I have wanted to be a Ph.D. in anthropology for over 15 years. The reason I haven’t been to school yet is because I got a bachelors and two masters by the time I was 31 and was really burned out. They were in different fields and I have no college credits in anthropology. I am well read and I do not mind taking the deficiencies that would be necessary. I talked with the chair of the department today and I mostly came away with the belief that I am too old, I probably can’t score high enough on the GRE to get in, and they only accept 1/3 of their applicants; therefore, someone with a degree in anthropology would certainly have a better chance than I would. I am interested in evolutionary psychology, and when I told him that and that I have a master’s in counseling, he seemed to think that increased my odds – the relationship of the degree to the program and their new professor who is researching that area and has no grad students working under him yet. So I have e-mailed him. But I think I have to accept the fact that I may not be able to get in. My age is going to make the school see me as someone who can’t go out and be placed easily and do a lot of prestigious research to add to their reputation.
Does anyone have any ideas for how I can make this happen? Or if not, how can I stop feeling like I lost out on the thing I really wanted to do most in life. I’m extremely sad about this.