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  1. Most of the people on my facebook that post things like this brag about their accomplishments all the time, so I've come to associate it with annoyingness. However, if I were accepted anywhere, I would probably post something later on at the end of the semester. Several people in my department are applying to some of the same schools, and I wouldn't want to potentially clue them into their admission status. One of my FB friends got into the PhD program at my top school with full funding, while I was rejected. Needless to say, her bragging, "in your face" status update about her acceptance only made me feel even crappier. Think of your peers! This is the only reason why I would be hesitant to post anything.
  2. If you are interested in ethnobotany, look at Texas A&M. They have lots of great labs- palynology, paleoethnobotany, and archaeological ecology. PM if you have any questions!
  3. So, my friend took the GMAT about a month ago- but she was having an awful day and it ended up going really badly, so she got just below a 500 on it. She went ahead and applied to a few MBA programs, and the admission committee emailed her from one school offering her to retake the GMAT to make her application a little stronger. They told her she still has until early May to retake it, so there's plenty of time for her to study and work towards a better score. She just wanted to ask if this was normal, and how much it would really improve her chances if she retook it. Thanks!
  4. Oh, it totally hurt! What makes it suck even more is that one of the recommenders is my current honors thesis advisor, who I've been working with for 2 years now. I thought he would have something really awesome to say, but I guess not! Luckily, the prof I applied to work with is helping me get a a volunteer opportunity at one of the labs at the school, so I can start building relationships with the people there!
  5. So, I've been flat out rejected across the board, and I contacted the professor I applied to work under at my top school for some advice about how to improve my application. Here's what she told me: I was a really strong candidate with a great GPA, SOP, CV, etc, but my letters of recommendation weren't great. Ouch. She said they had only really nice things to say, but there were other candidates who had recommenders that just gushed about how fabulous, brilliant and insightful they were. Mine were nice, but not of that caliber. From this, I've learned my lesson, and I figured I would pass on the advice as well. Don't just ask people if they can write you a letter of recommendation, ask if they can write you an excellent one. It has to make you sound like the long-awaited golden child. Make sure you get people who can express how great and rockin' you'd be to have as a grad student, and that passing you by would be an awful thing.
  6. Thanks, I really needed that! I just got rejected from my top choice today, so I really appreciate that.
  7. I'm going to have to second this. I remember freshman year after taking the intro biological course, when we finished up our unit on forensic anthropology we were all super pumped and in love with forensics. She quickly squashed our dreams by telling us that there are only a handful of forensic anthropologists who do that full time, and the rest do contract work, and may get work in forensics once or twice a year. It's a really popular field, and she made sure we all knew it wasn't going to be like Bones, and it was really tough to get work in. There is also anthropological work that doesn't involve the biological factor per se- I work in a palynology lab, and the guy who runs it does contract forensic work for the CIA and FBI involving pollen. But that's only contract work- his full time job is to teach. With all that said, I wish you the best of luck!
  8. It went really well! She was really nice, and the fact that her voice sounded just like one of my best friends' actually helped alleviate some of my nervousness. We chatted for about 30 minutes, and I managed to make coherent sentences!
  9. It's going down today, in about an hour and a half. Wish me luck!!
  10. I have heard pretty much the same thing from the moment I chose my major. As for forensics, a prof at my school that does pollen forensic work for the CIA said that forensics is becoming bigger, and places like the FBI and CIA are really great about hiring people who have that kind of expertise! So, I don't think you're majoring in unemployment.
  11. So, right now I'm kind of on the fence about the whole grad school thing. I know it's something I want to do, but I don't know if I necessarily want to do it right now. I'm feeling really burnt out, and I think in order to effectively embark on another decade-ish of school, I need a year off. I've been pressured by a lot of people (parents, research advisor, etc) to apply places and pursue a PhD and just keep on going, so I have been. If I do get in to my choice school, I'll defer. But if I don't get in, I'll be disappointed, but a little relieved at the same time. I guess I was just wondering if anyone else had experienced this!
  12. I think so- on their site it just says that they want a LOR, so that's what I'm giving them. Cool! Forensics is really interesting. I'm hoping to go for genetics, ancient DNA and modern identity- kind of a mix of biological and cultural, I guess.
  13. Hey, I'm applying to UTK too! What subfield are you looking into? As for your question, I don't think it's need for the anthropology department since it isn't specified on their webpage. I look at some other departments to see if they mention it, and some (like sociology) do mention that they want it. So, since they don't explicitly say to include that form, I don't think it's needed.
  14. http://science-professor.blogspot.com/2007/12/writing-to-me.html There's a link. It's written by a science prof, but the principle is still the same for any field. My research advisor says that he usually ignores the first two kinds- if they can't take enough time to write out a concise, detailed email, then neither can he.
  15. Thanks for the advice everyone! When I'm meeting new people and I'm nervous, I tend to either clam up and only reply with really short answers, and I've been told that makes me seem cold and rude. Or, I sometimes take the chatter really fast and do an awkward crazy laugh every now and then. Either way....it weirds people out. Good thing I don't plan on going into cultural anthropology...right? But once again, thanks for the advice. I'll try to not think about how weird I am around new people, just try to be myself, and I might even work on a list of things that I could ask her to get things going. Thanks for the help!
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