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    Moving to NYC to attend Fordham University's Clinical Psychology PhD program!! I am very excited!!
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    School: Fordham University Concentration: Clinical Psychology (neuropsychology specialization) Type: PhD Date of acceptance: 3/21/2019 Notified by: POI emailed me, 20 minutes later DCT emailed me, a few hours later received the notification that the official offer letter was available in the application portal. Very excited as this was the second time I interviewed at Fordham. I am accepting the offer!
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    grlldchz

    Playwriting MFAs

    Got an offer from Columbia today! Super excited but also very anxious to find out about financial aid 😬 I can deal with a little bit of soul-crushing debt, but there is a limit to how much I’m willing to permanently sabotage my financial health at 23 (even for Lynn Nottage). Hunter’s the only program I’ve yet to hear from so I gave them a call to see what’s up. They’re hoping to make offers “in early April” so there’s at least another week or two of waiting ahead. Not sure who’s reading the applications if they haven’t found a new Director yet?
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    Katie B

    Deciding where to apply??

    Honestly, what @PsyDGrad90 said nails down a lot of it! I would also consider making a list of what qualities are most important to you in a program and then you can use that list as a comparative tool when you're researching a particular program. Additionally, location and funding were two important factors to me when I was compiling my list of programs to apply to so be sure to keep those in mind if they're important to you as well! Don't forget to account for cost of living, practicum opportunities, things to do, and safety when you're looking at location. You may not live there forever, but 5-6 years is a significant portion of your life to be miserable in a place. Lastly, I would recommend checking out the website of the APA division of your research interest. Many of them have links to programs or professors doing research/ having specializations in your area of interest. So if you know you're interested in pediatric psych like my friend, check out Division 54's site, I know that they have a list of programs specializing in pediatric psych!
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    First, try to arrange a visit to School B. Hating something in high school is so different than looking at a program now as an adult. Visit and then see if that helps to make your choice easier. If you still hate it, then there's your answer. Also, I'm confused how the research-oriented project is not a dissertation, but the practice-oriented one is. A dissertation is traditionally a research-oriented document. Granted I don't know much about school psych, but several school psych people in my area are in the same practicums as clinical psych folks.
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    slpfinally

    2019 Canadian SLP Thread

    Totally from reading previous forums and talking with friends who applied in the past, it seems that Western is 12am on the dot, McMaster is a few hours later, and U of T can range from 12am on the dot to 11:59pm. Again, pretty anecdotal! Not sure about uOttawa.
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    Westpolicy

    Decision time: share your dilemma

    Mg522 I would recommend working for a few years and applying again to possibly get more funding. Many of the programs say on their website the number of years they recommend having before you apply. This will also help you with the job market because you will have experience and not just internships under your belt and that says just as much about your ability as a graduate degree. Many of the job data these schools have will probably be for students with at least a few (or more) years of work experience. Working will also give you another network when you leave graduate school which is also important. The policy and non-profit job market can be tricky and doesn’t pay the greatest especially not for entry level. I recommend taking out the least amount of loans as possible. Really think about what you want to concentrate on and then start applying for jobs in that area. If you have a goal and you demonstrate that through your work experience that is important too. I know working for a few years seems long, but it really isn’t and it may help secure more funding, get into better programs, and better jobs after graduation. Good luck!
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    Janak Harish Kumar

    2019 MPH CANADA

    Hello there, I am an international student (dentist from India) I applied to a few universities. I got offer from Western and I accepted it. Is there anyone else who has received acceptance for MPH from Western University for Fall 2019 admissions?
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    dejosco

    NIH PREP 2019-2020 Applicants unite

    It sounds like you could greatly benefit from taking some time to gain a greater understanding of what exactly it is you want out of a career and what exactly it is you could see yourself doing with an advanced degree, whether that be a PhD, MD-PhD, or MD. You make "this information" more understandable to the public by publishing. Doing research isn't about just fiddling about in a lab doing experiments--it's about expanding the frontier of human knowledge. If you play your cards right, you will also be able to share this information outside of the context of scientific journals (e.g., review articles, Popular Science articles, TED Talks, etc.) that will allow for this information to be shared in a way that is more understandable to people that lack the technical knowledge we as life scientists have. All research, even basic science, is done with hope it will someday have an impact. If you are interested in research that is more translationally focused, it would probably be advantageous for you to look into public health graduate programs or translational research programs. Additionally, bear in mind that having an MD does not preclude you from doing research. Luckily, there is a place in research for people with a vast array of interests!
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    Amy Sid

    2019 Canadian SLP Thread

    It's not a stupid question at all! I'm not sure about other programs but in Ontario our GPAs are converted to a 4.0 scale when you apply, regardless of which scale you used at your undergraduate university. Hope that helps 😊
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    NJChicago

    MFA Directing 2019- Let's Connect

    I got in and will be attending in the fall! Happy to talk through the whole process with those who are interested, but the short version is this: I applied December 1 deadline. Invited to interview in late December (they asked you to prep a "dream project" and come prepared to pitch it --- but that was new this year) Interviewed in Chicago mid-January -- I got to drive this interview, which was great. I first showed Yura examples of my work and talked about my process through them. He asked thoughtful questions, some which were general ("Why Yale when you're already making work?") some which were provocative ("How did actors of color respond to playing white men in your production?" and further explorations of that question). I pitched my 'dream project' and it got torn apart. I asked a lot of questions that I thought would help me improve for next year. Yura said I wouldn't hear anything either way until early February. I stumbled out after 2 hours, when the interview was supposed to last 45 minutes (this is unusual -- not a positive or negative sign either way). Received callback invite in early February via phone. A week later, they provided me with travel information and the 4 scenes to I choose from. Arrived in New Haven in late February. Was there for about 24 hours total. They were very generous -- the hotel we were put up in was great and they got me and one other callback a car from the Hartford airport. Met a bunch of other directors that night. The next morning, I woke up, went to the callback, introduced myself to the two actors downstairs and went upstairs to direct. The directing itself was fine (don't remember most of it) and then they grilled me on my choices for about 45 minutes to an hour. Not sure I have any advice to offer except the obvious: they want to see who you are, and the most successful moments of my experience were when I was behaving authentically and eager to engage in a conversation about my work. Happy applying to all of you, this year and next -- and I am happy to help in any way! Lurking here made me feel less alone -- so I'm happy to give back!
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    I just declined my spot at Georgetown, and removed myself from all of the waitlists that I'm on: UO, Emory, and Northwestern. AOI: philosophy of race, critical theory, 20th c. continental, political philosophy
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    Hey Everyone! My name is Jake, and I was referred to this forum by a colleague of mine. I'm a Master's Candidate in Sport and Exercise Psychology at California State University Long Beach. I recently started up a YouTube channel called "Championship Cognition" to provide athletes with mental skills to dominate in sport. Being that sport psychology is a branch of psychology, I was wondering if you all could check out my channel and let me know if there are ways to alter my content for better instruction. My passion is to help others, so I want to be sure to do so. I appreciate any and all feedback! I provided a link to the channel below: Championship Cognition YouTube Link
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    I don't want to be too negative since my experience last year doesn't mean it happens this year but UGA is very highly regarded so it's tough to see a lot of applicants turning down those spots (especially since you are not on the shortlist). I think the general waitlist for top program is more like break glass if an emergency situation where the programs have more people than they figure to turn down their offers and have to go deeper into their applicant pool. I believe this was my spot with USF this year where they have not rejected me but since they have not contacted me it feels like they don't really want me unless it's a desperate spot. Sorry for being such a downer and best of luck!
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    I have super niche interests, but one of the people I interviewed with for a grad program gave me the following advice: I don't need to be in a lab that exactly matches my interests at this point in my career. Just apply for a similar skill set as you'll use on the PhD. So you want to use fMRI to study XYZ in grad school...apply to all the labs that use fMRI even if they're not for XYZ. Obviously I want to work in labs that study XYZ, but since there's like 2 of them, this is how I have to apply.
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    I got just done with my classes that day and was walking with my classmates towards the bus stop to get home. We chatted about the status of my grad school apps and I told them that I am still waiting to get rejected from one of my top schools (I misspelled the name of that school in my sop, so I was 100% sure I would get rejected...in my defense, I thought it was spelled that way for at least the last 6 years). When I got to the bus stop, however, I saw an email from that school asking me to log into the portal to see the decision! I prepared myself emotionally to get a rejection, but to my huge surprise, it was an acceptance letter!!!
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    Thanks for your advice Bayesian 🙂 After visiting UIUC I think I'm pretty sure I won't be headed to OSU... I really enjoyed the visit and definitely like I'd fit better in Illinois. Now to visit the other two in the next few weeks!
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    I'm in a similar boat. One of the two acceptances I have so far has nominated me for a nice fellowship with restrictions on outside work. My dilemma is that I went through a divorce about two years ago from which I basically took nothing. I was lucky enough to get a job since that included fully furnished housing and meals, but now, at 46, I find myself about to relocate to a graduate program with nothing but books, clothes, two cats and my car. However, with still paying off debt from my marriage and being well past the point where I would ask family for help, I don't have a pool of resources outside of myself to lean on. That being said, getting into this program is my dream after the first half of my life where I already raised a family and had a mortgage. I'm fully prepared to spend the money on myself to achieve a goal that may not be possible otherwise. Although I know the adage is don't go to grad school if you have to pay for it, I've already decided to take advantage of some of my loan availability at least the first semester/year in order to help cover some expenses if I need to. I think it's just subjective on whether or not it can or should be justified. I'm fully aware of what it means to take on some loans and am prepared to deal with that decision when all is said and done. HTH
  19. 1 point
    dejosco

    NIH PREP 2019-2020 Applicants unite

    Unless you have some extenuating circumstance, I would just let the more personal part of your statement explain why exactly a PREP program would benefit you. I didn't have enough research experience, so I just made sure to explain that in the first paragraph of my essay.
  20. 1 point
    I just came home from tutoring some freshers and laid down on my bed in anticipation for a lazy evening, when it occurred to me that I haven't checked the application portal for a whole day (unbelievable, I know!). Opening it, I saw that my application status changed; immediately, I got so nervous I couldn't even read the update in full, but I saw the word "approved" somewhere buried in the text. I got even more excited, called my mum to tell her about it, grabbed a beer to calm me down and teared up a little after hanging up...I'm not usually very emotional, but realizing that all the years of hard work and anxiety about my future were not in vain, that soon I was going to live in another country to attend my dream program, were a bit overwhelming at the moment. And it stills feels a bit unreal, I have to say.
  21. 1 point
    Same here. I think they mean biomedical/biological sciences. If you check this website https://grenotrequired.com/stem/ you'll see that many engineering programs still require the GRE.
  22. 1 point
    I'm in the same boat! I haven't started my program yet, but I'll be beginning this fall, and I've been petless since moving out of my parent's house 7 years ago. I love cats, and my childhood cats are still living with my parents, but it would be cruel to split them up and move them to a much smaller place, so this will be my first time as a pet-owner myself. I also don't want kittens but an adult cat, since they're a bit more mellow and can be more independent. My concern is not with time, but with money. Monthly costs and annual vet bills are not too prohibitive, but I don't want to get my own cat now because if it falls seriously ill, I would be put through a lot of financial strain to afford vet costs. When I was 19, one of my cats suddenly became very ill, enough to warrant an emergency vet visit at 11pm on a Saturday night, and my parents didn't have the money to pay for treatment or even diagnostic procedures, so I ended up getting a CareCredit card for vet bills. This worked well, but the cost was high (almost a grand) for my guy and was creeping higher. Ultimately he had a very serious disease and didn't even make it to surgery. The vet at that point was not too optimistic it would have helped anyway. We were able to pay off the card within a year to avoid interest payments, but I'm not sure that's something I could do during grad school. Of course, I would do anything possible for a cat of mine that falls ill. Maybe a grand doesn't seem like a lot in bills for a cat, but it was for us, and I told myself that if I can't plan for a reasonable amount of unexpected vet costs (which to me would be at least a grand), I wouldn't get a cat of my own. I have many friends as well who have just not gotten care for their pets because of the expense, and I don't want to do that to an animal. So, I have decided not to adopt because of this. It's not something I expect everyone to adhere too, but it's something I would think about. However, like rising_star said, consider fostering! I actually applied to a local shelter and was accepted to foster! They're very excited to have me, because I want to foster older cats, and there's never too many foster "parents." I should be fostering senior cats that are having trouble finding homes because of their age (12-14+years old). Fostering is a great opportunity, because you're not responsible for vet costs, and you might not be responsible for food/litter. The center I'm going through will pay for food and litter costs, but ones I had considered in my current city only covered vet bills and asked fosters to pay for food/litter. Even if you think your apartment is small too, it's still much bigger than the cages they're housed in. All you need to do is provide a safe environment and socialize with the cat daily. I've seen at least an hour a day recommended, which I don't think is a problem. You may also need to transport the cat to adoption events. If you're nervous because of either the time/money of cat ownership, it could be a good start. If you end up falling in love with the cat you're fostering, you usually have first preference to adopt it as well. I'm in the same field as you, and between class and clinic, I'm planning on being out of the house for at least 10-12 hours a day. This is a lot of time for a cat to be alone, but older cats can be fine with it. If you adopt, the centers usually list bios, and you can see if there's a cat's bio that matches your lifestyle. And think of it this way too: cats sleep, a lot. But if you're really concerned about the cat being lonely, consider adopting an adult, bonded pair. They're typically harder to adopt out, because most adopters are not looking for two cats. I actually almost just adopted a bonded pair I came across recently, but knew my situation wasn't right for them right now (moving three times in a month, finances), so I didn't go for it. I think living alone with two cats is fine, if the cats get along; they'll keep each other company when you're gone. It's not crazy at all. So short answer: yes, you can do it! It's not crazy, but I would look into fostering, and make sure you consider the financial costs (expected and unexpected) if you adopt a cat. I've lived alone for six years, and I'm excited to have a cat to keep me company in my apartment.
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    telkanuru

    Where Do I Begin?

    As a wise king once said to a habitually-late rabbit, "Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop." In other words: read until you don't understand something. Then read until you figure out what that means. Repeat this process until you find something you don't understand and no one can tell you what it means.
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    Since I don't have any in-state post-bacc programs, I chose to pursue just the leveling courses, aka, pre-requisites. I have ended up with more debt than I thought, simply because I didn't know where to start looking to take the pre-req courses for the least amount of money, and I stumbled into SLP late last spring, too late for the one in-state option I could have done- by the time I contacted the program to see if I could get into the classes, they had 140 on the waiting list so I had to look out of state. I was not on on these forums at the time and had to navigate it on my own, so I found Longwood U in Virginia, and each course with them out of state has been about 1900. Totally more than I wanted to spend, but I didn't know about many other options that would have been cheaper. You are in the right place! Here is what I have found that might help: Utah State. You can do the second bacc program, or you can apply as a non-degree student (free app) and just take the leveling classes required by the places you want to apply. Most programs have the list of pre-reqs they want, so it might be cheaper. It is around 800 a class, not too bad! Plus, it seems that most of the classes in the post-bacc program are available every semester, and I think you can take up to 5 at one time, which is awesome. You WILL need observation hours, even as an out-of-field student, some will make them up in the fall upon enrolling or in the summer prior, but most require them to be completed prior to enrolling in the fall. Some require observation hrs for course credit. USU is the only school I have found that offers obs hours for credit via the online method. I am lucky in that my program this fall requires the hours but they don't have to be for credit, so I can save the extra 5-600 that the credit would cost. It looks Ike exams have to be proctored. University of Alaska at Anchorage. They offer the specific pre-reqs that ECU requires, and these are similar to most other schools. Around 800 per course. Apply as a non-degree student (free app), and check the course sequence schedule, because not all classes are offered every semester. Vermont. Online program as well. They don't have all of the pre-reqs on the list for places I applied, but their program is one to consider. Longwood. Love the classes I have been taking, if you can swing the cost of out of state tuition. It is in Virginia. There are ways to get in state tuition but I cannot. Exams are usually on your honor, and some are even open book because the material is so extensive and the content being tested is vast. I have enjoyed my profs thus far, too. I mostly functions through blackboard, but it is totally self-driven learning. That freedom can be very good for some people. After three semesters, I am tiring of having to motivate myself with courses that don't have work due every day but with big assignments and tests, but that also has been great since I work full-time. The assignments we do cover a lot of material and content, so I do feel like I am learning what I need to know. I wouldn't suggest more than 2 courses per semester if you are also working full time. I would suggest making a spreadsheet of all of the schools you are interested in applying, what pre-reqs they require, and then apply to the programs that are the most affordable as far as the number of courses you take before, as well as the programs that you are willing to take what they require because you like them so much. I found that some programs do seem to focus more on school vs. medical, but you will get a well-rounded education in all programs. Look at faculty research interests, grant funding for research projects, how many semesters the program is, and the set up of your clinical hours. Some programs spread out the clinicals with the courses and you dive into clinicals right away. Others give you a semester to get settled in your coursework, then start on clinical rotation. The program where I am going this Fall. ECU, the entire last semester is the full-time internship with no other classes (except for the thesis option I am taking). Each program has similar course sequencing, but the load of the courses versus your internship might change your mind on the program. Some people coming from their undergrad in CSD might be totally ready to jump into a part-time internship the first semester, and I would not be. If you want the thesis option that most programs offer (some might require), check to see if there are profs that do what you think you are interested in writing about and researching. I have a list of about five topics right now simply because I wanted to start somewhere but I know the first semester of study will help me narrow that down). Some programs require comps (comprehensive exams) at the end. Some will let your passing the Praxis replace the comp requirement. Another thing to consider, if you are interested in not having the comp during your last semester. As you research, you will find several schools that may be more geared towards out of field students, in that their list of pre-reqs is not as long. Some programs want that heavy CSD background from an undergraduate degree so their list of pre-reqs is extensive. Some programs are three years for out of field students, so you don't take ANY before you apply, while others make you start the summer prior so you enter with the other in field students in the fall right on the same pace. Do look at the cost of the program. GAships might be available to help with cost at some universities, but how commonly are they awarded to SLP students is something to ask about. If you know you don't want the expensive program cost, take that into consideration when you choose where to apply. No sense in wasting an app fee if you wouldn't go if you got in, just my $0.02. It would be difficult for me to give you a list of schools to consider, but the places I applied are all in my signature below. Depending on your geographic preferences, you may want to look into them. Feel free to ask questions about any program in particular! Just in case no one else says this- make sure you only apply to ASHA certified programs. You can find out what programs are certified, what areas of research they have, etc, on ASHA.org and look for EdFind. You can search by state, online, offering a PhD, etc... Have fun, and good luck! Come back with questions! I wish I had found the grad cafe earlier last spring when I started on this journey. Hopefully someone else can learn something from my experiences!
  25. 1 point
    Gwendolyn

    Think the GRE is useless? Think again.

    Many of the better programs in the humanities are doing away with the GRE.


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