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    kandai got a reaction from Whovian in Fall 2019 Applicants   
    It's hard to maintain perspective in the face of rejections, but just look on the bright side -- if we don't get in to our chosen programs we are probably on track to be ahead financially and practically in life over those who sacrifice six or seven years at poverty level fellowships and stipends. I applied to seven schools, interviewed at one and then rejected from that school plus two others. No word yet from the other four, but implied rejections from two of them are expected. I'm not hopeful at this stage and ready to move on with my life. Graduate school is not the only path to happiness and knowledge, just one of them.
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    kandai reacted to anthro123 in Fall 2019 Applicants   
    Hi all, I haven't posted here yet but I've been following along! Just wanted to say that I was the one that posted both the interview and the admit. I think it's very strange that no one else posted an interview (less strange, given that info, that no one else posted an admit). Almost positive that all admits would have been interviewed. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I wish you all luck with this journey! Acceptances don't define anyone's self-worth, as we all know, it's just a total crapshoot...
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    kandai got a reaction from perpetualalligator in Fall 2019 Applicants   
    @G_speed Ditto. I'd imagine they do interview people based on past results tho. Sadly not good news for us. Such is life.
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    kandai reacted to perpetualalligator in Fall 2019 Applicants   
    Anyone want to claim the Harvard acceptance? Congratulations to whoever this was! 

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    kandai reacted to adamanthro in Fall 2019 Applicants   
    Also, YALE....anyone? ☠️
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    kandai got a reaction from Xiiiiin in Fall 2019 Applicants   
    It's hard to maintain perspective in the face of rejections, but just look on the bright side -- if we don't get in to our chosen programs we are probably on track to be ahead financially and practically in life over those who sacrifice six or seven years at poverty level fellowships and stipends. I applied to seven schools, interviewed at one and then rejected from that school plus two others. No word yet from the other four, but implied rejections from two of them are expected. I'm not hopeful at this stage and ready to move on with my life. Graduate school is not the only path to happiness and knowledge, just one of them.
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    kandai reacted to pyramidstuds in Fall 2019 Applicants   
    FWIW I had this identical mindset and got unexpected good news—folks on this forum helped me remain cautiously optimistic. Have a backup plan, yeah, but there is hope. I got rejected from (what I thought were) strong fits and got into my top choice (where I didn’t think they’d find me a fit). Despite having gone to campus and meeting with people post-acceptance, I’m still convinced it’s a mistake. I feel a bit odd and awkward offering “happy” advice like this, but I was there mere weeks ago.
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    kandai got a reaction from perpetualalligator in Fall 2019 Applicants   
    It's hard to maintain perspective in the face of rejections, but just look on the bright side -- if we don't get in to our chosen programs we are probably on track to be ahead financially and practically in life over those who sacrifice six or seven years at poverty level fellowships and stipends. I applied to seven schools, interviewed at one and then rejected from that school plus two others. No word yet from the other four, but implied rejections from two of them are expected. I'm not hopeful at this stage and ready to move on with my life. Graduate school is not the only path to happiness and knowledge, just one of them.
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    kandai reacted to scarseed in Fall 2019 Applicants   
    I'm sick of this. I'm sick of checking Grad Cafe and scanning my email or missed calls. Even checking my spam folder daily. 
    I only have two rejections (one implied) and one interview so far but, after a good chat with a POI today (at a program I withdrew my app from), I just sort of know my own worth. And know my own weaknesses. 
    And I sort of give up, a bit, on caring too much one way or another about where I do or don't get in. I certainly hope I get in somewhere (!!!) with funding but at the same time, the point here is to figure out how to keep going on my own path and keep doing my research, developing my writing, etc. 
    So, I give up on one thing and totally recommit to another. 
    Here's to good luck and happiness for all of us!
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    kandai reacted to adamanthro in Fall 2019 Applicants   
    Why hasn't Yale made any noise?! Just tell me I'm rejected already....please.
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    kandai got a reaction from Konstantine in Should I apply to PhD programs for a third & final try before I'm super old?   
    I'm in a similar boat, now waiting on app news for Fall 2019. I'm also 30 (married no kids), working at an international development/research organization in a city I like, but started feeling the itch to pursue PhD level research after my experiences in the field managing/implementing development programs. If I get into a program I'll be 31, but my gut tells me my experiences in the field and conducting ethnographic research will put me at an advantage to younger, less experienced students, as will my professional contacts. I do not hope to be a professor, so these contacts are important for employment later on.
    I also worked in CRM before getting my masters in the U.S. southwest region (based in CA). I was an archaeologist (mostly survey/monitoring work and report writing) and found it to be highly enjoyable but knew that it wasn't enough for me as a career. I also wasn't trained in archaeology beyond a two month field school I attended one summer.
    It seems to me that most young PhD students I know have a skewed view of the world because of a lack of experience. (Also entirely possible that I have a skewed view of PhD students...).
    In any case, I think age may work to your advantage (I hope mine as well!).
     
    Cheers.
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    kandai reacted to perpetualalligator in Fall 2019 Applicants   
    I don't know about Yale but the Harvard page says that while they "do not formally interview candidates as part of the admissions process, finalists may be invited for a Skype interview". Based on the results from the past two years there was only one interview post for 2017 but two acceptances (3 if you count one from the anthropology and middle eastern studies program but that might be a separate thing?). However, last year those who received interview requests were told in an email that they had made the "medium short list (less than 10% of applicants)". So basically, there's no way to know.
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    kandai reacted to AnthroScopic in Fall 2019 Applicants   
    It's all good. They said between one and two weeks for me, most likely two-ish. So I think there's still time.
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    kandai got a reaction from GenericResearcher in Fall 2019 Applicants   
    @perpetualalligator I'm wondering the same thing. I've gotten one interview and one rejection, but haven't seen anything posted about or heard anything from the other five programs that I've applied to. Have also checked the status on the online apps which says "submitted" for all five. I guess it's just a waiting game?
    I saw one blip from someone claiming an interview from Yale last week, but nothing else. Anyone?
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    kandai reacted to perpetualalligator in Fall 2019 Applicants   
    Well, shit nevermind 

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    kandai got a reaction from perpetualalligator in Fall 2019 Applicants   
    @perpetualalligator I'm wondering the same thing. I've gotten one interview and one rejection, but haven't seen anything posted about or heard anything from the other five programs that I've applied to. Have also checked the status on the online apps which says "submitted" for all five. I guess it's just a waiting game?
    I saw one blip from someone claiming an interview from Yale last week, but nothing else. Anyone?
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    kandai got a reaction from sierra918 in Should I apply to PhD programs for a third & final try before I'm super old?   
    I'm in a similar boat, now waiting on app news for Fall 2019. I'm also 30 (married no kids), working at an international development/research organization in a city I like, but started feeling the itch to pursue PhD level research after my experiences in the field managing/implementing development programs. If I get into a program I'll be 31, but my gut tells me my experiences in the field and conducting ethnographic research will put me at an advantage to younger, less experienced students, as will my professional contacts. I do not hope to be a professor, so these contacts are important for employment later on.
    I also worked in CRM before getting my masters in the U.S. southwest region (based in CA). I was an archaeologist (mostly survey/monitoring work and report writing) and found it to be highly enjoyable but knew that it wasn't enough for me as a career. I also wasn't trained in archaeology beyond a two month field school I attended one summer.
    It seems to me that most young PhD students I know have a skewed view of the world because of a lack of experience. (Also entirely possible that I have a skewed view of PhD students...).
    In any case, I think age may work to your advantage (I hope mine as well!).
     
    Cheers.
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