Jul. 26th, 2011

ljfrostfire: (relatively sane)
So it turns out, unsurprisingly, that I'm a crazy person. The GRE scores I was so worried about are, in fact, perfectly respectable. My 670 verbal score is the 95th percentile, my 680 math score is the 66th percentile (pretty good for somebody who's not in math, engineering, or the hard sciences!), and my writing score came in at a 4.5, which is the 67th percentile. That one bothers me a bit, but not enough to try going through that crap again. Especially since nobody really knows what phd programs actually do with that score.

And I've decided to go with six phd applications, for sanity and monetary reasons. These are:

Stanford, classics, archaeology track.
Brown, Joukowsky institute, classical.archaeology.
Cornell, classics, archaeology track.
UT Austin, classics, archaeology track.
Johns Hopkins, interdepartmental program, classical archaeology.
Boston U, archaeology, old world classical period.

I decided NOT to apply to Berkeley's AHMA group, because the description just gave me a really bad feeling. I'm learning to trust these feelings, because the last thing I want is to be in a phd program that I'm not a good fit for. Dealing with that at the masters level, even at my relatively well prepared level, has been enough to show me that it's just not worth it. If I'm frustrated with an unbalanced program now, it'd drive me batshit bonkers at the phd level. And I've seen how the wrong program can really gut-punch somebody who's a bad fit, even if they ARE quite bright, dedicated, and knowledgable. So, no Berkeley for me. Which is ... a weird feeling. A SF bay area native, NOT keen on Berkeley? It's just not right!

In other news, I got to meet my new favorite author at a book signing recently. I'm pleased to report that Gail Carriger (look, she's on LJ! [livejournal.com profile] gailcarriger) is as fabulous in person as her books would have you hope! Everyone should give her Parasol Protectorate series a try, for it is funny and steampunky and gloriously fun. Start with Soulless, but without reading the blurbs on the back of her other books, otherwise you'll definitely spoil the ending. That kind of goes for the whole series, actually. Anyway, go read her books!

And for any of you following my academics journal [livejournal.com profile] lux_in_senio , I apologize for the repetition today.

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