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  1. I am officially joining the UC train again. Going to UCSC
    12 points
  2. Hi all, I wanted to start a thread to allow us all to share our thoughts and reflect on this application cycle now that it is almost over. This was my second time applying to Counseling Psychology programs, and I know that I have learned a lot about myself (and the ridiculous admissions game) through this process. To give you a bit of background, my first application cycle, I applied to 6 programs (all CounPsy) and though I had a mix of preliminary and in-person interviews for 4 of them, I was eventually rejected from all. I was devastated, and literally had mental breakdowns every
    11 points
  3. Got accepted into the U of A!!! Feels amazing
    8 points
  4. I got accepted to UAlberta as well! So excited!
    8 points
  5. Just got an acceptance to Alberta!!! I'm shaking wow!!!!
    8 points
  6. Jibster

    NSERC C/PGSD 2019-2020

    Hey everyone, as someone who went through this last year I just wanted to chime in. It seems that results were sent out mid-March for years 2017 and prior. Last year the results were sent out later on March 28. Considering that the results for the 2018 competition haven't even been made public yet (the 2017 results were made public in September of 2017), NSERC may be falling behind with this whole process. This is corroborated by the fact that some graduate departments have said that results might not be in until mid April. Just be patient. Even though I know how difficult that is when yo
    7 points
  7. It's difficult to live in the Bay without housemates for sure. You can find some decent spots in places just outside of Berkeley, like El Cerrito. I managed a bedroom in a private home for 600 a month on the north side of campus, but it was a rare situation and I didn't have kitchen or laundry access. I'd expect to pay northwards of 1k for a room to yourself or 1700+ for a studio. Depending on your standards of living (and your offer), it might be worth trying to make it work. After my weekend trip to Chicago last week, I can say that I am not at all stoked on the area surrounding campus or th
    4 points
  8. Hi! I think this is a great thread to have up and running, as I feel like we all have a few individual learning experiences that would be helpful to share for those applying next cycle. In terms of background, I think it would be important to keep in mind that I am a Canadian applicant, so although I think what I have to say is pretty transferrable for all types of applicants, it might be different for those in the US/other countries. I also didn't apply to any Counseling/PsyD programs, and only applied to PhD Clinical Psychology programs. This was my first time applying; I applied to fiv
    4 points
  9. eselp

    2019 Canadian SLP Thread

    Congrats on the U of A acceptances! If anyone has any questions about the program, I would be happy to try to answer them I am currently in my first year there. Also, if you haven't heard back yet, don't sweat!! They tend to do several waves of admissions.
    4 points
  10. km0

    NSERC C/PGSD 2019-2020

    Hey everyone, I emailed NSERC last month and was told the results would be released March 27th. Clearly, that didn't happen so I emailed again and am waiting to hear back. Let's hope it's soon! We all have decisions to make! EDIT: good news, everyone. The final decisions were approved today and will be sent out by post. Not sure what information will be updated electronically.
    3 points
  11. I don't think @ventiamericano's POIs treated her in any way that was unfavourable, assuming that is what you mean. They were still willing to encourage and support throughout the application process. There are many factors that go into the decision process and although having connections seems pivotal, it's not a contract for future opportunities with the POI. I'm from Canada as well and I can't say it is largely how the process works here. It seems to be more transparent on what specific universities/programs are looking for and sometimes the decision is made by ad comm as opposed to the POI.
    3 points
  12. I got accepted to the U of A this afternoon as well!! Congratulations to everyone who received acceptances, very excited to meet you all in August
    3 points
  13. Sorry to hear I feel your pain. Out of 10 applications I got 8 rejections, 1 vague, pseudo-waitlist, and 1 acceptance and scholarship but still not enough financial aid to do it. I've contacted them explaining that I need more financial assistance and am visiting the school this weekend during an "Admitted Students' Day", so crossing my fingers now more than ever. Best of luck to everyone! This process is a killer.
    3 points
  14. After a tough choice between UC Berkeley and VCU -- stoked to say I'll be going to VCU come August : )
    3 points
  15. I'm U Michigan bound. Never envisioned myself in the midwest, but Ann Arbor, let's go!
    2 points
  16. Trying to like this, but GradCafe says I'm out of reacts So exciting!! See you there
    2 points
  17. From what I've gathered from other posts/forums, you should be able to put down a deposit for the school you were accepted to so you can secure that spot while you wait for the other schools to notify you about the waitlist decision. You should be able to withdraw by emailing admissions (or if there's a student portal, perhaps there's a withdrawal option). People can get accepted off the waitlist as last as August because there may be a student who withdraws their acceptance because they changed their mind about the school (either they were accepted off a waitlist from a school they were waiti
    2 points
  18. CGS here, from Alberta, Chem Eng Good luck everyone... A heads up: the decision is in an attachment in the email, don't be afraid if at first you dont see anything in the email 😃
    2 points
  19. My biggest lesson this cycle: don't be afraid to turn down offers and try again next year (or the next, or the next). It's not a race to the finish line. There is nothing wrong with working another couple of years and reapplying if that means you will have better opportunities and less debt. This cycle, I was so caught up in the anxiety of "I need to get my career started NOW" that I applied to mainly unfunded schools and some schools that were, erm... indiscriminate about the folks they admitted. For some folks, those schools might be good fits. For me, I was trying to hard to get my career l
    2 points
  20. SageAU

    Canada MSW 2019

    Didn't see anything on Loris yet! Laurier is the only school I applied to (2 year on campus program). Hold onto your hats, everyone! Past year threads have shown that acceptances go out on a rolling basis... so some of us very well could see an acceptance later next week.
    2 points
  21. On Wednesday (two days ago), I officially accepted my offer at Kent State University for their Clinical Psychology doctoral program. My concentration will be in child health psychology. I am very much looking forward to it!
    2 points
  22. I'm not moving there, but I've been quite a few times. The mountains are stunning, and downtown Knoxville is quite fun. I would definitely set aside time to check them out.
    2 points
  23. Congratulations everyone who got accepted at U of A! I just got an email saying I was waitlisted- I'm thankful its not a rejection.
    2 points
  24. This is torture.
    2 points
  25. Chiming in here because I just got a digital interview invitation from Columbia (today - 3/29). I had been a bit discouraged having not received one earlier, but I guess all hope is not lost! Instructions say to record your responses on video to questions that are more behavioral than technical. It is due back on 3/31 at noon. I'll also share my admission statuses so far and quick background: Undergrad Institution: Brown University Undergrad Major: Computer Science / Applied Math - Econ (double major) GPA: 3.62 (3.72 in-major GPA, 4.0 CS GPA); transcript includes a few u
    2 points
  26. Well, I’d have to say that it is pretty critical to maintain a high GPA for this major. To the best of my knowledge, a majority of schools really want to see GPAs of 3 or above, especially competitive ones. I don’t think that’s to say you can’t get in with something lower than a 3 (2.8 at worst) as you have other pieces of your application to speak for you. Even so, it is quite difficult to be competitive with a low GPA, some professors may seem harsh but they do know what they’re talking about. I remember taking anatomy class and my professor basically said to drop out of the class
    2 points
  27. I will never understand people who say they are "surprised" to get rejected...I wish I had that kind of confidence.
    2 points
  28. As a Brandeis grad, I can say it’s an incredible place to be especially if you’re interested in epistemology and mind. Also the placement for this year isn’t up yet but should be quite strong. Feel free to pm me and we can discuss further. You’ve got a number of great options!
    2 points
  29. Depends on the PI and their values as well, not all want to take their own students, and some will explicitly state so. If you're in some niche field where your skillset is hard to come across and your PI has basically trained you to work in their lab as a graduate student, of course they would want to take you, which is what you might be familiar with. More popular people in more popular fields have less of a problem finding qualified people to carry on their research, so I would think they have the least incentive to take on their own students. Might've been the case here.
    2 points
  30. If that were the case, you would've just cracked open the application process. Like a motherload cheat for the sims, but for grad school LOL. In this scenario, why apply for grad school at all if you can just apply to RA in a lab, and then assume you'd come out with a PhD? Again, I'm a Canadian applicant so no idea if this is the wave in the states at all (you could be very much right). I have no hard feelings what so ever towards these supervisors and they were great mentors that prepared me for the next stage in my life nonetheless!
    2 points
  31. They're okay. They have pita chips. Who could question existence in a world with pita chips?
    2 points
  32. Thanks for this tidbit. I'm sure I will, but I hope I adopt a similar attitude as you. It will likely become clearer since my undergraduate research has not been in my area of interest. I think I'm being picky at this point, but I'm very grateful for my one acceptance so far and would happily attend if I don't get off the waitlist at Rice. I still like to hold onto hope though... And I think there's something to be said about the excitement of being accepted somewhere. I think our perspectives are warped by this forum, because in reality an extremely small number of people earn a PhD. And
    2 points
  33. I applied last year, and I got a lot more rejections than I was expecting. It definitely stung. Even in my first year, though, I've started to realize the ways that the program I'm attending and (from a more limited perspective) the only other one that gave me an offer are more suited to me as a researcher than some of the programs that rejected me. For example, I knew what I wanted to research, but I've started to learn the nuances of that research area enough to see how I probably wouldn't have been as good of a fit for at least half of my rejections. I'm almost grateful to have been rejecte
    2 points
  34. Yeah, I think @galois's approach is more acceptable. I'd ask whether this is really necessary though. I would definitely not attend a school where there is only 1 or even 2 faculty members you want to work with, so your decision shouldn't come down to one person's reply. Most advisors take new students. The biggest reasons someone might not be taking students is that they're super famous and it's too competitive or that they're getting old. Emailing won't help with the famous people, because they won't know if you're a good student yet. And I would caution against emailing people saying "
    2 points
  35. I just turned down NCSU, UCLA, and UC Irvine. Hope that helps any of you that are on their waitlists! Good luck
    2 points
  36. JosephineJ

    Canada MSW 2019

    I called York about two days ago and they said offers will be sent out between 7-10 days from then. Hope this helps!
    2 points
  37. you really think it's worth it to pay $160 for a two point increase? wow lol
    2 points
  38. Just set up an interview with my POI at UGA! SOOO excited!
    2 points
  39. Today I officially accepted my offer from the University of Tennessee Knoxville Counseling Psych PhD program. I'm so excited! Is anyone else moving to Knoxville soon too?
    2 points
  40. So I have some good information for you since I was in your exact position when I graduated (almost exact same stats) and probably would’ve had the same results. I’ll help walk you through what I did to compensate for low grades and what worked/didn’t work and how I did this application season. i graduated from a regional SLAC with a 3.2 GPA in Biochemistry and Math with a minor in neuroscience. I had three years of undergrad experience but no pubs. I went on to take the GRE and got a 167/164/6.0 I think V/Q/W. I thought deeply about where I needed to compensate and how by following the a
    2 points
  41. Hey GC, I'm a first-gen college grad entering my first year of grad school at Villanova this August, pursuing my MA in Political Science! I would love to see if there are other first-gen students on here so that we can all get to know each other a little 🙂I'll start: So my parents emigrated from Colombia to the USA in the late 80s to flee the cartel violence, and roughly eight years later, I was born in Miami! I went to pretty rough-around-the-edges public schools in my neighborhood for elementary and middle school, where I hung around with MS13 kids and other gang kids. Since my mom
    1 point
  42. Also waiting! I wasn't really feeling anxious about it until @ka133 said they got an email haha
    1 point
  43. MSW2019

    Canada MSW 2019

    What?! Where is it? In your email?
    1 point
  44. hthi

    ETH ESOP 2019

    Could some one please tell me when the registration deadline is?
    1 point
  45. Thanks!!! That’s very true, sometimes rejection means they are doing you a favor. Academia is pretty messed up, you want to go to a place where you’re appreciated.
    1 point
  46. Tomorrow I am turning down UCSC, FSU, UF, VT and ASU. I will wait until April 10 for any response of Duke's waitlist. Anyone turning down Duke?
    1 point
  47. I didn't get any particularly unusual questions - mostly why I was pursuing a PhD, what my goals were after the program, what my research interests are and why I thought they fit with that professor, my previous research experience, previous professional experience, and I got a couple of programs which asked why counseling psych vs clinical, and why I was attracted to their training model. One program had two practical application sections of the interview, so as a group we had to decide on an empirical study and design in about 30 mins then present it, and the other as a pair we had to watch
    1 point
  48. The NSERC website still says "by the end of March".. It's gotta be this week I noticed the personal profiles were temporarily unavailable yesterday morning, I really hope it had something to do with preparation for notifying the applicants
    1 point
  49. Thank you!!! And congrats on getting into George Mason!!
    1 point
  50. lakegirl92

    Plan B, C, D....

    I am a second year applicant and was accepted this time around. I was reading this thread and wanted to give input because I know how disappointing and frustrating it can be not getting into a program, and I hope what I say can help! After getting 8 rejections last year, I emailed many of the schools I applied to to get an idea of why I got rejected/what they were looking for in an applicant. Many told meh GRE scores didn't meet their requirements, so I knew that was something I needed to work on. I used the Magoosh online GRE program and raised my score almost 10 points. I volunteered at
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