M.A. in Anthropology, Colorado State University
Dr. Mary Van Buren
Since graduation I have jumped right into doctoral study at Yale University, continuing to work in coastal Ecuador on the Chorrera cultural complex of the Ecuadorian Late Formative (the focus of my MA thesis). I am chasing threads on alternative pathways through, and frameworks of sociopolitical complexity; sovereignty; ceramic communities of practice; household archaeology; and the anthropology of disaster and diaspora - in addition to learning a few archaeometric techniques along the way. In the coming years I hope to pursue a dissertation project that will contribute to local Ecuadorian communities as well as the archaeological and art-historical disciplines of Ecuador.
Note to Current Graduate Students
To current students, I would say that a healthy balance in all things is key to surviving and thriving in graduate school. Setting up routines and holding oneself to deadlines (self-imposed or external), building in time both for writing and for relaxation - these will help keep you healthy in high-stress environments (in grad school and beyond).
I can also attest that the professors of the department are deeply invested in your success - they are always able to lend a hand if you are worried about your health in the program, whether that is academic or mental. Don't be afraid to reach out - you have a wonderful community of friends, colleagues, and mentors at your side! I would not have enjoyed the success of graduating without their support.
Take advantage of this time to explore new ideas (and learn about old ones). There are not many opportunities in this world to pursue ideas and projects on your terms - you are the one who asks the questions, and you are the one to attempt answers at them. In that sense, your advisors are setting you on paths to ask these questions. Anthropology can be an empowering exercise; explore it to the fullest!
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