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  1. All is well my dude. You have 3 interviews to clinical psychology programs; the most competitive graduate degree in the country. There will always be someone with more interviews, more publications, and a higher salary. This field is filled with rejection at every step of your career. Schools will reject you, internships will toss your application in the trash, and reviewers will tear your manuscripts to shreds. It sounds like you worked hard to get where you are. But there are others who worked just as hard who have weaker applications because their PI wasn't a productive scholar or
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  2. As a faculty member, this week has been overwhelming and chaotic for us all. Given how scared and uncertain students (and faculty) have felt this week, having recently learned of the existence of GradCafe it occurred to me that hearing from a faculty member might be helpful to some of you and so I planned to start a post expressing my support. However, upon seeing this thread, I wanted to address the initial poster's concern first and then share my thoughts (albeit - I am just one perspective). My university, like so many, has moved to online-only instruction until mid-April, at minimum.
    34 points
  3. Accepted off the Michigan waitlist! Beyond thrilled.
    29 points
  4. Thanks! Good luck to everyone! I deduced that I received 0 invites this cycle and will try my best for the next cycle. For those with even just a single interview, know that hundreds of applicants would die to be in your shoes. I'm a bit heartbroken (0 invites from 10+ applications), but also have the foresight and resilience to get through another year. I'm just happy I get to finally take off these worry pants and go back to the focused grind. Best of luck to those with interviews and those still holding out!
    28 points
  5. I'm ducking in to wish all applicants good luck during this interview season! I’m a faculty member, and I have now observed a number of application cycles at multiple institutions, including my own graduate program. I haven’t yet cracked the code to reducing the stress for my own trainees as they apply to doctoral programs, but because the ambiguity of the process can be the most stress-inducing, I thought I’d share some information that my trainees often find helpful. Long post ahead, and, disclaimer, the below is my opinion based on my experience and observation over the years and should not
    28 points
  6. Rani13

    2020 Applicants

    That would be me. My first acceptance and I’m thrilled.
    27 points
  7. MichelleObama

    2020 Decisions

    After a ridiculously wonderful visit at Yale, I've decided not to visit Michigan and Cornell and have officially accepted Yale's offer. SUCH PEACE!
    26 points
  8. Hi everyone! I just wanted to offer some encouragement during this super stressful, ridiculous process. This is my third time applying for programs. The first time, fresh out of undergrad but feeling lucky, I applied to 5 PhD programs. Got waitlisted at one (which I'm confident was an accident) and was rejected from all the others. On a whim and literally while in my Social Psych class, I applied to a Clinical Psych Masters program and got in with a full assistantship! I figured I'd get more experience and try again. Second time, during my Masters, I was feeling super confident and p
    24 points
  9. Anyone else want to get their rejections so they can move on with their life? 😂
    24 points
  10. Annnnd I just accepted my offer from the University of Pennsylvania. This was an agonizing decision but I'm convinced that I've made the right choice. So pleased to be joining a program featuring so many brilliant and generous scholars in and beyond my field. Equally thrilled to be doing a PhD in a city that I know and love. My path to the PhD has been rough, and for a long time I did not expect to get here at all, so this feels especially sweet.
    23 points
  11. just got my Michigan offer. 6 years funding. Fuck.
    23 points
  12. IN AT YALE!!! IM GOING TO LOSE MY MIND I DON'T KNOW WHO I AM ANYMORE
    23 points
  13. So I think I will propose research to see the prevalence of psychiatric disorders caused by PhD application process.
    23 points
  14. I’m thinking of pulling a “George” & just showing up on interview day at my #1 school & acting like I was invited.
    23 points
  15. Anyone else's brain like: "omg its Jan 2- the holidays are over please read my application now!!!" Two weeks from now, a lot of us will be hearing some great news! I know it's hard to stay positive but as an over achiever who was rejected by all the universities I applied to last year, I promise you that whatever happens, you will be okay. If anyone needs someone to talk to and confide in my DMs are always open :). Wishing you all success in this new year and please remember that you all are applying to literally the hardest graduate program in the country.
    23 points
  16. Hi everyone, 1st year clinical (Ph.D.) student here. I remember being in your place around this time last year (and several years before that), and found myself reminiscing how awful all those feelings were during “application” season. The uncertainty, checking my emails at all hours of the day, comparing my stats; background/experiences to other equally competitive applicants, refreshing the stupid forums and invites pages at every minute- ALL of it. It took me 3 application rounds to finally be accepted, at my “dream” institution, with a PI who I “dreamed” of working with (For refe
    23 points
  17. I've officially accepted my offer to Tufts! What a wild ride. I was quite petrified when I decided to decline the deferral Oregon offered me for 2020, but deep down I knew I wouldn't attempt that move for a second time after the first was such a nightmare. I think Tufts is a better fit, and I'm looking forward to having a more personal experience with my POI's and the department in general. The substantially higher stipend and lighter teaching load don't hurt either! Thank you to everyone who has endured my complaining, poor attempts at humor, and obsession with my cats over the last few
    22 points
  18. I pledge allegiance To the Susans* Of the Princeton University English department And to the novel For which it stands ... *Wolfson and Stewart obvs --- Okay I'll stop now. My heart is being pulled in 10,000 directions and beating very fast because I wasn't expecting anything over the weekend but ... I just ... got in ... to Princeton. I know it's obnoxious but I'm posting 1. For posterity, so people know this can happen 2. Because my entire family asked me repeatedly over Christmas "What will you do if you get rejected from everywhere?" and I was so ter
    22 points
  19. jm6394

    2020 Applicants

    Every email I get today drives me crazy and ends up being like:
    22 points
  20. 😭 I’m in at UVA!!! Omg I found out in the middle of a 3 hour class, ha. Idk what to do with myself. My first acceptance!!
    22 points
  21. MichelleObama

    2020 Applicants

    In at Cornell!!!
    22 points
  22. Holy sh*t, I'm in at Yale!
    22 points
  23. Heading to Yale!!!!!!!!! Was genuinely so tough to decide between Yale, Princeton and Columbia, as they were all legitimately tied as #1 in my mind and each had unique strengths for me personally, but something about New Haven just already felt like home. Whether that was just because they had their visit days and Princeton/Columbia didn't, it's a little hard to say, but at one point I just had to say to myself that counterfactuals aren't helpful in this scenario, it is what it is, and I have to go with my gut. If I'm honest I'm going to feel pretty sad about turning down Princeton/Columb
    21 points
  24. Committed just now to Cornell's Medieval Studies PhD program, good luck to everyone else!
    21 points
  25. I think that's it for this cycle for me. There's not really a point to this post other than maybe some kind of closure? I've checked this site countless times a day for so many months, but there's no need anymore, not right now anyway. But, I did want to say thank you to everyone who responded to my questions and everyone who has been so inspirational and kind. You all made my first process a little bit easier, so thank you. Might I even dare to say that I'll miss checking this site for awhile. Thank you all, please keep pushing, I am sincerely SO proud of all of you on this site. Go get those
    21 points
  26. meghan_sparkle

    2020 Acceptances

    In at Yale with the kindest email I've ever read from the DGS oh my god
    21 points
  27. Ahhhh! I got into UCLA’s HPM program! I am beyond thrilled. I was getting SO nervous. This is my THIRD time applying to doctoral programs and I’ve been working in research for 8 years. YAY!
    21 points
  28. After four rejections in a row, received a Yes from Brown!
    21 points
  29. meghan_sparkle

    2020 Acceptances

    I was just about to go to bed and I got into UC Berkeley 😭 EDIT: Just noticed the line: "The Berkeley English Department has nominated you for a prestigious university fellowship; as soon as we know the outcome of that nomination, I will be back in touch to clarify the offer." WHAT??! WHAT!
    21 points
  30. Me, trying to remind myself that I’m not complete trash after dealing with this stress the last few weeks:
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  32. I've accepted NYU! In light of the pandemic, staying close to home is a big plus for me right now. And, having the ability to commute (though I'd really rather not) in light of the present day-to-day ambiguity is a versatility I couldn't say no to. The funny thing is that NYU was my dream choice for undergrad and they rejected me. A no isn't a no forever
    20 points
  33. spikeseagulls

    2020 Acceptances

    In at Santa Barbara!
    20 points
  34. Dear friends, I have some just wonderful news for you. I got into the Harvard School of Public Health Master of Science (Epidemiology) program, and will be taking it in addition to continuing my post-doc fellowship here at the medical school. I didn't get into the doctorate program, but this will give me an opportunity to finish my projects here and to fulfill my dream of being a physician-scientist. Whether I re-apply for the PhD remains to be seen, but my application for the next cycle might be more competitive. I am indebted to my professors here for pulling strings so that the financial bu
    20 points
  35. Found out this afternoon that I'm in at Penn State!! I was nearly crying when I got off the phone with the DGS. I am still in shock.
    20 points
  36. Me thinking about the schools I applied to
    20 points
  37. My two cents from applying to clinical psychology programs FOUR times and having a wholly different experience this time around: Selecting Programs Apply to the maximum number of programs for which: You can make a compelling argument for research fit with a faculty member (see below for further fit discussion). You can honestly imagine yourself attending. Do not overthink this one, but don't under-think it either. If you find yourself considering something as a "safety", but when you imagine yourself only getting that offer, you feel like you would c
    19 points
  38. tinymica

    2020 Applicants

    I’m......in at BU. What? What? I...HUH?
    19 points
  39. Welp, I received my last application decision last night. So I guess this cycle is over for me! I'll be posting my profile in the other thread once I make my decision (probably on Sunday). I wish everyone the best of luck with the remainder of the cycle!
    19 points
  40. I just want to thank everyone for their kind words after my last post. I spent an hour or so today talking with one of my professors in my MA program and she really made me feel a lot better. Like...yes, the tenure track job is a nightmare, but it's not the only option for folks with a PhD. I can teach at a private high school, work in publishing or grant writing, etc., and that to me would by no means be the end of the world. I'm also in game studies, so there's a chance I could end up with an industry job. (Of course, I'd love a tenure track job, but more than anything I want to make sure I
    19 points
  41. Am having the world's worst day otherwise but: Harvard!
    19 points
  42. I was rejected from Cornell's Comparative Literature program but had my application forwarded to Medieval Studies and ROSE FROM THE ASHES LIKE A MF PHOENIX, LADIES AND GENTS WITH THAT ACCEPTANCE FROM THEM! Super thrilled about this offer even though I made the DGS uncomfy by sobbing on the phone at him when he told me.
    19 points
  43. Can we all just collectively close our eyes and see if we can make time jump? If it could be like, Thursday, that would be super. Or March. March would be good too. The continued waiting....... madness.
    19 points
  44. School: Columbia University Type of Program: Counseling Psychology PhD Acceptance Date: 2/14/20 POI: BV Dreams. Come. True.
    19 points
  45. I'm deeply relieved to contribute to this board after receiving acceptances from both Yale and Georgetown (MA)! I got my Yale acceptance an hour before I started a Friday night double shift. As a bartender, I get asked about 900 times a day how I'm doing or how my day has been and since Dec 15, I have wanted to say "I spent a sh*t load of money to put my future in the hands of several strangers and am currently waiting to receive judgment on an application I have spent years and hundreds of hours developing, and now I'm just waiting on the confirmation that I'm a full POS. What can I get you?"
    19 points
  46. pinkfruit

    2020 Acceptances

    Acceptance from Duke's Literature program! 😳
    19 points
  47. Just waitlisted at Carnegie Mellon! This is my first choice school. I am bawling my eyes out at the chance to attend.
    19 points
  48. Cryss

    2020 Applicants

    Yay!!! Got accepted to WashU!!!
    19 points
  49. Congrats on the Duke acceptance, @poeticdweller—certainly starting things off on the right foot! As for me...I just got an acceptance email from Ohio State? At this point I thought at best they’d give me a slap on the wrist for double-dipping since it’s the same institution where I got my MFA, but wow wow wow, I’m excited! Taking a course with Jim Phelan is what convinced me I wanted to study narrative theory and pursue an academic PhD in the first place, so this is all very nice and poetic and all that—but mostly it’s just unexpected and I plan to be freaking out about it for quite some
    19 points
  50. A very accomplished PI said something to me at a holiday party that has really resonated with me and hopefully will help others as well. I was discussing how I couldn't wait to get into a program and finally start my career/life. He stopped me and said no, you've already started. This is the early stages of your career. You are succeeding now, working as a research assistant, building a solid CV. The next step is a PhD, but it's not the beginning. So, friends. You've already started. You're well on your way! Hope you all had a lovely holiday 🙂
    19 points


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