alchemical Posted November 29, 2009 Share Posted November 29, 2009 (edited) Alright, I've been meaning to post an "assess my academic profile"-type topic, so....please assess my academic profile Anthropology BA, magna cum laude, College of William & Mary Minored in Mandarin Chinese ("nearly fluent"), basic familiarity with Japanese Undergraduate GPA - 3.75, Major - 3.86 Elected to Lambda Alpha (Anthropology Honors Society) 2.5 semesters abroad in mainland China and Taiwan GRE - V 740 (99%), Q 600 (48%), AWA 4.5 (63% GAH! I'm actually a strong writer but I almost had a meltdown with my topic during the test...fortunately I recovered and did decently on V & Q). I'm proposing to work with Buddhist liberation movements ("Engaged Buddhism") in East Asia and the U.S. See more about that in my statement (would REALLY appreciate some input there as well!). Background experience includes research in W&M's anthro department, work on a third party presidential campaign, canvassing for a social justice group, and being a Peer Advisor during a summer cross-cultural exchange program with Japanese students at W&M. 3 strong recs from professors at William & Mary. See my sig for the schools I'm applying to. Questions: -Any recommendations for other programs to try for? -Will my AWA score screw me over? Will my high verbal score balance it out or even matter overall? I'm having one professor speak to my writing skills to combat that and I believe my writing sample is pretty strong. -Should I add more backup schools? One of my professors said I should just try applying again to the top programs if it doesn't work out this time around, as she felt I'd benefit the most from the environment/resources at these programs. I'm shooting for Duke, as it's a good fit in terms of the profile of the students there and the interests of the faculty. UC Berkeley is a dream, but I'd love to go there. Any thoughts would be welcome and much appreciated. Edited November 29, 2009 by ctkaplan Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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