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  1. Anyone else bored and ready to start grad school. I'm literally counting down the days!
  2. Hello! I am interested in clinical social work and was fortunate enough to get into Boston University and University of Michigan. I am interested in working with children and families. Boston University has a clinical track while University of Michigan has an Interpersonal Track. If you have any insight on which program is more clinical in terms of psychotherapy interventions, internships, and coursework etc it would be much appreciated. I have to decide in a week which program I want to attend. If you have any other input about these programs please let me know. Thank you!
  3. Hi, I graduated from my bachelors (BA in Social Sciences) in 2013. When I graduated I was very confused about what I wanted to do, so I decided to move home and work for a before applying for Masters. I took a job in market (qualitative) research about a month after graduating - mostly because of a general interest in culture and human psychology. I stuck around for 2 years because I was told it wouldn't look good if I left earlier, but by the end of it I was sure I did not want to make it a career. I then went into brand consulting, but left after 8 months because the place I worked at was not well managed at all - there were frequent (very) late nights, having to do work that I did not have the skills for and lack of proper training and poor management meant that I was absolutely burnt out by the end of those 8 months. So I quit without another job in hand or a back up plan, which they say you should never do, and took 2 months to just recuperate. I then (on a whim, really) applied for an internship at a think tank in my city where I worked on the website and editorial team - collecting and creating content. I enjoyed this much more than my previous 2 jobs (I think I just liked the people I was working with much more). At this point, aware that I had already worked at 3 different places, I began to feel the pressure to commit to a field of study for my Masters, so I "chose" public policy, even though I haven't actually worked in a policy research think tank and am still not 100% sure I'm passionate about the subject. I am now looking to apply for Masters in Public Policy for fall 2018. To fill my time until then, as I realize most places will not hire someone just for a year, nor do I want to get into the rigmarole of settling into a full time job, I am looking to apply for policy research internships. However, this will mean that I have worked at 4 different places in as many years. How bad will this look on my application? Will universities be wary and think my application looks scattered and confused based on all the different places I have worked? Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thank you!
  4. Need some help, thought I'd make an account an ask...Do I have any chance of getting into a decent Stats PhD? I'm a junior attending an "elite" US institution (top 15), but don't have a solid GPA (3.54). I'm majoring in Stats and Economics, and my major GPA is around a 3.6. I've taken calculus and linear algebra, but have no advanced math classes, although I do plan on taking real analysis in the Fall. I have no research experience. I don't have a great relationship with any of my professors. ...All that said, how screwed am I? I literally never considered a PhD before this month, so I never bothered to research or do anything. At this point, I'm left coasting on my university's name, which I'm still not sure will get me anywhere. If anyone could chance me in general and recommend me schools that I could actually get into, I would be highly appreciative. My top two schools are Rice and UTAustin at this point, but I'm not sure I could get into either... Edit: Haven't taken the GRE yet, but I'm expecting a 90% percentile+ in the Quantitative section...I feel like the only thing I can do is standardized tests. I'll probably look into the Math GRE subject test as well and try to study over the summer...
  5. This question may be kind of strange, but what was the dress code at your grad schools? I'm nervous I'm not gonna have enough "clinic" clothes but I also don't want to break the bank. Good quality professional clothes is so expensive. I bought a couple of tops and slacks but I don't know if it's enough. Thank you!
  6. Hello! So I am currently a Junior/Senior, as I came in with credits so I will be graduating a semester early in Fall 2018 (although I could graduate earlier). I did okay my first semester with a 3.55 and maintained that my freshman year, but this past Fall due to issues that aren't really all that important (roommate issues involving the police, poor concentration as a result, family issues, etc) my gpa tanked with my harder classes (Got a D in Organic 1, had to retake and got a C). So now I overall have 3 C's and a D-(retook for the C) on my transcript for a gpa of 3.16. I got a 3.45 semester gpa in the Spring which helped, and I plan to do way better this Fall to bring me up to like a 3.34ish, and 3.45ish come next spring. So, with the hypothetical stats listed below, would it be a good idea for me to apply to graduate schools next fall, or would it be better to wait. Schools of Interest: UVA, Notre Dame (I know a few faculty already), UCSD, NYU, Virginia Tech, Duke, and some more hard reaches (Cornell, etc) GPA guess: 3.45 Research: 3 academic years, 2 full summer programs (Notre Dame REU, Va Tech Neuroscience Fellowship), 2 posters, 1 award for best poster presentation at the Notre Dame summer symposium, 1 publication (not one of the first authors) Extracurriculars: Student Conduct Committee (member, committee chair this year), university undergraduate research ambassador, undergraduate honor system panel member, student communications advisory board for college, hospital volunteer in surgical areas Jobs: Receptionist for student conduct committee, laboratory technician for transgenic mosquito lab in the biochem department Any helpers- Puerto Rican, African American, will be doing masters in Translational Biology for a year before going to grad school, will have great LORs, will do a complete 180 in terms of gpa after that rough patch, working on another possibly publication If you read all of this, thank you so much. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated as Im kind of freaking out.
  7. I know this might be a little early, but now that many of us have been accepted to different programs, I thought it'd be a good idea to start a thread containing Facebook groups for various programs. I've seen people posting groups in the results page and figured this might be more efficient. If you create a group, please post a link here! When others commit to a school, they can find the groups here. Congrats to everyone!
  8. I graduated from a top IR program in 2015, and before that was an anxiety-ridden gradcafe poster under another handle (trying to retain a little anonymity here). Scrolling through these anxious posts on a lazy Saturday morning, I want to assure that it's not as hard to get into these programs as many gradcafe posters seem to think. I had a solid GRE, mediocre GPA, decent but not exceptional work experience. I worked hard on my essays and two of my professional recommendation letter writers definitely liked me a lot (although I never saw their letters), but I was a number of years out of undergrad and the academic reference I got was from a professor in a totally unrelated field who probably barely remembered who I was. I had never had a proper IR job, had never lived in DC. It was a mixed application. But it got me into Johns Hopkins SAIS with a hefty scholarship, and a number of other top programs most of which gave me money. This is not Yale Law. You don't need a 3.96 GPA from an elite undergrad and a 98th percentile GRE/LSAT. One of my good friends at SAIS once casually referenced being happy about having cracked the 50th percentile on the math portion of the GRE. I have a number of friends that came from no-name undergrads (and of course some from Princeton, Vanderbilt, Middlebury, Boston College, Brown, etc.). If you're looking for $$$, then you probably want to pump up your GRE scores and write the best letters you possibly can. ETA: Most gradcafe-ers are probably some of the top applicants to these schools. That's why when results season comes around, you'll see lots of posts like "I can't believe I got into X school with Y dollars!"
  9. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated! Bachelors: Psychology Masters of Science: Human Cognitive Neuropsychology Undergrad overall GPA (I had one horrible semester): 3.465 Undergrad Psychology GPA: 3.8 I am a horrible test taker: -GRE Verbal: 149; 42% -GRE Quant: 146; 24% -GRE Writing: 4.5; 82% Research experience: 3 years (Research technician in EEG , fMRI and clinical lab); 3 years (Project coordinator at upper limb prosthesis research lab) Clinical experience: 3 years (Clinical lab working with patients with ASD, dyslexia and schizophrenia and assist with writing neuropsych reports); 1 year (clinical lab learning how to administer cognitive measures and shadowing Clinical Psychologist). Teaching experience: Taught two one-hour courses to research interns on EEG data analysis and protocol for conducting research with at risk populations. Supervised training of summer interns at Neuroimaging lab. Abstract submission and Poster presentation: 5 (3 secondary author @ VA medical center; 2 first authors @ Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science VI; and @ University of Edinburgh, respectively). Publications: 6 (2 second author, 3 third authorships). Potential publication by time I submit PHD applications: 9 (three manuscripts currently under review) Race: Black Gender: Male Languages speak and understand: English (fluent), French (can semi comprehend and speak), creole (can semi-comprehend a little difficulty speaking) Schools applying to, in order of preference: 1. Yale University 2. Harvard University 3. University of Pennsylvania 4. University of Michigan 5. University of Iowa 6. Temple University 7. DUKE University 8. University of Oregon 9. Indiana University Bloomington 10. Washington State University 11. Boston University 12. The university of Vermont 13. The University of Maine 14. University of Missouri, Kansas City 15. George Mason University 16. Eastern Michigan University 17. University of Wisconsin-Madison 18. University of Wyoming
  10. Hello, I've been compiling things to do this summer before starting graduate school and came up with a summer reading list from tons of forum searches etc, you can find it on my blog www.rosyspeaks.com but I am wondering if anyone had any other good books that they can add or any advice for an incoming grad student to how to further prepare, it would be appreciated. THANKS
  11. I'm starting a PhD program at UNC-Chapel Hill this August, and I've never lived on the east coast or visited for more than a few days. I'm from New Mexico/Colorado, so I'm used to the dry, arid temps and cooler nights. I'm also more used to the very laid-back, easy-going clothing style here! Does anyone have any advice about the types of clothes that girls wear around the east coast, and what is appropriate for a grad school look? I want to update my wardrobe from the "collegiate" style to a more "adult" style but am pretty sure that I won't be wearing pencil skirts and heels around campus/lab all day. I'm also curious what types of supplies and bags people use in grad school.. do you have a backpack or a messenger bag or simply a computer? Carry a lunch bag? What works best for you? I'm not picky on any style and I'm sure it'll depend on how much stuff I'm carrying around, etc. Just looking for extra advice that I can think about! Thanks!
  12. I'm currently working as a direct staff support for a home of adults that have intellectual disabilities. I thought a majority of the job was going to be on communication with them but that consist of 25%-30% of the job. The rest I am basically a caregiver--cleaning the house, cooking, helping them with personal management, hygiene, etc. I'm looking into other jobs. I got an interview for an assistant to a teacher at a preschool but I'm not sure if that will better my chances of getting into grad school. I'm having second thoughts about the job search and just sticking with the job I have. I have a second job and between that and this other job, I don't have time to shadow SLPs. When I asked what I needed to improve on, the admissions said my GRE could use some work. I'm studying for the GRE but I feel that that is not enough and I don't want to waste my time with this job and not doing something else. Any advice would be great!
  13. So I could not find any other active forums about CSUB which is why I'm making this one. Has anyone applied to CSUB? If so have you heard anything back yet? I applied the 1st week of December via email. Still waiting on a response...
  14. Hello. I will be starting grad school in august and I don't really know what to expect. Everyone is always talking about how stressful and hard it is, but never explain how and why. Is it that much different than undergrad? Are the classes harder than they were in undergrad or is it just time constraints with clinic? Thank you!
  15. I'm currently working as a direct staff support for a home of adults that have intellectual disabilities. I thought I was going to be working a lot on communication with them but that part is pretty much 25% of it. The rest I am basically a caregiver-- cleaning the house, cooking, helping them with personal management, hygiene, etc. I'm looking into other jobs. I got an interview for an assistant to a teacher at a preschool but I'm not sure if that will better my chances at getting into grad school. I'm kinda having second thoughts about quitting the job search and sticking with the one I have but I'm not entirely sure. Anybody have any advice?
  16. Hello, I'm interested in the one year Master of Science in Public Policy program at NYU's Wagner School. It seems like a pretty unique program to me, and I'm having trouble finding any information about acceptance rates or thoughts on past applicants. etc. Does anyone have any thoughts about this program or is anyone else applying/does anyone know any admissions statistics? Thank you! - M
  17. I have a few questions for those currently in grad school, specifically those in slp grad school. 1) Do you have time for a job? If so, is it usually a part time job on the weekend? 2) any job recommendations? 3) Is there time to participate in college events...football games...on -campus events? 4) What is grad school like? 5) Did you find a job easily after gradschool? 6) Which work area do you recommend? Hospital, clinic, schools, etc? 7) How should I pick an area of interest...i like a little bit of everything, as of now? I know every university is different, but i just want rough overview of what to expect
  18. Hello, I have scheduled interviews in January and February at numerous Clinical Psychology PsyD programs around the country (Baylor, JFKU, Marshall, IUP, etc). My question is whether or not I should be clean shaven for the interviews. I have a full and well manicured beard. It is always well kept, trimmed, and groomed and I have always received many compliments on my beard. I have gotten mixed reviews when asking professors and professionals about what to do with my facial hair situation. Some say to play it safe and shave it off and some say that it would be something that could potentially make me more memorable. Any thoughts and opinions would be appreciated!
  19. Hello, I am planning to apply to grad schools for Spring of 2018 and Fall of 2018. I just recently graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree. I am planning to take a gap year if I decide to not apply to grad schools for the Spring of 2018, especially if I get a position as an SLPA. I have a lot of volunteers and shadowing hours and my GRE scores (after taking it a third time) are pretty decent. (156 V; 154 Q; 5 W) My only problem though is my GPA... I have a 3.123 for my last 60 credits and a 3.0 overall GPA... I know that schools look at the GRE and GPA greatly and I was wondering if there was any hope in getting in at any school at all or if there was any way I can get my GPA up some even after graduating? I know there are Post-Bacc classes, but I am under the impression those are mainly for people who have a Bachelor's in another field of study. Any tips schools that anyone knows about that looks at the whole application as a whole instead of just the GPA and GRE will be helpful! Thank you!
  20. Looking for feedback on the Speech Pathology Graduate Programs at the following schools: 1) Auburn University 2) University of Georgia 3) Samford University 4) University of South Carolina 5) University of Tennessee- Knoxville 6) University of Memphis Any information regarding thoughts towards the programs in general, program length, accreditation, town/ location, faculty support, costs, assistantship position availability, internship placement help, housing, cohorts, etc. would be greatly appreciated!
  21. One of my mentors informed me that all I needed was a Bachelors Degree to work in schools (they only have it labeled as SLP but min requirement is bachelor's), similar to a SLPA job. Any fellow Idahoans out there that have been through this process or are considering this? I'm curious to know how it works and what it's like. Thanks for the help
  22. My classes aren't due to start until August 23rd (orientation) and I'll be in Boston. However, I'd like to fly into LA to meet my girlfriend before driving across to Boston to get her car etc. out there and enjoy the road trip! We would take about a week as her job will be starting. My question is this: Can I arrive in LA on my F1 Visa if I'm going to school on the opposite coast? Will customs/immigration be funny about it? Do I have to show evidence of a return flight to the UK say, for Christmas, even though I'm taking part in a 5-year course? Any help would be hugely appreciated.
  23. This is precisely what the title suggests. Invite everyone planning to apply for a master's course in the field of Music to share concerns, updates here. And I request everyone already enrolled in such programmes to help us out. @Musicologist I am personally confused between Musicology and Ethnomusicology and want to find out more about Music therapy as a programme. Any disussion around it is much appreciated!
  24. So I will be going into my senior year this fall. I go to a state school in pa. I have yet to take my GRE but I have an embarrassing low GPA. I have a 3.135. I am going to be retaking a course in the summer time that I got a C in and I will be retaking another course I got a C in next semester. During my second year of school, I got really ill. I had/have serve health issues. In addition to having really bad personal issues. I want to get into grad school more than anything. I have a nine year old brother who uses an AAC device and is totally nonverbal. I've been involved with speech therapy since he was two. I also work at my local YMCA, I work with children who are pretty at risk and I love my job. It is my passion. I am a member of NISHLA, sign language and braill club and was in a sorority for two years. Any advice?
  25. I've realized that I need to get my butt in gear in terms of accumulating volunteer hours! But how much is enough when applying to grad school? Currently I only have about 20 hours under my belt but they aren't related to anything I could apply to speech (some city cleanup and some at the Everglades). Anyways, I'm definitely joining my schools NSSLHA next semester and probably the schools Advocates for Exceptional Children group as well, both of which I know will have many volunteer opportunities available. Would work with these organizations be enough or should I also do some kind of long term volunteering somewhere outside of these organizations as well? Ugh I'm stressing out and I'm not even applying yet. How many hours did you have on your application and what kind of experiences did you have?