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  1. Me too! Have you accepted yet? We have to accept by Friday night... But didn't they say if they go online, we can back out of going?
  2. I will say, I tried getting research-related jobs during my gap year, and despite having good experience (conducted an independent research study during undergrad in which I collected original quantitative data on my own, presented my findings at an academic conference, and am currently working towards publication) I couldn't get anyone to even give me a chance (no calls, emails, or interviews)..That was very depressing and the job I have now isn't bad, but it's not really related to what I want to do.
  3. Hello! I don't have much advice to offer. But I'm kind of in the same boat. I want to go for my PhD ultimately, but didn't apply right out of undergrad because I'm not sure which of the two fields I studied in undergrad would be more appropriate for my long term goals when it comes to PhD programs. Instead I took a gap year and applied to MAPSS because I thought this would give me additional training, plus a chance to take some more classes to determine which path I want to take (I'm actually becoming more interested in switching to social psychology, as well, despite being in sociology and anthropology as an undergrad.) I'm a bit apprehensive, because of the loans I would need to take out. I am also nervous because there seems to be a lot of negativity about MAPSS online and I'm not sure if that is to be believed or not...
  4. If I knew then what I know now, I would have gotten it together and applied to 10 or more PhD programs this cycle and been more intent on it. (aka, I would have gotten my sh*t together sooner)....I also hate the idea of taking out a lot of loans for the MA I got into, but with everything going on right now, I think it may be worth it. I'm hoping that if I can get an MA it will help improve my application for the next round of PhD applications. And if I don't get into a PhD program next cycle, I'm hoping the MA can help me get a more relevant job, hopefully some sort of research job, until I can fight my way into a PhD program...idk. This is all so stressful.
  5. I'm very nervous how things will play out now. Just before things started getting really bad I submitted a petition to have my funding increased, and I haven't heard back yet. I'm afraid with everything going on they may not increase my funding at all, or it may be a while yet before I hear back. I'm definitely regretting a lot of things right now and am worried about every little detail in my emails I sent. The longer it takes the more I over-analyze everything 😭 I'm also afraid how this will affect PhD applications next year or the following year, as I'm only going for a MA right now.
  6. I only applied to the MAPSS with a Soc concentration, but I just got my acceptance letter on the website!
  7. I got accepted!!! I only received 1/3 tuition...I'm not sure who to contact to try and negotiate it and when I should begin trying to do that...
  8. Hi! I actually applied for the MAPSS with a concentration in Sociology for this coming fall. I'm super nervous because I'm thinking we should hear back today or tomorrow. So, I can't answer your questions, but was curious if you did end up applying and if you've heard anything yet!
  9. I would like to, but am in the same boat of not knowing who to ask. Also, with how many applications they received, I'm not sure if any of them will be able to give any feed back and I'll just look silly for asking.
  10. Thank you! I really appreciate this information. These next two weeks of waiting are going to kill me.
  11. Hopefully you will get better news from somewhere else soon!
  12. I was just rejected from my fourth and final PhD application so I feel ya. 😅
  13. Do you possibly know approximately how many individuals receive at least 2/3 tuition? I was a direct applicant to MAPSS with a concentration in sociology this year for Fall 2020. I am currently waiting on my admission decision, but am incredibly nervous about funding. I really would love to go here if I'm accepted, but I'm not sure I can swing it without full or at least 2/3 tuition being funded, so I want to be prepared. Also, are you aware if people can/have successfully negotiated better funding?
  14. I'm just ready to get this last decision over with !! UGH
  15. I'm taking a Social Networks class right now for fun and we are using the 4th addition of Social Network Analysis by John Scott as our textbook. It covers the history, main theories, and research techniques of SNA pretty well and serves as a good introduction to the field. I don't think it's a bad book at all, especially if you're into reading textbooks like me 😀 (plus it's a lot cheaper than some alternatives, although probably not quite as good as those)
  16. Yes! It's so important not to forget our worth in this process! Many amazing, talented, and skilled students get rejected from amazing programs for arbitrary reasons.
  17. Hopefully! I'm waiting on another decision that may come late next week or early the following. I'm so sick of waiting. Maybe next week will be a good one for both of us!
  18. From the past few years results it looks like they usually send most acceptances on a Monday or Tuesday, then rejections on Wednesday and later. But since no one has even posted about an acceptance from Duke I wonder if it'll be next week before decisions come out...hmm...
  19. I actually applied to MAPSS at UChicago, with a concentration in sociology. (I missed the PhD application deadline - long story) Anywho, what's more relevant to your comments is that I visited UChicago in November 2019 as a prospective student. I scheduled appointments with two faculty members in sociology. The first appointment went horribly. The professor showed up 30 minutes late to our meeting which was only scheduled 30 minutes to begin with. He then rushed me in and out of his office in less than 5 minutes, and was completely uninterested and dismissive. He seemed annoyed because I had emailed him asking him if he still able to make our meeting (I was very polite) when he didn't show (he hadn't even sent me an email saying he would be late or had to cancel). The reason he was late, he told me, was because he just was enjoying his lunch with some other faculty too much. Suffice to say I left the first meeting almost in tears. I felt humiliated, especially because of how this prof treated me. I was exhausted and frustrated. I had driven over five hours, toured the campus (which was honestly beautiful and lovely imo), and was so looking forward to these meetings before driving five hours back home in less than 30 hours total. Luckily my second meeting went much better. The professor I talked to seemed genuinely interested in visiting with me, discussing my research, and even introduced me to another faculty member. He told me he was looking forward to my application and hoped I would attend. We spent 45 minutes together and I left far more hopeful (and mentally stable) than I had left the first meeting. From my impression and research, faculty at UChicago can either be really involved and helpful with their students, or completely dismissive and uninterested in students, although this seems to be a bigger problem for MAPSS students than PhD students. I was originally very excited to possibly attend UChicago for the MAPSS (and possibly the PhD program eventually)...my visit left me both really excited, yet apprehensive due to that bad meeting. After seeing some reviews of the university/program online I am a little more wary now, but am trying to take all opinions with a grain of salt. I would definitely recommend visiting as well and seeing how you feel with the faculty and other students, the experience will be different for everyone! It is still a great program and highly respected/well known. Hope this helps!
  20. Has anyone heard anything from Duke? I figured we would have seen/heard something by today, granted it's only halfway through.
  21. Since it was a phone call, I definitely wouldn't worry yet! Could be a number of reasons you haven't heard yet. If they're exclusively making phone calls it could take a while to get through everyone, or maybe they're only calling a few individuals who they are trying to decide between...you never know, so don't give up! Good luck!
  22. I did not, but dang, I could not imagine being rejected over the phone. That would be so miserable in my opinion.
  23. Yes! It was down for a while. I could get to the results board and that was it. Even so that was hit or miss as well.
  24. Based on the conversation between a few people earlier, I thought I would post this article. It's a pretty interesting little piece on who hires whom when it comes to sociology. The author finds that the "if you want to work top 10, go to a top 10 school, if you want to work top 20, go to a top 20 school" holds true for the most part. https://scatter.wordpress.com/2018/01/08/who-hires-whom/
  25. I also only applied to 5 schools, so I feel you. I've already decided that if I get rejected or decide my accepted programs just aren't right, I'm going to take another gap year and focus on doing an additional study and getting my research published, then reapply to even more programs.
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