I'm still lurking around at times. I didn't end up doing NaNo.
I'm just...a lot of the people reading this know I want to get my PhD and teach Anthropology. It's a highly competitive field with a shrinking number of tenure track jobs and too many people who want them.
This means that I'm feeling the pressure to distinguish myself, even at this level. I hate some of it, but I need to do all of it.
This semester I did my first teaching internship and my senior research. Next semester I'm doing a second teaching internship (yay!) and possibly presenting my research at a conference or two, and maybe doing more research. At the same time, also trying to maintain a GPA above 3.85, in order to graduate with the highest honors.
Also, I'm hoping to go to England next summer to study, if we get enough people signed up for the course.
So responses will probably take awhile. I'm not trying to ignore anyone, but I know the position I'm starting from - lower class, less money, etc - and I know how that effects my chances. I have to do these things and do them well if I want to get into the program and get the job I want.
(If anybody's curious, my class load for next semester is:
1. TA/intern for an intro level Anthropology course (World Prehistory) - so attending class, holding office hours, and holding supplemental instruction.
2. a 400 level Criminal Justice course (Juveniles)
3. a 400 level Archaeology course (Northern European Prehistory)
4 & 5. two gen eds (theater and health and wellness)
6 & 7. Lurking in one or two other classes (both anthropology, one Great Plains and the maybe being Cultural)
Plus the conference(s). And hoping to turn around at the end of next semester and be on a plane to England, though that doesn't look as sure.
I hope all of you are alright!