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    she, her
  • Location
    United States
  • Interests
    peopling of the Americas, prehistoric Arctic/Subarctic, underwater archaeology of submerged landscapes
  • Application Season
    2021 Fall
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  1. This is my first application cycle and I haven't been on the other side of an admissions committee, so please take my advice with a grain of salt. I personally think you have good experience for an undergrad, plus I don't think your academic credentials will make you or break you. From all of the advice I've been given from irl grad students, and from what I've read on here, the best way to know if you're a good applicant is to actually reach out to the professors you want to work with. Good grades and GRE scores are great, but experience and specific research focus mean more especially f
  2. It's so difficult to forecast what will happen, so I'm frustratingly investing a ton of time and money into applying regardless. I'm going to wait until the last minute to apply to all of my schools, hoping that come January the world might have a better sense of what will happen for that academic year. If all of my top choice schools choose not to accept applications, have majority classes online, or experience serious budget cuts and thus less funding for masters degrees, I might wait a year to apply or at least prepare for application into PhD programs next cycle (if only budget related).
  3. Just would like to share my personal experience. I dated a graduate student while I was an undergrad. He was actually in his late twenties, so there was a decent age difference. Generally I got along with and hung out with grad students much more than other undergrads. Still, even though undergrads and grads crossed paths frequently in my department, I was the only exception in terms of an undergrad fraternizing with grads. Looking back, I think I was more mature than most people my age in some ways. Still, I had some growing up to do, but I was an adult and could relate to other adul
  4. Sigaba already gave great advice. All I'd like to add is if you haven't already, I would strongly suggest doing a field school that has a lab component. Even if you like studying the material, you may not like the field or lab work, and that would dictate whether you should transition into archaeology or not. Also, museum studies programs might be up your alley as well? Good luck, it sounds like you have a good background. You'll figure out what you like once you dig into the research!
  5. It's early in the application season, but I figured I'd get this going! I'm applying for an MA/MS in Archaeology. My regional interests are Arctic/Subarctic and Pacific Northwest. I'm also interested in underwater archaeology of submerged landscapes. For maritime arch, my first choice is University of Southampton (in England). I'm also into Texas A&M and East Carolina because I have so few options otherwise. Oregon State is also on my list because one professor works on submerged landscapes, but doesn't conduct underwater fieldwork. For Arctic and PNW, I'm looking at Univer
  6. I'm really sorry about your undergrad experience! I think I can offer a little insight - I've worked as a U.S. archaeologist for a bit now and am also looking at grad programs in a niche sub-specialty in the U.K. Archaeology/Anthropology degrees are less funded than the sciences. However, in the U.S. competitive applicants can typically secure funding to cover most of their expenses, although you may have to be less fussy about what programs you pursue. I know quite a lot of people who have gone to a variety of schools to get an Arch MA and many of them will tell you that schools with f
  7. Relative to this topic, I’m seeing mention of departments deferring all 2020 enrollment to the following semester or even following year. Does anyone know if this is a trend? If so, is it worth contacting departments just to see whether they intend to take on new grad students in 2021 or not? I understand that this is a natural part of the process when you email POI’s, but at this point I want to know if there’s a more direct and immediate way to get an answer about department-wide, or even university-wide trends. Mostly I want to know if this is simply a bust year to invest the time a
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