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    Sociology/Sociocultural Anthropology
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    2020 Fall
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  1. I think your GRE writing score should be okay if you are aiming for quantitative programs (based on your descriptions). What about your TOEFL speaking section? The only possibility of the cut-off is the speaking score (over 24 or 26) for some schools.
  2. Brown, U of Washington and probably Boston College too
  3. Me too! Would love to gain more insights from all of the successful SOPs! With no offer in my hands right now, I am considering re-applying in the upcoming circle. And I would really appreciate it if you are willing to share your SOPs via message! Thanks a lot in advance!
  4. I emailed UC Irvine admission office last week asking about their decisions. The DGS told me that it is not clear at this point if there will be subsequent offers made or when that might occur. I think for all of us not having received UC Irvine decisions, there may still be chances (or just silent rejections in the end).
  5. I received an email from the graduate secretary from Indiana Bloomington, attached with a rejection letter three days ago. Last week I emailed the department asking about when the result would come out, and it seemed that they made decisions already. Perhaps you will hear from them soon, good luck!
  6. Hug hug* It is definitely a hard time for us. Hope we will eventually find the right place despite all these struggles!
  7. Hug* I'm an international student too and I didn't have time to get a better TOEFL either. For UCs, I've heard that UCI doesn't like international students because of a lack of funding while UCSD usually takes several international students. Hope we can all find the place worthy of our hard work and waits!
  8. @tobe_newbee@SocFreshI posted the UCSD rejection. It was a generic email from DGS in midnight (it was a weird time to send an email, so maybe they're still deciding the waitlist?) Good luck to you both! BTW, I received rejection emails in three subsequent days, so I feel you all. I thought I would be okay after thinking over the worst circumstances at the beginning of this week, but it was still hard to deal with this. I am always unconfident about myself and this whole process exacerbates my self-recognition.
  9. TBH, MA is way too expensive for everyone to afford, and nowadays most MA programs are one-year, which is too rush and leaves little room for students to hone a paper to be published. As someone who struggles through the one-year program with plenty of papers and a 50-70 page MA thesis to work on, I strongly recommend only applying to two-year programs, and quantitative ones would be better.
  10. Sadly no BU result for me I was really looking forward to BU...Guess PhD is just not for me
  11. The whole connection thing is exactly what I'm thinking about. I didn't have any friends/seniors in sociology field because of my weird language background and a one-year MA degree with only 4 cohorts ( and I am the only international student in that program). I did all the applications by myself without any person to seek advice. My graduate program has history, literature and philosophy professors, but not really sociology professors. I actually found out Grad Cafe after I submitted all of my applications, so it's already too late to make any significant change. I regret not knowing this forum earlier and making friends in sociology field too. I used to resent any circle but now I wish I could at least be part of them to keep myself more informed. Will you apply again if this year's results didn't work out? I don't know if I can survive this whole exhausting and longly application process again anymore...
  12. Same here. My background is not as strong as you guys tho. undergraduate in a extremely rare Eastern European language major in my home country, a MA degree in the US, no publications or conferences presentations. I don't even know how I can enrich my profile if I apply again in the upcoming circle, because there are no possibility to engage in research work in my current job, or even an academic job in my home country, given that I am a language major. I am extremely down recently since I really need a PhD to get rid of my current work, and I really want to study in the US. I am from East Asia too. I guess the whole application things are harder for international students, and for students who don't have a quantitative background...
  13. Thanks! And UT Austin is definitely a great choice!
  14. I am waitlisted for funding too. I am not attending the campus visit day because it is too expensive for me to make international travel and I have a full-time job, but I may attend the Skype session. Not sure how the waitlist works for us, hopefully we can both hear some good news from them soon!
  15. Thanks for letting me know that there's still hope! I am waitlisted for funding by Rutgers as well Which school will you attend? Just curious And congrats!!
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