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  1. 12 points
    Matthew3957

    2019 Decisions Thread

    I am officially joining the UC train again. Going to UCSC
  2. 11 points
    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 few days. So, I really understand the struggle of having to wait, but never getting the news you want. This time, I applied to 17 programs (yeah I know, it is a lot!). I interviewed at 9 - one of them being a School Psychology Ph.D. program - and out of those, ultimately was rejected from 1, waitlisted at 1, and received offers from 7. Based on my experience, I want to share a few thoughts and pieces of advice: Rejections do not determine your self-worth. Please do not feel like you are not qualified/smart/unique enough if you did not get in. I say this because my first time applying was last year, and I have not really gained any more relevant experience since then. I didn’t even change my personal statement besides 2-3 sentences. I improved my interview skills a little bit, but the big difference was where I applied. Which brings me to #2. Last time, I was picky about location/perfect fit. This time, I chose to apply to places where I would actually bring something new to the lab/POI, and I was flexible about location as well. You might think “I would never go here”, but sometimes the interview will change your mind. That happened to me with multiple programs this time. So my advice for both new applicants and applicants who are applying again, is that do not be stuck to one area if it’s possible. Of course, family/partner relocation and finance might be something you have to consider with this. Submit apps early! I submitted materials a month in advance in case I missed anything. Of course, if this is not financially possible for you, then try to review the checklist of materials for each school multiple times. This will give you enough of an idea to fix something if needed. If you can’t afford to interview in person, don’t. Out of my 9 interviews, I did 6 over Skype/phone (although one of them didn’t have in person interviews). I was accepted to 5/6 of the programs I interviewed at on Skype, and 2/3 for the ones in-person. In fact, one of the programs strongly discouraged Skype interviews, and still ended up accepting me in the first round. This goes to show that your interviewing skills can sometimes matter more than your in-person presence. And if you do get in, you can always visit during dates that are more convenient/cost-effective as well. Be proud of yourself for completing and submitting your applications. That is a difficult task in itself. If you got to the interview stage, congratulations on that as well. No matter what the result, don’t give up on your dream of getting a Ph.D. I hope this reflection can be insightful to folks in some way. If you would like to ask any questions, I’d be happy to answer! It would be awesome if all of the wonderful Ph.D. applicants out here could share their reflections as well I’m sure you all could bring much more to this conversation!
  3. 8 points
    slpmb!

    2019 Canadian SLP Thread

    Got accepted into the U of A!!! Feels amazing
  4. 8 points
    SpruceTree

    2019 Canadian SLP Thread

    I got accepted to UAlberta as well! So excited!
  5. 8 points
    maroo7

    2019 Canadian SLP Thread

    Just got an acceptance to Alberta!!! I'm shaking wow!!!!
  6. 7 points
    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 you are awaiting such an important result. For those wondering, they email the results to let you know yes/no, then they send more detailed ranking results by snail mail. My email was received around noon last year. Good luck.
  7. 4 points
    snorkles

    2019 Decisions Thread

    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 the city itself (too big for me). The Berkeley campus feels much more alive, as well. I suppose that may be due to the fact that I toured Chicago during Spring break. And my contribution to the thread: I committed to Chicago some weeks ago. I couldn't pass on the program itself.
  8. 4 points
    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 five schools and interviewed at two of them. I ended up with rejections from 4/5 schools and acceptance from one, which was my top choice so I accepted there without any hesitation. It was a pretty crazy ride but I think I learned a lot of valuable lessons that have really changed my perspective on the whole application process (for the better). See below: I echo @FeministPsychologist here and will say again that: rejections do not determine your self-worth and are not indicative of your potential, like at all. The fact that many Psychology applicants are rejected at multiple schools before being accepted somewhere speaks to this - capability is not mutually exclusive with rejection. The entire application process is so dependent on luck and at the end of the day, it all depends on how well you mesh with one person (i.e., your POI). Just because the fit's not there with them, doesn't mean that other supervisors would also feel the same way. The minute I stopped taking rejections so easily, my mental health surrounding the process was at such a better place. To all applicants applying next round, please remember this. Rejections happen to all of us, and will most likely happen given the competitive nature of this field. Shake each rejection off and don't take it personally - there are reasons why it didn't work out and those reasons could be anywhere from lack of funding at that school to your POI having someone else in mind from the get-go (which happen so often). Literally, look yourself in the mirror and say "rejections don't define me" until it sticks, LOL. Apply to as many schools and POIs as you can without sacrificing too much of your research interests. This. Some would think I'm absolutely crazy for only applying to five schools (one POI at each lol), but unfortunately, my research area is extremely niche and I applied to the only schools in Canada that had researchers in my field. I ended up lucking out, however, there was a LOT of anxiety when 4/5 schools rejected me and my fate was hanging on one school LOL. This was extremely stressful, to say the least, so I recommend applying to as many schools as you can. However, I really don't recommend forfeiting your interests or making them so malleable that you lose what you really care about. Grad school is a long ride my friends, and it would suck to study something you don't care about. Which brings me to my next point... Make sure you REALLY want it before you apply. This application process is way too stressful to just do it to do it... If this wasn't the only career path I wanted, I would've opted out so quick LOL. Especially for clinical applicants, make sure your goals can't be achieved by pursuing other degrees like social work etc before applying. Make sure that the specific aims of a PhD Clinical Psychology program are what you really, really want. I think a lot of people go into these PhD programs with the thought process of that they can only work with clinical populations or deliver therapy with a Clinical Psych degree and that is so not true. If being a clinician is all you care about, opt for a psychotherapy program that's literally half the amount of years/effort. Your wallet and psyche will thank you, haha. This one (aside from the first) was probably the biggest lesson I learned - just because you know your POI personally, does not mean they owe you anything. At a few of the schools I applied to, I had already worked with the POI previously and developed a good working (and personal) relationship. I interviewed with some of them (ended up being rejected) and wasn't even given an interview opportunity by one of them. This was really hard for me to swallow at first, and made me doubt everything. If someone who knew me didn't want me, how would I get in with anyone else? But the thing is, just because you dedicated some volunteer time at a POI's lab doesn't mean they owe you anything - not even a second glance at your application. With an application process as competitive as this, that's literally just not possible to expect them to forfeit spots from other capable applicants to you, just because you already have a working relationship. Again, with the rejection piece, so many factors roll into this. They've already mentored you, so it's possible that they think there's nothing else to teach you. Or, simply, they just vibed with another applicant better. At the end of the day, each of these supervisors wrote and edited my SOPs as well as my funding applications, and all my references. They wouldn't have done that if they didn't think I was capable. As soon as I realized that, I stopped beating myself up. However, this was a really important piece to helping me re-conceptualize the entire application process. Ok, rant over haha. At the end of the day, this is an extremely crazy and stressful process. Make sure you really want it before you apply and as said before, congratulate yourself for each application and each day you don't go crazy LOL. You can do this!
  9. 4 points
    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.
  10. 3 points
    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.
  11. 3 points
    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. It's hard to say what happened here, but I wouldn't assume programs allow for nepotism when it comes to admission.
  12. 3 points
    slpbc

    2019 Canadian SLP Thread

    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
  13. 3 points
    jess_is_over_it

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    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.
  14. 3 points
    After a tough choice between UC Berkeley and VCU -- stoked to say I'll be going to VCU come August : )
  15. 2 points
    gloriagilbert

    2019 Decisions Thread

    I'm U Michigan bound. Never envisioned myself in the midwest, but Ann Arbor, let's go!
  16. 2 points
    Trying to like this, but GradCafe says I'm out of reacts So exciting!! See you there
  17. 2 points
    BioCook

    Accepting While on Wait lists

    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 waiting for or they decided not to pursue the degree at all). If you're okay with losing the deposit, then I absolutely recommend putting the deposit down for EWU and waiting to see if you get another offer. Best of luck!
  18. 2 points
    GoodGradGuy

    NSERC C/PGSD 2019-2020

    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 😃
  19. 2 points
    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 launched ASAP that I overlooked a ton of schools that would have fit my needs and research interests better. I had several offers from great schools that I just couldn't afford or weren't a good match for my career interests, and had to turn down. And that's okay! I was talking to a friend the other day and she said this: I have a licensable master's. I could literally just keep applying every 2 years if I wanted the PhD that badly, until I got in. In the meantime, I can continue to get clinical and research experience. I don't need to take a giant step in the direction of my career - I can do it in baby steps if I need.
  20. 2 points
    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.
  21. 2 points
    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!
  22. 2 points
    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.
  23. 2 points
    Salsouqi

    2019 Canadian SLP Thread

    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.
  24. 2 points
    micro-cat

    NSERC C/PGSD 2019-2020

    This is torture.
  25. 2 points
    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 unfortunate blemishes in some math classes GRE (V/Q/AW): 167/170/5.5 Other: almost 3 yrs work experience as a data scientist at advertising agency -- have worked on projects for some relatively reputable clients; undergrad TA for a data science course; no real research experience Admitted: NYU DS | Berkeley MEng CS (DS Concentration) | Duke MIDS | UMichigan DS | U Rochester DS | Colorado Boulder CS (DS Concentration) | Rice CS Rejected: None yet 🤞 Still Waiting: Columbia DS | Cornell Tech CS | Cornell CS MEng (Ithaca) | USC Computer Science (DS Concentration) I'm leaning towards NYU or Berkeley of the choices I have so far, but I'd also consider Columbia or the Cornell programs if I get in. Good luck to everyone!
  26. 2 points
    Aspire_to_Be

    Undergrad Progression

    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 if you failed the first exam (retake the class). I have seen plenty of individuals get in with GPAs of 3.0-3.4 but as I said you also have to consider GRE scores, letters of recommendation, etc. Finally, programs can set criterias of passing and progression grades. For my program, if you don’t get at least a B for some classes, you’re unable to take higher level classes, which honestly makes sense. Things only get more challenging as you progress, if you’re struggling with lower level classes, it’s an indicator that you need to step back for a second and gather some thoughts and decisions of what to work on or do next.
  27. 2 points
    I will never understand people who say they are "surprised" to get rejected...I wish I had that kind of confidence.
  28. 2 points
    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!
  29. 2 points
    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.
  30. 2 points
    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!
  31. 2 points
    They're okay. They have pita chips. Who could question existence in a world with pita chips?
  32. 2 points
    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 for a place to genuinely want you to come to their school to do that is pretty cool.
  33. 2 points
    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 rejected, to be honest! A few of my past rejections still sting a bit. One program is seemingly very similar to where I am now but lower ranked/less prestigious, and my pride is still a bit wounded by that rejection. I now find myself rooting against their sports teams on principle. 😜 But overall, my perspective has made me realize that some of my rejections were probably mutually beneficial. Obviously everyone's experience is different. I just wanted to throw my perspective in there in case it helps someone get less discouraged about some rejections in favor of being more excited for the programs that chose them!
  34. 2 points
    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 "your grey hair and wrinkles made me concerned about my academic future."
  35. 2 points
    I just turned down NCSU, UCLA, and UC Irvine. Hope that helps any of you that are on their waitlists! Good luck
  36. 2 points
    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!
  37. 2 points
    you really think it's worth it to pay $160 for a two point increase? wow lol
  38. 2 points
    Just set up an interview with my POI at UGA! SOOO excited!
  39. 2 points
    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?
  40. 2 points
    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 advice of others and some good blog posts; my weakest areas were going to be my GPA, lack of publications, and letters of rec (no one knows of my recommenders). Thus, number one and two on my list were to enroll in an MS program with good grades and to get some publications. Also to find a job with some big names to write my letters. I was actually fairly successful at everything: at the time of application, I was a quarter shy of finishing a masters in applied math with a 3.7 at a top-3 public school and I had been working 3.5 years at the premier neuroscience non-profit gaining 3 publications (3rd in Neurotox., mid in eLife, mid in eNeuro), 2 in review (mid in Nature, 2nd in PLOS ONE), and two more in prep (3rd and a 1st). My letter writers were all now former academics (not PIs though, postdocs) that were known in the community. I thought I did everything I could have almost as best as possible and all my mentors had told me that I should shoot very highly in terms of schools. I applied to the following 14 schools: Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Princeton, Carnegie Mellon/Pitt, UCSF, UCSD, Carnegie Mellon (Bio), University of Oregon, Boston University, Stony Brook University, MIT, and NYU. I also networked heavily and emailed 2-3 PIs at every school and corresponded with around a dozen extensively over email, over Skype, or in-person at SfN. I was feeling very confident I’d get interviews from around half my schools. Now a few months later I was rejected from ten schools and received interviews from Carnegie Mellon (Bio), Stony Brook University, University of Oregon, and Boston University. I was admitted to both University of Oregon and Stony Brook University with fellowships about $5k a year each for three years. I’m still waiting to hear back from Carnegie Mellon (Bio) and am waitlisted for Boston University (GPN). Some takeaways, I should’ve asked my letter writers to address my grades and I should’ve talked more at length about why my grades were so low (undiagnosed sleep disorder [DSPD], and trauma with my best friend dying in a car accident). Admissions committees didn’t care that I got a 3.7 in my masters it felt like and this didn’t offset my undergrad grades as far as I could tell The admissions process is tightly controlled at a lot of schools by a single-person or a small committee and even though I was invited to interview (even being rated first in the cohort by a professor), it once again came down to grades and I suppose fit which was disappointing. I had believed that once I interviewed, the schools already wouldn’t care about grades and thought I was a good fit. as far as fit goes, I was a bit too specific and I suppose seemingly inflexible during interviews: I thought being a very good specific fit for two or three professors was the way to go but I’m thinking it’s better to have broad appeal. I wasn’t able to get un-pigeonholed as a “biology” or “computational” guy in different contexts. Some PIs expressed doubt as to whether I would even want to do experiments while others didn’t comment on my 5 years of programming or my masters in math. my publications didn’t matter. I never got a single comment on any of them and a lot of interviewees seemed like they had pulled up my CV in their computer a minute before the interview. I think the only sort of pub that matters is a 2nd or 3rd author in a high-tier journal or a 1st in a mid-tier journal. my work experience didn’t matter per se. I had a lot of friends get admitted to schools I got rejected from when they had only 2 years of experience and I had very nearly 7. The only difference between us was GPA so I think the advice “research experience is more important than grades” is false. it matters tremendously who is writing your letters. I’ve seen students with a 3.4 gpa and mediocre scores/experiences with letters from HHMI or NAS members get into every school in the top10. If I were to do it all again, I would have addressed my grades more directly and had my letter writers do so as well I would have not done the MS (or done a 1-year full-time) and then focused two years on getting one or more first-authorships. In retrospect, I had all the experimental and analytic skills to do so but I was just intimidated by the idea of it. I would have chased after working with big names in the field to get a recommendation from them. It matters more than it should. I wish I knew that everyone who was giving me advice that was last in admissions 5 years ago has outdated information. It's at least twice as competitive now and 1st-authorships are now going from unheard of to uncommon. I should've worked like my life depended on it and that's saying a lot because there were many weeks I was working 60-80 hours with work and homework combined. Neuroscience is the hardest life sciences field right now (except clinical psych PhDs) and possibly all of science save except some fields like ML/CS but, unless you talk to someone who's recently applied or is on admissions, you wouldn't know it. BU got >500 applications for 40 interview spots and 8 spots in their incoming class. I networked a ton but I should've networked even more. Really making sure these PIs were invested in having me. One PI at each Boston and CMU had told me explicitly they "golden buzzered" me into interview which I would've never gotten otherwise. Most of my schools were top-20 so I needed this sort of help for each one but even one isn't a guarantee especially if their admissions process is more committee based. BU's seemed to give more power to individual PI's while others were tightly controlled and voted on by each committee. I had a chat for 30 min in-person with the director at Harvard and he said he liked my skillset and would look for my application but alas I never got in (I should've been upfront about my grades). I should've applied to lower-ranked but still very good schools like Pitt, Northwestern, Rochester, UT Austin, Georgia Tech, etc. Very important: I should have applied to more biology programs. They're easier to get into and the only difference is in curriculum (work with all the same professors). Several neuro interviewees I was with at sort-of mid-level institutions also had interviews at top20/10 biology programs. I'm also going to disagree with the advice that getting an acceptance after interview is "yours to lose" because at several of my interviews the acceptance rate was below 50% and so it came down to fit mostly even if you were a wonderful person. One school told me they wanted to see at least three PI's throw their hat in the ring for you. At several of my interviews, all of us were confident, knowledgeable about our work, skilled, and driven no question but yet more than half of us will not receive an offer. This does vary though as I know of one top school that routinely offers every interviewee that passes the "is this person at least normal" test. Your grades aren't as bad as mines but I feel like for those with the same grades, the only way out is to have something that makes the reviewers go "holy shit" i.e. one or more glowing recs from big names in the field or having first-authorship. That's all I can think up right now but let me know if you have any questions.
  41. 1 point
    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 was afraid of me being a part of "those kind of people", or as she would put it in Spanish "con esos pelados", she put me in a private Catholic high school on a full scholarship. I graduated top 10% of my class, went to the Bay Area for college, currently doing a year of service as a volunteer, and this August will be moving to Philadelphia to pursue my MA in Villanova. What's your story? How did you get to where you are now?
  42. 1 point
    OblongEducator

    NSERC C/PGSD 2019-2020

    Also waiting! I wasn't really feeling anxious about it until @ka133 said they got an email haha
  43. 1 point
    MSW2019

    Canada MSW 2019

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

    ETH ESOP 2019

    Could some one please tell me when the registration deadline is?
  45. 1 point
    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.
  46. 1 point
    I’m also going to UTK’s Counseling Psych Program! 😁
  47. 1 point
    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?
  48. 1 point
    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 a client video and develop a case conceptualization and a basic treatment plan proposal for the client. The things that I found most important were to be as honest and authentic as possible, even when the questions were hard and uncomfortable, and to have lots of questions for everyone I met - even if it was just a basic question about what they think makes the program unique or what they like best about teaching/researching - as this showed my interest in the program, it helped to keep conversation flowing rather than an awkward silence, and it helped me to get more information to understand if this place would really be the best fit for me. I found that the places I felt like I could be happiest were the places where we lost track of time in each interview and the conversations flowed most naturally because those places made me feel most welcome and most like I could ask for help/insight/advice/collaboration with anyone in the department, not just my primary advisor. Another common question I asked was about collaboration opportunities with multiple faculty members as I wanted a department that encouraged collaboration and where I could learn from a lot of different perspectives and styles because a doc program is one of the few opportunities I will ever have where I have multiple experts in research available to me all in one place to be able to observe and learn from.
  49. 1 point
    Thank you!!! And congrats on getting into George Mason!!
  50. 1 point
    Officially accepted the offer from University of Utah's School Psychology program. SO PSYCHED!!! Mountains here I come 😭


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