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  1. 2 points
    The distinction between clinical/ counselling is largely historical. In Canada, or at least where I live, You will see counselling psychologists working in clinical settings and vice versa. For example, I interned at a place where counselling psychologists worked with people with severe PTSD. That being said, in general clinical psychology is aimed at more severe problems, such as working with people in hospitals or who are in a residential treatment program. Counselling psychology might be more things like career counselling, mild to moderate mental health issues, or relationship problems. However, there is so much diversity within the field that it's hard to fit the two into neat little boxes. Generally research experience is still important for getting into counselling, but less so than for clinical. You may have a better shot at course-based (non-thesis) programs, though these will make it harder to get into a PhD if that is your goal. Alberta and Saskatchewan do not require a PhD to practice. Are you able to start volunteering in a lab where you live?
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    The Casella Berger course is the core of what a statistician does (and what will be on your quals if your program has them), and most people don't use much measure theory at all, so definitely don't skip that. It's hard to give advice without knowing the specifics of your program, but there is probably no way to speed up the coursework. If you want to finish quickly, the best thing to do would be to be an RA and establish a good relationship with your advisor so you can get started as soon as possible on your dissertation. But you're not going to be able to do any statistics research without taking a Casella Berger-like class, so just do well in your courses. Failing your quals by not focusing on coursework is one way to guarantee you won't graduate in four years. As for staying happy, I don't think putting an artificial timeline on yourself is going to help. This is going to be a slog, and it'll get done when it gets done. You can obviously try to go quickly (and this depends on your program - Duke is known for getting people out in 4 years) but I wouldn't want to be putting a strict timeline on this. My one tip is to try to have some friends and activities outside of your program. It'll drive you crazy if you just think about statistics 24/7 - if you're able to keep some perspective on the grand scheme of life it'll help take some pressure off.
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    2020 Applicants

    Iā€™m glad it worked out for you. I think most schools are willing to work with you if there are barriers to completing certain parts of your application. Most are genuinely interested in their applicants. Best of luck with your applications! If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a PM.
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    Working backwards, to answer 3 and 4 quickly, I don't think you should retake the GRE and I don't think it's worth taking the math subject test - I don't see you getting into the schools that require it. On question 2, I think the first few schools are unlikely (especially Chicago) and that the Madison-UIUC part of your list should be your targets. On 1, if you could get into a top 5 biostat program, there will be opportunities to do theoretical research. However, your classmates will likely be very interested in applied research and you will be in a public health school surrounded by that. If you really just want to think about math, I think it makes sense to go to a statistics program if you want classmates that share your passion.
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    2019 GEM Fellowship

    Anybody else receive the email today?
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    Yep, you can definitely go for US schools, research experience is much more valuable than GPA. Plus your masters gpa is very good, it will out weigh your undergrad gpa, especially if you explain that in your statement of purpose. You seem to have an excellent application, i think you have a very good chance at some of the top PhD programs. I'd work on networking as your next step. Here's a blog post I wrote that might provide some guidance - https://www.stemgradadmissions.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-networking-for-stem-grad-applicants/. The site is still pre-launch so some of the links are broken, but I think it should still be of some help. good luck!
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    I wrote my methods section first, because it was the easiest to write and by the time I was writing, I had already finished my data collection. I was doing data analysis simultaneously, so that part happened more iteratively - as I conducted my analyses I went back and edited sections to make them accurate to what I did. I wrote the results next, as that was second-easiest. Methods, data analysis, and results altogether took me from early September through mid-December to complete (including reviews of drafts and consultation with my advisers), so around 2.5 months. I wrote the intro/literature review next. (In mine, the intro and the literature review are two separate sections, but the intro is very short - like 6 pages). It took me about 2-3 months to do this, so I worked on it from January to March-ish. It was easier to do this because now I knew what I was introducing, so I tailored my lit review to refer very specifically to previous research/theoretical work that pointed to the precise kind of research and analyses I ended up doing. If you write your lit review before doing your methods and results, you may have to go back and edit a lot to tailor your lit review to your work. I didn't do an iterative review process with this - I drafted the entire thing and sent it as a huge complete chunk to my adviser. Perhaps risky, but I knew from previous experience that I wouldn't have months and months of comments back, so that's what I did. Then I wrote the discussion. This was the hardest part to write for me and I hated it, but I think it took me about a month - so I was done in April-ish. That was just enough time for me to get the comments from my lit review back, which I addressed in like 2-3 weeks, and then comments for my discussion, which I also addressed in maybe 1-2 weeks. I did not update my lit review unless I was aware that a new work had been published - so I didn't go looking for works that had been published in the last 2 months since I had submitted my draft. But I was receiving article alerts from journals and people also sometimes sent me articles, so if I received something and I knew where it would fit well, I wove it in.
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    Applying to brand-new faculty?

    New faculty can be some of the best mentors, because they will have more time to spend with you. Also, you will be one of the first graduate students with them, that makes it a little special. However, I noticed last cycle that some of the new faculty were the most critical/anxious when at interview weekend. You also have to be prepared to not have many of your questions a, answered, since there won't be any current graduate students to ask and most students won't know the professor.
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    The Positivity Thread

    I completed my Roman Drama summer course, which means I'm officially 50% of the way through my MA in Classical Studies šŸ˜„
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    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    Yep. I'm moving from a city with one of if not THE best public transit systems in the country, and it's saddening.
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    WAMC <what are my chances> Fall 2020

    Looks great to me- seems to me like you're an all-rounder šŸ˜ƒ On your worries: - Not enough research: being a PI is great; you have quite a few posters/powerpoint presentations which is a plus - Not enough publications: Correct me if I'm wrong, but most people do not have publications before starting their PhD; just wondering, what do you mean by "in progress" (drafting, written, submitted for review, in review, etc.)? - Low undergrad GPA: you've shown with your Masters GPA that when you do focus on your academics you can do very well. I wouldn't be too worried about this if I were you. Good luck!
  12. 1 point
    Good luck to you all! So many memories, so many tears; I miss it in some sick way.

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