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the grad school interview

Tuesday: August 16, 2011

In my case, I did not have an interview with UIndy, exactly. Dr. LP, from IUN, had suggested that I speak with the school because I was not sure whether I should enroll under the biology department for human evolution, or the anthropology department, for bioarchaeology. I decided to learn about the new anthro program first and began email correspondence with Dr. S, the director of the master’s program. He offered to meet in person to go over the specifics.

I had scoured the interwebz about what to expect at interviews, what to bring, and other ways to prepare, but I could not say for certain this was the situation I would find myself in. Was it a casual meeting, or was this to be an interview? I decided to dress up and bring a copy of my CV-in-progress, my unofficial transcript, and a copy of the paper I churned out for the Peruvian field school, just in case.

I arrived early and first sat down with Dr. R, the chair of the anthro department. From that conversation, I decided it was going to be more of an interview process, but surprisingly my nerves were not wrecked.  I think because I hadn’t actually decided if I was going to do anything about grad school in the near future. Of course, once I met with Dr. S and he asked the life-changing question, “So will you be enrolling for this fall?”, that decision was pretty much made. The thought of enrolling so soon made me as as giddy as a school girl.

Dr. S allowed me to sit in on his mortuary archaeology class. [I would like to note that although I personally have zero desire to partake in excavating cemeteries for the sake of excavating, it would be lying to say the subject did not interest me.] Sitting in on the class was nice – it allayed my fear of how formal grad school may be, or how formal UIndy would be compared to IUN. It was a relaxing atmosphere, open and inviting.

I had gone in to this interview expecting the worse. Was it a commuter school, like IUN? I did not want that. Was it going to be all secondary research instead of the real deal, similar to IUN? The stroll through the lab, with the white light confocal microscope, proved this was not the case. Would the teachers be grueling in their expectations of student’s “free time”? I got the feeling the faculty understood personal lives. Overall, it was a great experience. Except for the lack of major funding and the uncertainty of a brand new program with a teeny cohort, I had no issues and decided to kind of pursue the idea.

There was just this little dilemma about a solid job I had had for over ten years…


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  1. Sounds good so far. We are all pulling for you…some how money will come your way so you can keep going. Do Not give up. Ruth

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