you! If I may ask, what kinds of questions did you ask you POI during the interview?
  9. @perpetualalligator I appreciate it! It's good to keep the positivity and good vibes going
  10. Hey @UmairrasheedI think for Berkeley 4 - 5 for each stream (Anthropology and Medical Anthropology) may be correct. According to Peterson's, 247 applied last year and 11 enrolled. Regarding the other universities mentioned, UMichigan (181 applied, 21 accepted, 11 enrolled) and Chicago (260 applied, 19 accepted, 11 enrolled). If you mean each concentration (Archaeology, Biology, Sociocultural, and Medical) having 4 - 5 applicants, I do not think that is the case. As for the number directly admitted per stream, this may be dependent on the faculty accepting graduate students per year. I would not assume that there is a hard acceptance rate per sub-discipline as some years may see a good number of sociocultural applicants admitted, others may see a greater number of archaeology applicants admitted. In regards to interviews, it really depends on the department. Duke definitely interviews its shortlisted candidates. In such a case, I do believe they create a shortlist of applicants in whom they are interested and the interview is to assess fit, personality, interests, etc. I hope that helps in some regard.
  11. It's been (and continues to be) and emotional rollercoaster. But, I'm glad February is right around the corner. Whatever happens, I echo @phyanth sentiinment. Good luck to us all!
  12. Hey @jp5125 congratulations and good luck! I would take a gander through this thread:
  13. Hey pyramidstuds, congratulations!
  14. Hey @Ethy60 welcome to the forum! My advice for the GRE, take a good amount of time to prepare and study. It is advantageous to put as much focus on it as you can, which means, take studying for it seriously (I dedicated four mouths solely to it, but that is because I am not very good at these types of examinations). Gauge yourself, are you good at standardized tests? Are you weaker in vocabulary, writing, or math? I recommend taking a free test online or purchasing a testing book to determine your current ability. If you need help, seek it. Personally, I found an in-person tutor for the quantitative section quite helpful (there are so many tools out there, classes, tutors, books, blog posts, articles, etc.). The GRE is costly, and I understand a lot of these study tools can add to that. In addition, you will be paying for applications (unless you are eligible for a waiver). Plan and take these costs into account. As well, prepare to take it again if necessary. For myself, I was not satisfied with my first results (158/154/4.5), so I decided to take it again. Unfortunately, my quantitative score remained the same, but I was able to improve in other areas. In the end, you really know what is best for you. Trust in that. Whatever your situation is, find constructive ways to balance your academic ambitions and your personal life. If you have to work full or part-time, take into account exhaustion, both mental and physical, as burnout can be a real issue. Study smart and study healthy; I am sure you will do an incredible job! Best of luck!
  15. Hey @Nisaba your post is very helpful, thank you! If I may ask one more question, how did you prepare yourself for your interview to ensure you were ready? Congratulations and I hope you make it into Duke!
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