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    Hi!! For those who have been accepted into FMU Fall of 2019, I would love to get to know some of you if not all! I am from Washington State and have never been to the South.. reaching out to see if I can get into contact with some possible and or future classmates!
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    2019 Canadian SLP Thread

    Just got off the waiting list for McMaster! Was wondering if there’s a Facebook page ?:)
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    Should I retake the Psyc GRE?

    Ditto that 110% ^^ And given that your Psych GPA is so high but your Psych GRE scores are low....it would be a red flag. They might think it's grade inflation at your university and greater scrutinize your application. I've been told you can honestly just find any Intro to Psych textbook, study hard for a week, and then take the Psych GRE and score within the 90th+ percentile. You want to hit ideally 95th or higher. Its doable--all my friends were able to reach this target no problem. I would just say study harder and now that you know how the test works, you may be less anxious during the test Good luck!
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    I don't know anything about this specific program, but the rule of thumb for MA/MS psych programs is research emphasis. If you are looking to apply to PhDs afterwards, you want to make sure you have solid research opportunities in the masters program where you have a high likelihood of getting posters/pubs by the time you apply for PhD programs. Programs care more about that than the fact you are doing a formal masters degree.
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    Duns Eith

    Funded MA philosophy programs

    The advice above me is really good. However: You're a little late to start as soon as you'd like. Applications for funded MAs in philosophy are already long past (the last one was like February or so -- most are due in Dec-January). I don't know of any funded MA program that admits students (with funding) mid-way in the year. So, you're looking for starting either a non-funded MA Fall '19 or Spring '20, or starting Fall 2020. Prep this Summer and start putting in applications Nov/December. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
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    Sure, it's acceptable. It's not ideal, but nobody is going to lose any sleep over you. As for your future admissions chances, nobody will ever know except people working in that department. They may remember for a few years, but eventually they'll forget, too. They certainly won't communicate with any other departments about it. On transferring: yes, it can be a little harder, because the standards for a transfer are higher. You have to make the case for your transfer, after all, and that requires you to be pretty sure about why you're not a good fit where you are--and "it's ranked too low" just won't cut it. It's also hard because you have to ask for letters from faculty in the department you're leaving. That said, transfers happen all the time. I know dozens of people who've transferred, many of them when they were quite far into their original PhD program.
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    Should I retake the Psyc GRE?

    Unfortunately, I don't think that will be the case. While "good" general GRE scores are subject to individual opinion a lot of the time, subject GRE scores tend to not be because they are completely psych-based. Since you are applying to a psych-oriented graduate program, presumably with an undergraduate psych degree, low scores might cause some red flags to come up. Think about it this way, a lot of what was tested on the subject GRE was information that was taught in first-year psych courses - while there are MANY reasons why someone would score low on this test (test-day anxiety etc), supervisors will look past that and just think it's odd that you scored any lower than 90th percentile. I'm sure you could look it up and find the stats, but I believe most applicants naturally do score within that range given the material that's being tested. Supervisors and grad students have said to me that any score that's lower than that would be considered 'odd'. In the face of stellar grades, extremely comprehensive research experience and a few publications, this may not make that much of a dent. But that's really taking a chance. If I were in your place, and I had time, I would 100% take it again and try to aim within the 90th + region.
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    Hunter Silberman School Fall 2019 Admissions

    I had asked someone in the office and it didn’t sound like either were strictly mandatory, but she highly encouraged me to attend both, or at least pre-orientation. I think pre-orientation is more important, since they’ll review class registration stuff. Accepted students day seems more for networking/connecting purposes (from my understanding!)
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    Have you filled out the FAFSA yet? If not, do so immediately! It's not super hard, just kind of tedious. Grad students count as independent students, so unless you had a great career before entering grad school you'll probably qualify and get all the loans you need from that. You should end up with the Stafford loans (subsidized and unsubsidized). If you still need more than this and your credit is alright you can get Grad Plus loans to cover the total cost of attendance beyond what the Stafford loans offer, including living expenses. That's also done simply by filling out the FAFSA. I have to say, going forward it would definitely behoove you to figure out the financial stuff as soon as possible. Money matters are no joke and can take time/effort to get things together. I've dillydallied with getting financial aid before and royally screwed myself because I missed a deadline. Going forward, check your school's financial aid page for any deadlines, call/email them if necessary, and check for any random requirements that could delay receiving your aid money!
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    Carly Rae Jepsen

    The Positivity Thread

    My papers are excellent, I think? I feel proud of my research! Also, my boyfriend is literally the sweetest.
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    Francis Marion Interview

    Stay positive. I know it's soooo hard to. But please do. There's no point in stressing, what's going to happen still happening. I know it is difficult, trust me I have received MANY rejections this cycle. But please keep your head up and keep having faith and hope. It's not May 10 just yet and you have no idea what's coming your way.
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    Funded MA philosophy programs

    I've just finished the terminal MA at Texas Tech University, and I can't say enough good things about it (I'm going to Rutgers in the fall. I certainly wouldn't be if not for the program here). If you have any questions, feel free to message me.
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    Funded MA philosophy programs

    In the US, consider NIU, GSU, UWMilwaukee, Houston, SFSU, Virginia State, Western Michigan, and CSULB. If memory serves, those all offer full funding (though perhaps not to all accepted applicants). In Canada, most of the universities with PhD programs also have good MA programs, and several without a PhD offer a great MA. Full funding is easier to come by if you're Canadian, but international applicants can also get it. You could start by considering Simon Fraser, Victoria, Concordia, Toronto, Western, Queen's, Calgary, and UBC, although there are plenty of other great MA programs around. It might be easier to give you a list of suggestions if you said a little more about your interests in philosophy.
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    Have you emailed/called? Checked spam folders etc.? My specific interview schedules were all sent to me 2-7 days in advance.
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    I strongly co-sign CamScanner. Apart from the ability to group images into one pdf file, I find the increase contrast feature extremely helpful when it comes to readability.
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    PHD Applicants: Fall 2019

    Just found a note on my computer with this information all in one place and thought future applicants might find it useful: Brown BSHS Contacted POIs prior to application: yes Interview invite: January 11 Interview: January 25, all day in person, met with 2 POIs and another prof individually Decision: accepted February 11, portal changed before email came Funding: full Pitt BCHS Contacted POIs prior to application: no Interview invite: February 4 Interview: February 8, hour long phone interview with 2 POIs Decision: accepted February 20 via email Funding: none, said they would find full funding if I accepted offer Yale SBS Contacted POIs prior to application: no Interview invite: January 22 Interview: February 11, all day in person, met with every professor in the department individually Decision: waitlisted February 28, portal changed before email came Harvard PHS SBS: Contacted POIs prior to application: no Decision: rejected February 7, email to login and receive rejection, no other contact with school Michigan HBHE: Contacted POIs prior to application: yes Interview invite: January 22 Interview: February 4, 30 min video chat interview with 3 professors on adcom (not POIs) Decision: accepted February 8 via email Funding: full Minnesota Epi: Contacted POIs prior to application: yes No interview Decision: first round acceptance January 15; formal acceptance March 27 Funding: partial
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    The short answer is that they probably won't be publishable, because you won't yet be sufficiently familiar with work in the area to generate a new piece of scholarship. That doesn't mean you shouldn't try, just that you shouldn't go in expecting too much of yourself. As a new PhD student, you're still just learning the ropes. Now that all that's out of the way: in order to do this, you'll need to explicitly set out to do it, and that means choosing your paper topics with care. You'll need them to make an original contribution, and that means having a good grasp of the relevant literature, and doing a lot more independent research for the papers. You'll need to start them early, and revise, revise, revise. Revise. And you'll need to have a good sense of where to send them, what the norms are for that journal, etc. And all that is a lot of work, especially for a new student who's still in coursework. So don't beat yourself up if you don't get around to trying to publish them for a few years. Coming back to the topic with fresh eyes and more experience will make it much easier to see what work still needs to be done, or even whether it's a worthwhile cause in the first place. So I'd advise you to take a long view. Try to come up with interesting and original ideas for your papers, and do your best writing them. Then try to present them at conferences. The feedback you get there will help you to determine whether it's worth pursuing publication, and will give you a sense of what you need to do to get there. Plus, it'll help you do some of the other stuff you need to do as a grad student, and get you started on networking.
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    No, it won't. Unfortunately. Referees are nasty all the time, and not just about genuinely weak papers. Anonymity lets them take on all kinds of unwarranted airs of superiority. My discipline's blogs and social media spaces are chock full of the absolutely unforgiveable things referees have said, and not just to new members of the profession. I can point to several people who are the top scholars in the world in their respective subfields who still get referee comments like "this is garbage, even for an undergraduate; does the author even work in [our discipline]?". Such comments aren't OK under any circumstances, let alone when directed at perfectly fine pieces of scholarship. Hell, I submitted one of my papers to a T20-30-range generalist journal which took four times its average review time to get back to me, and when it did I got twenty words of comments telling me the paper was unpublishable in any journal in the discipline. I immediately sent it unchanged to a T10 journal which accepted it in under a month. So: the moral of the story, I think, is that you ought to ignore the cutting remarks as much as possible. Make whatever changes you need to in order to avoid getting similar complaints, but ignore the nasty commentary. If a referee is altogether too nasty, then ignore them entirely. (And yes, I agree with PaulaHsiuling that one should strive to submit work that's more or less complete, and not use the peer review system as a means of getting feedback on drafts.)
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    Preparations for the Fall

    They're full of shit. People in grad school are always posturing about how hard they work, but that's all it is. They've got some screwed up idea of what the perfect grad student is, and they constantly fail to meet it, and it wreaks havoc with their brain chemistry. Being a good student really isn't inconsistent with maintaining a healthy work-life balance. I was a great grad student: I published two papers in top specialist journals, presented at dozens of conferences, won awards, networked like hell, audited all kinds of classes, TAed every semester, applied for hundreds of jobs, etc. It didn't require me to give up on any hobbies or other fun stuff. And I'm not at all exceptional in that respect. Take the time to do your own thing. It'll help enormously with all the negative crap. Just don't let yourself get too distracted from your end goal! As for making time for reading, I do most of mine on public transit, or for about an hour in bed at night. I often read during the day, too, but that's mostly down to how I feel in the moment. One word of advice: breaking your tasks down into smaller chunks and spreading them over time is way more effective than putting in whole days at a time. Read just one article a day, and by the end of a month that's a whole course's worth of reading; write an hour a day, and after a year you've got a draft of a dissertation, or after a few weeks, you've got a paper to send to conferences and journals; and so on. The trick is to be consistent, and not to overload yourself with just one task. I try to write for about an hour a day (some days I get excited and it's more, and some days I lose the thread, but on the whole that's pretty much what it averages out to). I do that relatively early in the day, and then it doesn't matter what else I do that day; the pressure's off. I can take an hour or so to read a paper, too, and then that's two big things down. After that, the rest of the day is boring admin work, emails, course prep, whatever. And fun stuff.
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    MOO, this thread is not a good idea. For current graduate students, the thread is an opportunity for CLMs. (It is exceedingly unlikely that one can post detailed information about a program or a department without also putting a thumbtack on a map that says "I am here." It would not take much effort for a vindictive member of the faculty or staff to change that thumbtack to a bullseye.) For aspiring graduate students, the thread is an opportunity to mistake rumor for hard, verified information. The thread is also an opportunity to build a bad habit--saying/writing anonymously things that one would not say in person. IMO, better opportunities for sharing information on this BB are available in long-running threads centering around lessons learned, supplies, and logistics. This BB has a significant number of posts in which experienced graduate students share tips on how to get up to date information on a department that is more reliable and with less risk. YMMV.
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    For those who don't know, the Iowa Writer's Workshop is the premier creative writing program in the US. As such, applying there turns people into rabid animals.
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    W o w that was a doozy of a post to read. An existential crisis ending in the word "yeet"... yikes.
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    When you don't feel home

    Are there other ways you could find beauty on your campus? Is there a performing arts center where you could go see live theater or concerts? Are there art displays or venues around that have live music? Maybe you could even try to make some of your own beauty by auditing a visual arts course; I myself am a historian auditing a course in ancient to Medieval calligraphy this semester, and it's a no pressure creative time for me. Good luck! Keep us posted!
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    Columbia University MSW Fall 2019

    I also submitted my application on the last day of the priority deadline - 1120pm on deec 7th to be exact! And I received my admissions decision today. I'll be visiting the campus this weekend.. I'd like to make a decision in the next week. Any thoughts on Columbia vs NYU?
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    Columbia University MSW Fall 2019

    I was accepted today as well too!
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    Columbia University MSW Fall 2019

    I got my acceptance today as well!
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    Columbia University MSW Fall 2019

    Hi! Congratulations! I just got my acceptance today too!
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    Columbia University MSW Fall 2019

    @mswgirl11 when did you apply to penn?
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    When you don't feel home

    Hey @CharlieR I experienced this exact thing in my master's and, like you, it left me depressed and unsure. First, and foremost, because you are on a university campus, you should have access to mental health services. I highly recommend that you get in touch with them and see what they can do for you. Having a professional able to counsel you is important. I would suggest that you think of these three choices, 1) to stay and adjust, 2) to transfer, or 3) to quit. As you said, you started in the fall, and sometimes it can take time to adjust. If you cannot find ways to adjust, I would recommend a transfer - especially if you still want to complete a PhD. But, if you think doctoral studies is not really for you, and you don't think you can find ways to deal with the issues causing it (as you said, spending your 20's at your current institution), I would simply recommend quiting. Your happiness and enjoyment in life is important, especially during this crucial period of youth. You can always come back later, it doesn't mean that it's permanently over. A final option might be to request a hiatus so that you can deal with and confront issues bringing dissatisfaction to your life. You may find it has less to do with the university and the campus, and more to do with areas that you aren't able to address being a full-time student. Hope that helps!
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    Embarrassing incident at prof's house

    I agree with everyone else. There's a big difference between a wardrobe malfunction and "Through no fault of my own, I was injured." It's definitely up to you to set the tone. If I had to guess, he was in fight or flight mode, and probably didn't spend very much time looking at your naked-bits. If it had been me with a male student, I'd've grabbed a towel and covered you for modesty until help arrived. And then denied that I had even glanced at anything. If you want to defuse the situation immediately (assuming the professor has a sense of humor), buy a non-slip shower mat, put a bow on it, and present it to him during your meeting. Maybe bring some hummus to snack on. In my experience, when something embarrassing happens, you can either ignore it, and let shame overwhelm you, or you can totally and 100% own it. I find the latter is better for mental-health.
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    Sorry to hear what happened to you, but thankfully, you are fine. Well, accidents do happen, and that's life. I am pretty sure your grad chair was more concerned whether you were okay than the fact that you were naked when he and his daughter found you in the shower. Yes, it's embarrassing, but it was totally out of your control that you got food all over you and then slipped in the shower and hit yourself. I would suggest that you try your best to take things easy and attend the progress update meeting as if nothing has happened. He will probably ask about your injury, just like any other grad students who care about you. If you are not comfortable with going into the details, i.e. thank you for the clothes and shower, then a plain simple "I am fine, thank you" will do. Then focus on what you need to go through with him in the meeting. Remember, that meeting is about your progress, not the incident at his house!
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    J-1 vs F-1

    I am a Canadian on J-1 status. Most students are on F-1 status. There are a few differences, but ultimately, it really boils down to this: If you have a spouse who will move with you to the US and your spouse wants to be able to work, get the J-1 status. Otherwise, get F-1. That is really the only reason to get J-1. There is no difference in the number of entries you get with J-1 vs. F-1. As a Canadian, we do not need a F-1/J-1 visa (i.e. a page in our passport) to enter the US, we can enter as often as we want. However, we do need to maintain F-1/J-1 status (Form I-20 or DS-2019) in order to remain in the US for studying. Other than the spouse working issue, the second biggest difference is the 2-year home residency requirement. If you get an NSERC (home government funding) then you will be subject to this requirement. I have a NSERC PGS-D right now and my DS-2019 has the "home government funding" box ticked off. The requirement means that you must live in Canada for 2 years before you can immigrate to the US. You don't have to go back to Canada right away, just before you immigrate to the US. You also don't have to leave the US. J-1 students can undergo 2-3 years of "Academic Training" (AT) right after their PhD if they get work in their field of study (e.g. a postdoc). This is an extension of your J-1 status. Note: F-1 students have the same benefit, it's just called OPT. Finally, the last difference that I can think of is that J-1 students must maintain a minimum level of health insurance in the US for themselves and their dependents. You must explicitly get insurance that will repatriate your remains to Canada if anything happens to you. Gruesome, but legally required! Overall, as you might notice, there are far more disadvantages/requirements for J-1 than F-1. However, the one advantage for J-1, that your spouse can work, is a huge one and for most people, more than makes up for the disadvantages. This is why I say that the only reason to choose J-1 is if you have a spouse that wants to work in the US (and your spouse cannot get their own work authorization).

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