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  1. 7 points

    Dear 2020 applicants...

    I actually think that we should have a very low view of how much we know about the admissions process. Moreover, we have reason to be very skeptical about the value of this kind of forum advice as to how to improve application chances. While certain baseline information, such as the information in Eric Schwitzgebel's guide, is valuable, I doubt that all that much more can reliably be said about how to do well in the process. To begin with, our ability to infer from application results is very limited. For example, if I understand the posts above, @Marcus_Aurelius and @crunderdunder took roughly contrasting approaches to the preparation of their writing samples. Marcus spent a long time writing and rewriting a paper on a single topic that they chose based on how they wanted to fit into the current literature (to be accessible, current, etc.). This was also my approach. Crunder spent the majority of their time exploring a topic area, with much less time dedicated to drafting. Both completely crushed the process, making mockeries of us mere mortals, for whom rejections blotted out the sun and withered plants in their shade. Do I have any reason to think that I would have performed more like Crunder if I had adopted their method? I can't see that I do. It's just as possible that I would have been making things worse by working in a way less natural to me. More generally, the few things we can say with confidence—that, ceteris paribus, it is better to have higher grades, higher GREs, a better writing sample, a more prestigious undergrad, etc.—do not produce helpful advice. When I struck out the first time I applied, it wasn't because I wasn't trying to get the best grades, the most prominent letter writers etc. Even considering the question of how these different factors relate to each other, we don't know much. It seems pretty likely that the writing sample is the most important feature, as @brookspn argued. But was their strategy of spending very little time on the personal statements the way to go? I strongly suspect personal statements were important to my application (though I don't really know!). And are there always tradeoffs? I worked on my writing sample until it was basically as good as I thought I could make it and then set to work on my personal statements. If people do find themselves facing hard tradeoffs, I certainly can't see any basis for advising them when the marginal unit of work on one factor stops being as valuable as the marginal unit of work on another. If you're looking for practically salient advice, you want information that affects one of your choices. But beyond various platitudes, I don't think there's very much that qualifies. For instance, the first time I applied, I think my writing sample held me back. But the way I selected my writing sample was by picking the paper that I had spent the most time on, had the most feedback on, and that was the most skillful work I had done so far. I can't say with any confidence that those are bad ways to choose a paper, even if I know now that paper was bad. I'm not sure I've actually learned anything about the application process itself since, even if I've gotten better at assessing philosophy papers. This time, I wrote a better paper, and I did try to pick a topic that I thought was more likely to appeal to more people. But basically my strategy for picking papers didn't change that much; I was just better at writing them because of the intervening years of work. Lastly, I think the results themselves speak to a great degree of idiosyncrasy. Before hearing back, I had all kinds of reasonable theories about how my application would be received. I thought that maybe I would do better with programs which had people I had cited in the sample and who were working on the exact topic I wrote on --- Not the case. I thought that maybe I would do better with programs to which I had the most obvious appeal --- Even though I really really really like Pitt, I had no way of knowing that Pitt would like me. I thought that maybe I would do better with programs which were lower on the PGR and worse with programs higher on the PGR --- Not close. I can't see anything unique about that the three places I wasn't rejected from share. My best guess is basically randomness. In terms of getting in, all I can recommend for 2020 applicants is to work really hard on doing good philosophy that shows your philosophical skills and to get lots of advice from professors who can help guide your judgment on that. Beyond that, even if the process isn't a "lottery," it might as well be, because we simply don't have that much concrete practical information about how to really get ahead. What I think you can do to help yourself with the application process is prepare yourself emotionally. Hopefully that's something this thread can explore a bit, even if folks disagree with me about the rest.
  2. 6 points
    Not saying I agree or disagree with your comments. But how can you make this statement if you did not go to a top-rated school? Also what is wrong with focusing on research? The material you learned in class came from research. All practice is informed by research. Without top-ranked research schools leading the field in EBP, other clinical programs with professors like yours would become clueless. Remember, you are going to graduate school, earning an academic degree. Not professional school and professional degree.
  3. 6 points
    Dear All, I received letter of award from DAAD. The status is changed to Funding. Good luck and hope to see you all in Germany.
  4. 5 points
    I wish this whole story was merely a joke... University Of California, Berkeley Film & Media, PhD (F19) Rejected via E-mail on 8 Mar 2019 A 13 Mar 2019 Dear Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, if either of you could take me in and do your cute little money bribes to get me accepted, I promise to not be a bratty YouTuber and just pay attention to my work. Idk how else to be one of three accepted students!
  5. 5 points
    School: University of Texas at Austin Concentration: Counseling Psychology Type: PhD Date of acceptance: 2/15 Notified by: Phone call from POI. Officially going to this program this fall!
  6. 5 points
    School: University of Massachusetts, Amherst Concentration: Clinical Psychology Type: PhD Date of acceptance: 3/12/2019 Notified by: Phone call from POI. Just got bumped up from the waitlist and I'm just so happy!
  7. 4 points
    I am so happy that you have had a great experience in your program OP! I am not sure if these programs are actually overrated though. I go to a top 10 program and can say that it is absolutely amazing. We have top researches as our professors, but they don't only focus on incorporating research. They really emphasize client and parent expectations when crafting our treatment plans. I also don't find my program harsh; all of the faculty are incredibly supportive, as are my fellow classmates. While I do agree that actual practice facilitates learning, tests are necessary, especially since we all have to take COMPS to become SLPs. I think a lot of the information you are providing about these programs is based more on assumptions and doesn't match the actual experience of students who attend those programs. Each program is too unique to really make these broad generalizations anyway I hope this didn't come off as rude, I mean to only share my experience.
  8. 4 points

    Playwriting MFAs

    Hi all, FIRST OFF, congrats on everyone who's accepted at wonderful places. And for everyone still waiting I hope the waiting ends SOON! Wondering if some of ya'll might give me some input. Currently accepted at both The New School and University of Arkansas. New School offer is unofficial--I emailed them to inquire about my status because I got the offer at Arkansas, so if you're still waiting on New School, don't freak out! New School is: awesome because it's in NYC. Also very expensive because it's in NYC. About 75,000 in loans (probably) and that's if I find a way to make money and pay for my living expenses by working a whole bunch in the summer. Are the connections and network of NYC worth that money? I'm not sure...I love Lucy Thurber though. I also grew up in a rural area under similar circumstances as Lucy and I feel like having a mentor that understands that could be really life changing Arkansas: No tuition, plus living stipend. More freedom to do what I want (I also write non-fiction). I'd graduate without any loans, might even be able to pay down a bit of my existing $10,000 of undergrad loans while I'm there. I also love the program head there (John Walch). But it's in Arkansas. And I worry about not making those NYC connects that will help me get productions in the future. I would have to hustle those connections on my own by making trips back and forth to NYC. Sounds doable but also not as efficient as going to New School. oh god what do I doooooooo. How do other people feel about taking out loans?
  9. 4 points

    DrPH Applicants Fall 2019

    I didn't find you to be pessimistic or insensitive and totally got the (nervous) "Haha" in your previous post. I wanted to touch on this theme of optimism and hope and it being such a prized thing in public health. I'm in my 10th year post-MPH (I've been meaning to apply every year since like 2012). I've been working in a SBCC (social and behaviour change communication) job I adore (and also have dreaded leaving, adding to my procrastinating about applying since 2012.). All this to say, maybe it's just me, I find the real world public health space a lot more cynical and pessimistic than the one that exists in Schools of Public Health (caveat I'm not American and work outside of America- maybe things are different if you have strong health systems, but I don't assume so). I find it often feels very 1 step forward, (being extremely generous) half a step back and that the MPH as a practical degree doesn't prepare you for the harsher realities (especially in social and behavioural areas) of what working in public health really is like especially as you grow in responsibility and get into the leadership and holistic management-y parts of it. I think optimism and hope are good and essential to finding fulfillment in your work, but I don't think they're to me the most important thing I'm looking for in a program or the markers of success- especially a practical program. I got a lot of hope and optimism and inspiration in my MPH. In a public health leadership degree like a DrPH, I'm looking for faculty with experience dealing with the realities of implementation and human centered research practices that aren't just for research sake but actually aim to develop resilience and improve the communities where they are carried out. That's why I applied to Hopkins- for those things. Because the struggle in the actual public health practice world is real and leadership within it is not easy and the problems are complex and don't always color within the lines that SPHs set. And if what you're bringing to the ring to face those challenges as a leader is optimism and hope, it's easy to get crushed. I've rarely met people involved in public health practice who don't have a healthy dash of cynicism and side eye to spare, they just counter it with resilience and creative problem-solving and a can-do/must do attitude, and hopefully hope and optimism. Then again, take me with a pinch of salt. I'm still only waitlisted and already focused on Application Cycle 2020. It is entirely possible I was missing a dash of optimism and hope.
  10. 4 points

    2019 Canadian SLP Thread

    Just received my call from McGill. Good luck everyone!
  11. 4 points
    First time posting, hoping to commiserate. I unfortunately went 0/8 this application cycle. Based on my discussions with adcomm members/DGSs, a vague transcript from my previous PhD program was fatal. I attended the program for a year, achieved candidacy, but withdrew to care for a family member (father with PDS/Alzheimer's). My previous program had stringent residency requirements and proffered an ultimatum at the conclusion of my two semester sabbatical: return to the city - or within 50km - or have funding withdrawn. I chose the latter. Unfortunately, and at the counsel of my letter writers, I forewent including this information in my SOP. Absent this context - and though my CV made clear my attendance period - many programs read my transcript as indicating I was just now withdrawing from a program I'd attended for four years. Justifiably, they were reticent to admit despite my otherwise favourable profile (4.0 GPA, several publications, many conferences, and a 170/168/6.0 GRE breakdown). Dejected is a word to describe my current mood; soul-crushing annihilation is another! (Mostly kidding.) I'm not entirely sure why I made this post, to be honest. I think vocalizing the failure to a group of people who understand mitigates the sting - and perhaps prepares me for the embarrassing work of alerting all the "You'll get in everywhere!" people in my life as to my rejections. To all the admits: congratulations! I hope to join you all next year. To the rejections: read like you're being paid to, publish like it's your job, and kick next year's ass.
  12. 3 points
    It's true. You definitely read that right. Top-rated schools are fabulous, competitive, and honestly overrated. I am not trying to bash them, I'm here to say why its OKAY to go to a small, underrated graduate program. We are all learning the same material. We are all completing clinic hours. Your performance in school will not make you a good working SLP. What I mean by that is, you can not learn compassion through a test. You can not learn interpersonal skill through a test. You can not learn what makes an amazing SLP through tests. Yes, the information is important. The way you apply that information means even more. What matters the most, is being able to give the clients, families, and loved ones the support needed from you. That is not learned through textbook material. Top-rated schools are harsh. The testing is difficult, its rigorous, but at the end of the day, we all have to meet ASHA standards. We are not learning different information at different schools, yes it is applied differently. I can honestly say I feel prepared for my internship/internship experiences because I am equipped with what I need to know. Some of the best schools that create the best SLP's are from smaller - underrated - schools that care about their graduate students, and do not only focus on research and being a "top-rated" school. They pour information into us. They make sure we understand, they teach us their ways. I have so many wonderful professors, and I love my program and the experience I am receiving. Yes I will admit, I do not go to a top-rated school, I am completely happy where I am. I am LEARNING through professionals active in ASHA and the SLP community. One of my professors is on an ASHA board and has a ton of useful connections. My dysphagia and aphasia professor still works as an SLP at the local hospital and as a PRN SLP - her medical kits are AMAZING. Most of my professors are working SLP's because they love their jobs. What I am saying here is: Don't discourage yourself if you think you can not handle a top-tier school. It's OKAY! You will be an SLP! My smaller school allows me to work a Graduate Assistant job to avoid so many student loans. My graduate degree will cost me less than $15,000. I am not worried about finding a job that I want. I am confident in my education, and you should be too, NO MATTER where you go. WE ROCK! Underrated programs and top-rated programs ROCK! SLP's ROCK! We change lives. We are AMAZING no matter what school we go to. BE confident in your abilities! You chose this career for a reason!
  13. 3 points

    2019 MDiv MTS MA Applications

    I wanted some time to absorb the news yesterday on my own before I wrote on the forum. By God's grace, I have been accepted to HDS MTS program in Islamic Studies. A bit odd how I found out. I received HDS notification at 9am yesterday and decided to wait until after work to open it so I didn't have to remain stone cold face while at my desk. I either wanted to openly cry from getting in or not getting in. 2 hours later, I received an email from HDS financial aid offer. At that point, I knew I got in. I have been out of school for a few years and was on the path to law school. I decided to take a detour and study the intersection between law and religion first. I had applied last year to HDS but got a rejection and cried tears of fire. I will never forget that moment. I decided to reapply this year with much more intention. I called HDS to ask how a re-applicant should approach the application for a second time. I retook the GRE (studied for 3 weeks) and scored higher (although my overall score was not very high at all). My GPA is subpar too. I had a very straightforward, concise, and direct SOP. In my SOP, I told HDS precisely what I wanted to explore backed up by a very simple clear narrative of what led me here to this exact moment in time. After fully submitting my app, I traveled from CA to Boston mid-February to tour the school and meet a current student at HDS (hoping they would see my extreme interest in the school). Dreams do come true. Never thought I would be writing this post. I had below average GPA (I was lost in college, didnt know what I wanted to do), below average GRE scores and a decent SOP. I have 6 months of language training in Arabic. I received full tuition and 8k/year stipend. Thanks ya'll for sharing your input on this forum! It helped immensely! ❤️
  14. 3 points

    Ford 2019

    I called the admissions office a few minutes ago and they said decisions are being released “by end of week” so I think Friday, 3/15 we will know. It seems they are following the same timeline as the MBA and other graduate programs on campus.
  15. 3 points

    2019 Canadian SLP Thread

    Just received a call from McGill as well; my application still says 'in review', however. They did say it should change to 'application recommended', so I guess it may take a while for the change to show on UApply.
  16. 3 points
    My decision was just posted online!!! I got in!!!!!!!
  17. 3 points

    DrPH Applicants Fall 2019

    I TOTALLY agree with this entire post! Within my MPH program we were taught the same thing, extreme optimism -- we will change the world, BUT no one taught me about the red tape, politics, and how incredibly disheartening our field can be! Especially if you are working with marginalized communities and you want to see them have access to the same things other communities have, just to hear a big fat "thank you for your input, but no." To even further drive home your point, DrPH degrees with a focus in leadership is rather new; therefore, we have people within in Leadership positions across the world that do not have a background in Public Health and do not fully understand the need for it to create evidence based prevention techniques, resiliency and social justice. We can never lose hope, but a dash of cynicism helps deal with the hurdles we have to jump every single day. Also, thank you for understand my nervous "haha" because that's exactly what it was -- a nervous chuckle.
  18. 3 points
    Officially accepted the offer from UMiami (CWB). Would love to connect with anyone else planning to begin there in the Fall.
  19. 3 points

    Turned Down Offers Thread

    Just sent off emails to decline funded PhD offers at Purdue and Loyola University Chicago. Hope this helps! Especially you, @kendalldinniene!
  20. 3 points
    Hi, yes, I did not apply to JHSPH -- I am thoroughly happy for everyone who did! I am a very optimistic and hopeful person, which is why I took several years between my MPH and DrPH to work in the field. I am stressed within myself to leave a position I love and I can see change happening every single day. I also sent my congratulations to all of the JHSPH hopefuls! I am happy for them. Outside of that, many of us (myself included) are still in the waiting game. We are allowed to be stressed. I do appreciate your take, however, as I am not trying to be insensitive. The whole point behind my user is everything can be read as sarcasm because we don't know personally know each other -- even if we are fueled by coffee and personality. I am not trying to get into anything with anyone on this thread, especially since we have been encouraging each other for months now.
  21. 3 points

    2019 MDiv MTS MA Applications

    I am beside myself with the news that my application was not accepted by HDS. I must have really messed up, but not sure where. An HDS professor has been a mentor of mine and wrote me a recommendation. I had a small group of folks, including current and recent HDS students look over my application materials, and I visited campus, sat in on classes, and had a good conversation with admissions. I left a career three years ago to pursue the work of arts and social change, discovering the deeply important role of religious literacy and reconnecting with my own spiritual path along the way. I have been doing community work towards my academic and career goals for the past three years. I also completed a graduate certificate in Social Justice online via Harvard’s Extension School in pursuit of these goals. (Not many other social justice options in my particular area in the South.) I certainly don’t believe I deserve anything, no. I guess I just thought I may have perhaps had a little bit of the tiniest advantage with a faculty member’s ardent support, strong writing in my essays, and all the grassroots organizing and project development I've led the past few years. I am feeling a bit lost right now. It sucks to be told you aren’t good enough by a people and place you respect very much. I truly felt I could wholly express myself and my ideas there, and perhaps within that lies my challenge... to start anew someplace unfamiliar and challenge myself to find my own way without the comfort of knowing faculty or community memebers. I did get into Union with some money, though not 100% funding. That is the only other school to which I applied, and between the two Union is where I felt more at home. Of course I will still need time to process the rejection. I share all of this for those out there who did not get the best of news this week in the hopes that it resonates with others navigating despondence and confusion. Tomorrow will be a new day... in close, a HUGE congrats to all y’all who received acceptances and funding this week!!! What an exciting time! I truly wish the best for you!! Silver lining for me is that I suppose I don’t have to sweat over which path to pick. Ha. Congrats everyone!
  22. 3 points

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I wouldn't recommend anyone, unless you're rich or have external funding, to pursue an unfunded MA program... Especially if there are some amazing fully-funded MA programs available out there. If your ultimate goal is to pursue a PhD, take a year off, read, improve your application materials, take graduate-level courses at a nearby institution, work on your language skills... There are so many people I know that benefit from such a decision, and are accepted to fully funded PhDs next season. Given the precarious job situation, we shouldn't fall into years debt for a graduate program in the humanities.
  23. 3 points

    Canada MSW 2019

    Come onnnn York....
  24. 3 points
    School: University of Tennessee Concentration: Cognitive and Developmental Science (Experimental Psychology) Type: PhD Date of Acceptance: 3/12/2019 Notified By: Email from Admissions Very Excited! Will be accepting:)
  25. 2 points

    Tips on Negotiating Offers

    Does anyone have any tips or tricks on how to best approach negotiating offers between programs? What has worked for you? Do you reference funding recieved by other schools and use that as a primary lever? I'm new to this so any advice would be helpful!
  26. 2 points
    why in the heck do these schools not send out all of the emails on one day?!?! Like they know we all check things or know other people who applied. I think that's my biggest issue with this process. LET US KNOW!
  27. 2 points
    I agree with the above post - the original poster doesn't seem to be hating on top-rated programs, rather saying that it's okay to go to programs that are less well-known or popular. And I think that's a really important idea to spread! Of course you should be proud of yourself regardless of where you get in, no matter where it is or how highly-ranked it is, and it's alright if you don't go to the most competitive, expensive, famous programs. As long as your program is accredited (or on track for accreditation) you'll get your CCC's, and know what you need to know to do your job. I think regardless of major, it can be easy for us to gravitate towards schools that are high-rated and often-mentioned, but as has been said, all programs have their pros and cons and it's less about what program is "the best" vs. what program is the best for you. That's not a bad message to be sharing at all!
  28. 2 points

    WWS Fall 2019

    Just got an emailing informing me I'd been admitted!! The email said official announcements along with financial aid info will go out tomorrow 😃
  29. 2 points

    2019 MPH CANADA

    I was accepted today too! I received the email first and saw the update in the portal! This was the only school I applied to so I am * SCREAMING*
  30. 2 points
    There are certainly pros and cons to every program--it sounds to me like @speechie1122 wasn't denigrating top-ranked schools but reminding people that perhaps other programs are under-rated, and people who go there shouldn't be ashamed or feel like they're less qualified in any way. I do have something to point out, though, about the argument that research professors may be too busy and clinical professors provide more time. In my experience, I've found this to be sort of the opposite. My school is fairly highly-ranked (top 17%). The school is officially a Tier-2 for research, but there are several prominent researchers in our department. I've found that if the professors are doing research, they may actually hang around in the building and may be more available to talk to if needed. On the other hand, one of our professors is great but incredibly hard to schedule a meeting with because in addition to teaching multiple classes she is involved with specialty voice/craniofacial teams and is absurdly busy. Another professor was a wonderful teacher, but she only teaches one grad class because she sees clients, so we got one great experience with her and that's it. Also, it really is fantastic hearing someone heavily involved in research get to passionately describe their area of interest. One professor admitted to not being good at the clinical side and never got her Cs, instead going back for the Ph.D. She therefore could not give us much practical advice for dealing with clients, but I loved her class because she gave her unique insights into her area of expertise (and very entertainingly bashed practices she didn't agree with. No one in our class will ever think of brain training the same way again!) Sorry, I don't mean to make anyone's decisions harder, I just wanted to share that just because someone is involved in research doesn't make them a disengaged, absent, not-practical teacher! Learning and working with them can be a really wonderful experience. It's not a necessary step to being a good SLP, but it's certainly enlightening.
  31. 2 points
    My biggest goals in life, aside from being an SLP 1) be a university professor/lecturer 2) achieve higher positions within the SLP world 3) be part of an admissions committee ill answer all questions when number 3 happens
  32. 2 points
    Don't call attention to it. I wouldn't do anything
  33. 2 points
    Rejected from OISE CCP today. *Pikachu surprised face*
  34. 2 points

    2019 Visit Days/Decisions

    It's not just $2000 when you compare cost of living in New Haven vs. Cambridge! But I had been told the Harvard package was up to $35,000... strange. If you do ask, just be diplomatic. You have some concerns about living in such an expensive real estate market and Yale's offer would seem to create less stress on a personal level, and is there any way for Harvard to assist with this?
  35. 2 points

    2019 Applicants

    I felt that way about Irvine and just emailed them— I ended up being on a waitlist. Some schools have “hidden” waitlists so it might be worth reaching out to see if decisions have been released yet at this point.
  36. 2 points
    Appeal. Get on the phone with people (never underestimate the power of verbal, non-digital conversation) and appeal the decision and see if they will at least consider you for conditional admission. Most graduate schools have conditional admission programs. It may slow you down a year or semester, but at least you'll get into your 1st-pick program.
  37. 2 points
    Thank you! This is great to hear. I actually spoke with someone in the program at the “lesser” of my options and he assured me that graduates of the MA haven’t been hurt getting into reputable, strong phd programs. And he did say because of the small size, if you work hard and make your intentions known there is ample opportunity to publish and for conferences etc. So my concerns about the lack of perceived prestige have been eased quite a bit.
  38. 2 points

    UCSD GPS 2019

    CONGRATS! That's such an amazing achievement I wish I could get the same email soon too. Is any of you guys an international applicant by any chance? Did your letter mention what award/fellowship/scholarship it is? When did you apply and hear back from them about the admission result? I'm sorry to ask so many questions all at once lol. My application was originally submitted for the Ph.D. program in political science, and the graduate coordinator suggested I transfer it to GPS for the MIA program. I received an email from GPS that I was nominated for admission, but after that, I didn't hear anything back yet. This makes me so nervous.....
  39. 2 points


    Just withdrew from Berkeley's waitlist. It's an amazing program, but I felt like I had to just weigh all the considerations I could and make a decision rather than dragging things out any further. Hope it helps someone. Edit: Sorry, I realized this is in the wrong thread!
  40. 2 points
    I admit I just scanned your post but the title caught my eye (before I even realized you were in anthropology). I came to say that I got accepted to two PhD programs with a master's from a no-name tiny school, a master's that isn't even in anthropology (granted it's in an emerging niche of anthropology that falls under the umbrella and is highly specific to my research interest). I was a little concerned about a lack of prestige, but ultimately it didn't keep me from acceptances to R1 programs, with funding. What mattered (I assume) is that I wrote some good papers and honed my interest through my master's, proving myself a strong PhD candidate.
  41. 2 points

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Is anyone else beyond pissed after hearing the news today about the admissions scandal? As if the higher ed deck isn’t stacked against the middle class and working poor enough! I can’t imagine the opportunities I would have had had I not had to work ft through school, let alone if I had rich parents. 😡
  42. 2 points

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    I got accepted to VCU for Photo + Film on Monday. Also got got an interview request for San Fran State for Cinema (was told I’m a finalist, but before they can issue an acceptance letter, an interview is required). Still waiting on Syracuse University for Art Video. Buttttt I visited RISD today and might just accept their offer!!!!!
  43. 2 points

    HGSE 2019

    I got a call from the HGSE Financial Aid office. I won a Leadership in Education Award (I'm a Teach For America alum). It amounts to almost half of tuition, so I'm going to accept my offer and pay the deposit fee tonight. I'm going to Harvard!
  44. 2 points
    Headed to the University of Guelph's Child & Adolescent Clinical Psych program So excited to get started!
  45. 2 points
    I was at work (a residential treatment center for at-risk and adjudicated youth) and had to contain my excitement! It may have been plan B, but I'm going to grad school guys!
  46. 2 points
    just got accepted by the top choice from the waitlist!! plan to accept! don't lose hope guys!!!
  47. 2 points
    don't forget also that among their notable alumni is Richard Spencer 😒
  48. 2 points
    Stat PhD Now Postdoc

    Summer before starting

    Yes. 1) The first two years, focus on coursework but don't obsess too much about grades. Focus on learning and making sure that you know the material well enough to pass your qualifying exams. That's really all that matters -- that you pass the qualifying exams. Whereas many undergrads are distressed by an A-/B+ vs. an A, this is really not the point of PhD education. I got two B's in my PhD program and not one of the postdoc positions I interviewed for asked about grades. They were only interested in my research. 2) Once you are mostly done with coursework (you may have a couple of electives still to take in your third and/or fourth year), you need to make the transition from "student" to "researcher." This is the roughest adjustment period for most students because there is no real structure like courses and exams, but you just have to be persistent. If you don't work well with lack of structure, then you should try to "force" yourself to spend [x] amount of time on research weekly (allowing for mental breaks and time off if you really need it). You will likely understand zilch of the papers you are reading at first, but just be diligent, ask questions, re-read several times until things "gradually" start to sink in, and know that it gets *much* easier to read dense, heavily technical papers with more experience. Also, learn to be okay with failure and rejection (many inexperienced grad students will have their first paper(s) rejected by journals). Know that it is okay to fail and to be rejected at this stage (most research is "hand-waviness" and trial and error until something works), as long as you take it as a learning experience and seek to improve yourself.
  49. 2 points
    I just formally accepted my offer from Berkeley for their School Psychology PhD program- super excited!
  50. 2 points

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