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That Research Lady

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    2017 Fall
  1. @gdala Im actually working out the same issue with my partner now (who is thankfully willing to drive a little further than I am). I commuted for undergrad and during the drive I often listened to recorded lectures, text books on audio, or just my recorded voice going over course content. I'm an auditory learner so it worked well for me. However, I'm still having similar concerns as you, since I'm beginning a PhD program and haven't been in school for years. Thank you for bringing this up on the forum!
  2. Now that the dust has settled, I hope everyone has a successful year ahead of them! Thank you all for sharing, venting, crying, and cheering with me. The support on the forum was so helpful.
  3. When you send a cv, add a cover letter as well. It makes you look more serious/professional. Also don't be afraid to move for a paid position! The northeast is a great place for this. I did and it was worth the experience (and extra pocket change). Full time work in research really helped fine tune my interests and was one of the reasons I did well this application season. Good luck!
  4. I gave up an extra 10,000 a year in stipend money for a program I felt was a better fit and was closer to home. If you feel one place will give you the education you're looking for and the people are easier to work with then it's not necessary an unwise choice. Just really have to figure out your values and choose accordingly.
  5. Released my offer at UMBC. Hope this helps someone on the waitlist!!
  6. Thank you both! This thread has helped me stay positive so I'm happy to contribute to that for others. I'll be going to UConn @8BitJourney
  7. Just got off the wait list and received an offer from my top school! I will be accepting as soon as I get the official paperwork and releasing my other offer. Don't lose faith! The wait list is moving!
  8. Honestly (to me), it sounds like the choice to stay local compromised your fit for labs and that could be the issue. My grades were not as strong as yours and I applied to some difficult schools for admittance but received offers, with the feedback that my interests were very well aligned with the lab's. It sounds like your application was strong enough to get you interviews at many of the schools you applied to (which is an accomplishment), so I'd reflect on what to strengthen during interviews as well. Or consider working out of state for only a year or two and then applying to local schools again. I did not want to relocate geographically either, but I live in an area where the programs are the most competitive in the nation and actually found that having interviews from reputable schools across the nation helped during an interview with a POI close to home. I understand that sometime relocating is not possible (which I often told my mentor) but the advice I received was, it's only 4 years (or 1-2 for an RA position) and then you can go anywhere for internship/postdoc/etc. 4 years goes by very quickly and if you are less than 5 hours away from home you will likely be able to return often. I know it isn't always that simple but I'd hate to see you gather more debt for a degree you may not need. I worked instead of getting a masters and the money/experience can be very helpful.
  9. This wait gets increasingly harder every day. I feel like I'm being dramatic but maybe this is a shared experience 😧 Other posters' good fortune is giving me hope though!
  10. I worked at an ivy league my first 1.5 years and then the VA for my remaining time as an RA and I loved it. It wasn't in my topic of interest but I feel it allowed me to get experience that helped me stand out in applications. Clinical psyc admissions is competitive but those experiences helped me have options for admissions, so I'm grateful. It also pays very well compared to other positions. I almost convinced myself to stay in the VA instead of applying to grad school. I would advise that RA positions within the VA can look different so don't be afraid to ask about presentation/publication opportunities during interviews. Also, my position as an RA is among the list of exempt positions at the VA. I know my center will be hiring soon so if you're willing to move just message me and when they post the position I can send it to you.
  11. I lived off of loans in undergrad and used Mint.com. It's a Microsoft run website that you can attach your bank accounts to and keep track of all your purchases and make a budget (it has graphs and pie charts so I get happy). Also, make sure you have a small amount set aside for fun. I find that if I'm on a strict budget and I don't have a little fun each month I start to get cranky/pouty/whiney lol
  12. I was told I was nominated via initial phone conversation and then I received a separate email confirming I was awarded the fellowship.
  13. I've read that the wait list starts moving in mid-March so I'm trying to keep the faith. I can see the ups and downs of making it a match-like system but I certainly agree that the current system leaves room for improvement.
  14. I'm in exactly the same boat. I told my POI that I would wait until April 15th if I had to (or is it 17th this year?) but I feel bad about keeping my current acceptance on hold until then.
  15. I agree with the previous statements. I'd add that I have the same Psyc GPA as you but a lower cumulative GPA and I didn't need a masters to be accepted (and a competitive applicant) for my second round of applications. My first round I set up a call time with my POI and asked what I could do to be more competitive (I feel like email doesn't allow for as genuine of an answer). I worked 3 years full time in research and obtained a position running a lab, which helped a lot during my application process. The thing that made the biggest difference was pubs, presentations, personal statement, and fit. Honestly, I worked an extra 5-10 hours unpaid a week to write pubs and presentations. I made sure fit was a priority and took a year to search for potential POIs (I also reached out to them half a year in advance when I could). I also wrote my personal statement like a manuscript to show my strength in academic writing. Of course don't make it boring but it sets you apart when you can write something personal and interesting with an academic style of writing. Even with a low GPA I've had the ability to choose between some great institutions, so you can certainly do it without a masters and with some strategic planning!! Edit: oh, also, I worked in a completely different psyc area for the 3 years, so no worries. I was given feedback from a POI that working in your area of interest can help your application but it won't break it. Depends on the POI really.