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Today marked the end of our archaeology excavation and Takashi proved he has the best eyesight in our group by finding obsidian flakes and quartz pieces smaller than 1cm within our site. The girl making false interpretations last week was in fine form as well, dumping a collection of rocks into the bag containing our artifacts and ecofacts. Oh well, this justifies my decision to take photos of everything before it went in our bag.

Everyone in our group was coated in dust by the time we finished, and before we had the chance to clean up we ran into a group of future students at the university for transfer orientation. I can only imagine what they must have thought when they saw us, but at least we weren't carrying around giant buckets full of dirt at the time. Later in the day I met a couple of guys from Ocean Shores who drove all the way to Pullman, and I helped show them a couple of places on campus that they were trying to find.

Following that came a meeting with my Cultural Ecology professor to go over the details of my presentation for the Asian Studies symposium next month. Our three hour conversation quickly branched into an assortment of fields covering everything from reindeer pastoralism to our shared interest in the global perception of soccer, and also included a glowing opinion on my chances at being accepted into graduate school. Apparently even the Cultural Anthropology program at Berkeley is within my reach.

I also met with Yuka this afternoon, to do more studying for our Anth 331 exam. My previous meeting lasted much longer than I thought it would, but even though I showed up five minutes late the same thing happened to Yuka, although in her case it was from evacuating her dormitory and waiting for a fire crew to check the building before she could grab her course materials and study notes. We spent two hours going over the essay questions, so this should give me enough preparation for the test tomorrow. It was interesting to see that her electronic dictionary includes entries for both "potlatch" and "Zuni" - which led to us joking about how she must have bought an anthropology version of the standard Japanese-English translator.

Tomorrow Wednesday morning will be my first day working as a filing clerk at the city's veterinary hospital.


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Mar. 30th, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
Pursuing a higher degree than what you're pursuing now means narrowing down your job options. UC Berkeley is a VERY good school, one of the best in the US. But I think you should consider what can you do with the degree if you decide to enter grad school. Trust me, it'll make all the pain and misery related to being a grad student worth while.
Mar. 30th, 2006 09:15 am (UTC)
Pursuing a higher degree than what you're pursuing now means narrowing down your job options.

How so? I'm not interested in archaeology or bio anth, so it doesn't seem like this would be much of a problem if I focus on cultural and linguistic anthropology for my master's degree.

And for the record, I have no idea what to do with my current degree once I finish with classes next spring. =\
Mar. 31st, 2006 05:53 am (UTC)
Well, what I meant wasn't the breadth of the options but the depth- if it means anything- you'll be over qualified for many jobs, and you'll most likely be stuck with a researcher and/or teacher type of work with a grad degree. If you like those kind of thing, then go for it, but don't go to grad school just cus you don't know what to do after you graduate. I did that, and it left me miserable.

Anyway, that's my two cents. Personally, I'd be estatic if you go to berkeley. I mean, it's berkeley, man! :)
Mar. 31st, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
Ah, I see what you mean now. I didn't realize anthropology would operate the same way as the education system here in the United States. I wouldn't mind a position teaching or doing research, but as I was already considering the possibility of taking time off from school to work and pay off my current student loans that will hopefully give me some time to think about what I want to do with my degree.

Exactly .. "it's Berkeley!" :D
Apr. 1st, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
It WILL be a good idea to take some time off like you said. Really figure out what you really want to focus on when you're ready for grad school. Especially for social science/himanities, that'll be a highly recommended way of doing things. :)

Anyway, best of luck for everything, Pasha. :)
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