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  2. I know it's expensive but if this is really your dream expanding to 5 schools at least will be worth the extra $600. I don't come from money either but even counseling programs are getting more competitive.
  3. Thank you so much that is very helpful!
  4. My sister and brother-in-law went to school from their wedding. They were each in a branch of the sciences, but luckily there was a decent intersection of places that would have served them both. One didn't get into Stanford, so they both wound up going to Madison-- a top-drawer choice for what they wanted to do. Not sure how they would have handled a less fortunate outcome during the graduation/wedding process. It was all pretty tense at is was.
  5. @TakeruK's....take is smart and well considered. My opinion also has to do with the market and funding--if you are both applying to 20-30 programs, thats 4-6k. If you both get accepted to proximate schools with less than ideal funding structures, there may be loans that you both have to take out. Almost no program, in the current market, can guarantee better than 50% placement, and the job market for 20th century american lit is bleak. Last year there were around 8 jobs interviewing at MLA. These are bad numbers, and, while I respect the energy and passion of other people in this thread, I think that life on the other end needs to be considered when recommending how many schools one should apply to. I feel like I should be more than a negative nancy, though, so, to OP, I guess I would advise you both to apply to the maximum number of schools that you can justify in the Northeast. If you both get into programs based around here, commuting to see each other/living together becomes a much more reasonable proposition than anywhere else in the country, imo. For people w/ yr interests, that would mean apps at Penn, Rutgers, Princeton, Columbia, NYU, Brown, Yale, CUNY, and Harvard. I know these are scary big name places, but idk if I'd rec anywhere else on the corridor. But, if you're grades and profiles are as encouraging as your profs say, then you should have decent shots anyways.
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  7. The important thing to consider when it comes to that is how much the visit itself will cost. When I was deciding on schools for last application season (I actually ended up going with a standalone MA program rather than a joint MA/PhD program), it wasn't economical for me to visit most of the schools that were high on my list (I live near Little Rock, AR). For me, a $50-$150 application fee was cheaper than travel and accommodations. Because I was also applying to some Playwright MFA programs, I ended up just applying to far more than most people I know. However, that ended up being a blessing in disguise. I was not accepted to a few of the schools I would have visited otherwise. I had already been in touch with some faculty and students throughout the application process, but once I began getting my acceptance letters, I reached out to more current students in those programs (via FB or department-listed email addresses). Ultimately, I planned a road trip of sorts during Spring Break to visit my Top 4 schools and made a second trip to visit the 5th on the list. I think that process worked well for me, and I expect to do something similar when I begin applying for PhD admission next year. I was able to eliminate several schools just from the conversations with students and faculty in the wake of admission (whether it be due to artistic, financial, faculty, or academic reasons). I'm extremely glad I didn't make visits prior to applications. However, the one caveat I might provide is that I already had established communication channels with most of these schools. If I were just a name they were seeing for the first time on an application, that may have been a different story.
  8. Thanks. Out of curiosity, did you accept the offer? Did you get into any other programs? I'm interested in working with Zoltan Barany and Robert Moser.
  9. MSU is good for African politics. Check out Bratton, Conroy-Krutz, and Logan.
  10. APA is a great place for meetings in my field as it is a smaller group than our main conference (AERA). Emailing prior is a good idea, but some profs don't answer email during the summer. Find the division you are interested in and go to all their open events. Get to know the main players in your field. Attend talks or posters sessions by your POIs. Show interest in their posters and ask good questions. Mention then that you are interested in working with them (if you don't connect over email before). Try to connect with their grad students! They will likely have more time and interest in hanging out. You will get a lot of good insights and they really have our ear when it comes to who to admit.
  11. I'm sorry to read this. Our cohort was not as tight, but I had a tight cohort in my MA so I understand how awful it is when it falls apart. In my case, our MA cohort did not fall apart during school, but later, when me and another person couldn't make it work. What followed was a feeling of mourning for a lost friendship, and it seems you are feeling something like this. History cohorts are particularly difficult to keep tight because man of us go away for a year to do research. In my case, I always say I have a horizontal cohort (my year group) and a vertical cohort (my field). If I can give any advice, 1) you clearly need to protect yourself so build –if you haven't– a support network, two or three people you can go to when these types of things happen. Quals are a horrible part of grad school but they are not the only horrible part. I had a go-to person for when I fought with my BF and another friend for more academic stuff. Having outside-the-department friends can also help. 2) Accept the loss. Agh, just writing it gives me the chills. Loss is one of the hardest things we –as humans– can accept. I'm really sorry for your group's dismemberment but you must know even if everyone forgave everyone and was healthy, it will never be the same. (It seems I'm saying this from a comfortable place, but trust me, I am not). Again, I am terribly sorry for this.
  12. Like that revised list If you can, maybe try submitting one of the projects you've worked on to a conference between now and when you submit your application. These sorts of things go a long way toward showing you are serious about research.
  13. I actually interviewed at Southern Miss this app season! It's a great program feel free to PM if you have any questions about my experience applying there!
  14. What position did you apply for?
  15. Most dual-academic couples that I know cast a wide net, but the actual number of applications really depends on the situation. When I think "wide net" for academic couples, I would think that both partners would pick a couple of geographical areas that suit their needs (whether persona, professional, or otherwise) and then apply to everything in those cities that makes sense to. Definitely only apply to schools that you are actually interested in, but I would consider the location to your partner as part of this determination. So, a wide net, to me, really means that you might be applying to schools that might not have interested you on its own, but if your partner has a position at a nearby school, that might be enough to make the school interesting to you. Whether this is 7-10 schools or 20-30 schools just depends on the locations the couple is considering. There are some places in the world that have 5+ schools within a 1-hour drive, so if you are considering 3 or 4 such areas, that adds up fast. On the other hand, another couple might be casting as wide of a net as they can and only find 10 schools that are worth applying to. There is a lot of random-ness in applications because of the many factors out of your control. Perhaps these numbers vary from field to field, but for my field, if you are a good fit for a program and you have decent application materials, there's probably a 20%-30% chance of admission. I agree with @echo449 that if you carefully selected 10 schools that would be good for you and prepared accordingly but still got rejected from all 10, then it probably has more to do with your application package than the number of schools you applied to. A good candidate might get into 2 or 3 programs out of 10, and rejected from 2 or 3 other programs where they were on the shortlist or just below the cutoff. However, when you are trying to have both partners go to the same city, if you only pick 10 carefully selected schools, it might be the case that the schools you get accepted were the ones where your partner just barely didn't make the cut and vice-versa. If you and your partner has decided that you must live in the same city, then my advice is to treat each city/area/region as its own independent competition. Hopefully there are 3+ good schools for each of you in each city (some couples only choose places where this is the case). I wouldn't worry about whether the total number of applications overall is high enough; just that each of you are submitted enough applications to one area. It's fine to pick one or two places where you only send one application if they are both really great fits for you (it doesn't hurt to aim high!) but I would optimize the location picking to ensure that most of the places you are applying to has ample opportunities for both.
  16. @ellieotter @8BitJourney -- Thanks!!! I'll be sure to PM if I have any questions. I'm applying to Southern Miss as a bit of a "why not" moment in my life. I applied to psych master's programs prior to ending up in law school and got super frustrated with the process and ended up not following through with 2 interviews after I got waitlisted on my first choice. It was always my goal to end up in a correctional/forensic psych and JD was my fall back. Long story short on how I've decided to apply --- my JD pushed me into some work that really highlighted the issues I'd love to work on regarding correctional mh care (i.e., improving risk assessments, increasing the quality of care via alt methods like telepsych, targeted counseling for solitary, etc.) but I assumed I couldn't get into a psych program (b/c of research experience). After diving through and finding the options for correctional policy programs are pretty scarce, I spoke with a former prof who pointed out that I should be somewhat competitive for a PhD with a JD, sooo why not? I'd apply to more, but law school sucks and monetarily that's not an option.
  17. So you're right that your interests fall into multiple categories and honestly I think you can take multiple paths and still reach the same place. Since you really want to work with brain data then cognitive, clinical neuropsych, or neuroscience would probably be the most straight forward path. A more research oriented counseling program could work but you'll have to comb through their class offerings and find a POI who explicitly does this work. If you enter a grad program to leads to some sort of licensure (clinical neuropsych, counseling, clinical social work, mental health counseling) then it'll probably also be easier to work with people on these skill sets (essentially taking on clients). If you follow the cognitive or neuroscience path then you won't be able to practice (unless you get a lcsw first or something) but you can consult to teach people about the practices you develop/adapt. But it sounds like you want to provide treatment rather than just train other clinicians in an intervention and for that you definitely need to be licensed or risk getting into a lot of trouble.
  18. This was a big question for me, too. It is so expensive! I qualified for Medicaid.
  19. Use your full legal name where you must in the application form. Note that some application software matches things like transcripts to your application form by an algorithm so if these don't match, it might take an extra step to link them (or the online software will show that they didn't receive your files, but a human has already linked them). As TMP pointed out, there are usually entries in the application form to indicate your preferred names. If you put your social/professional name there, it should be no problem. I would not write about this in the SOP or ask my letter writers to indicate this. Sometimes the application forms have a box at the very end for any "special notes". This is a good place to note that you use XYZ in your work and personal life, however, ABC is the legal name that may appear on some documents. I would also suggest that you use the name you want to be called in all other parts of your application. For example, your CV can have your social/professional name rather than your legal name that you never use. Finally, as TMP also pointed out, these profs can figure out your name from the above actions. If you really want to be extra sure, almost all application software assigns you an Applicant Number or something like that. Just include that in the header of all your attached documents so it will be quite clear which files goes with what. You can also put your legal name there if you really wish.
  20. Human Development and Family Studies Program at UT Austin. Lisa Neff and Tim Loving both look at romantic, interpersonal relationships. I worked in Dr. Neff's lab for a summer, and she was fantastic. My advisor in my undergrad is a psychology professor that graduate from that program (so don't think you'll be stuck in HDFS if you apply to one of those). Although they don't directly work in the realm of ASD, I bet your interest would align well enough that you could work on a dissertation in the area under one of them.
  21. Given your GPA, if you want to get into a psych PhD with funding, I would study for and retake the GRE if I were in your shoes. But that's because I wouldn't do a PhD without funding so I'd need to make sure I'm competitive for money and not just admission.
  22. I second rising_star's suggestion to email first. Some conferences publish their list of attendees so if you see the name there or on the talk/poster schedule, you can open with that and say that you are interested in their program. Ask if you could meet them for a quick chat during a coffee break. If you are presenting, you can mention that too. Depending on the size of the conference and the preference of the prof, you might schedule a specific break time and a specific location, or they might just suggest that you find them during a break or poster session. Come prepared with some questions you want to get answered. At conferences in my field, you can probably expect around a 5 minute chat during a break. However, you might end up chatting longer if your interests really line up! But in my field, one shouldn't feel slighted if the meeting is only a few minutes. Also, a handshake meeting is still pretty good: I find that it was a lot easier for me to write a SOP about working with a person if I had met them before, even only briefly. And, it gives you the chance to make more contact later on. Finally, emailing ahead of time can also help you since the prof might also suggest you meet with their students or postdocs, which can be very helpful. Or, if they are actually not attending the meeting, they can connect you with their students/postdocs who are attending.
  23. Palo Alto University Emporia University Bradley University Illinois Stat University (not accredited) Those are just a few. I have looked through many others online. Some program requirements I meet, some I don't.
  24. Considering you have a couple years before graduation time, there are other tasks that might serve you better than studying from a GRE test prep book. If you'd like, there are diagnostic tests available you can take to let you know where you stand. Some note a few areas you may be weak in to suggest extra practice. Other than those, I would suggest reading daily both for pleasure as well to increase comprehension and speed. If you come across a word you don't know, create a flash card for it and practice it until you have no hesitation when answering. Write, rather type, regularly, even if it's like a diary entry, to increase accuracy, speed, and writing skills. Practice proper syntax and sentence variation. There are free practice prompts online if you'd like to write a response for a willing professor to review or provide feedback. Regarding math skills, this could depend on how strong you are in math. If you want to study, Khan Academy online provides free video math lessons and practice problems if I remember correct. If you are able to include math classes in your schedule, it can help keep you sharp for the test. An awesome resource is the Magoosh test prep apps you can get for your phone. They have an assortment of math and vocabulary cards which can help improve and maintain your skills for when test time comes. Intense studying from a test prep program can come 3-5 months before test day. Hope this helps!
  25. Counterpoint: Please don't apply to 20 places. It isn't worth it, and if you've been denied admission from 10 schools, like I was during my first round of apps, it probably has more to do with your materials than with your limited net. Apply intelligently, and don't throw good money after bad.
  26. @Ella16 I am definitely going to try to boost my quant score up but I haven't ruled out trying to get a little more experience either. @ExponentialDecay I have looked at other programs and they aren't quite for me... SAIS has too much quant, Fletcher actually didn't have anything close to what I want to pursue at all or at least I couldn't find it in their specializations, Georgetown would be quite a reach. Thank you both for your input, I really appreciate it!
  27. Thanks all! This has given me some good food for thought
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