Guest Posted November 5, 2015 Share Posted November 5, 2015 I graduated with my BA from SFSU last December 2014 in Anthropology and a minor in Philosophy. I had previously always intended on going to grad school, but my last year-year and a half of school really had me disillusioned. The professors I had were crackpots espousing modern theory in anth and I hated it. Further, none of my work ever seemed good enough- I'd get the As, sure, but not without tons of red throughout the whole work. I needed some time off. I got a job working at a oh-so-trendy tech start up and slowly realized how unhappy I was, being out of school. I missed delving in to literature explaining behaviors through culture, biology, etc etc. I worked in a hostile environment that diffused any creativity or learning. So I decided in mid June that I was going to attend grad school, and I wanted to matriculate Fall 2016, so I started studying for the GRE so I could apply this fall. People recommended studying for three months, so I decided to do this and see how comfortable I felt at the end of it before registering for a test date. I wish people told you how quickly seats sell out, because the only date I could find was 2 weeks later. I registered because I was scared, but ended up changing it to a riskier date (November 6th, in two days) so I could really use the month of September and October to study. Long story short, here I am, and I'm nowhere near where I should be in my percentiles. I'm scoring 80th for verbal and 40th for math. I'm nervous because my GPA is a sickly 3.6 and I've got one crappy internship under my belt. My main concerns are these, though; I'm applying to UCB, UCLA, UCSD, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Duke (this is my throwaway long-shot), and maybe UW. The point is, I'm not really invested in any of these schools; I've done a bit of research for all of them and their staff, and I'm only applying because I'm interested in their work and I think it could help my own, but I'm not obsessed like so many on this forum seem to be; everyone's got these super detailed research topics, and I've only got the vaguest idea. I'm hoping to develop my research in school, and that's why I'm not super keen on any one of them. Am I not ready for grad school? Why can't I just have a set purpose in mind, attend a school with like-minded faculty, and figure out the rest as I go? I certainly don't even think I'll get into any of these schools with my stats. What should I be expecting? At this point, I don't want to go to grad school for the sake of getting a PhD; that is, I don't want to go to a lower-tier state school and just humbug along with an insignificant PhD. I want to go to a great school and have a PhD that holds some weight with it. But, maybe I'm nowhere near qualified to be so picky. Anyone else feel this way? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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