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  1. Thank you all for contributing. I think taking these classes is the way to go because I called the department and they said my graduate GPA would be considered for admission. Therefore, if my graduate GPA is higher than my undegrad (which it should be) this could be more beneficial. I also agree with Jung in the sense that I need stronger LORs and right now I don't have any from the psych department. By taking these grad classes I think I will be able to make some further connections and strengthen my research experience. Jung, thanks for the shadowing suggestion. I never even considered t
  2. Basically, did you read any graduate admissions books prior to applying to grad school? Was/were there any particular one(s) that stood out?
  3. Thank you jullietmercredi! This is exactly the kind of advice I was looking for. I really appreciate your input, the "academic cover letter" makes a lot more sense.
  4. How employable is a general psychology master's? Maybe I'm wrong but I don't see how it would be that much more employable than a bachelors of psychology, except perhaps in retail management or Human Resources/Business oriented fields? And even then wouldn't they want people with MBAs and Human Resources degrees? My goal is to pay down some of my debt prior to going for my Ph.D. (if I can even make it there at all). I see how accumulating as little debt as possible would be the way to go, but I also want to make sure that I am not blindly getting a masters in a degree area that isn't particula
  5. Thanks Eigen; however, I am taking grad level classes. I asked the director of the HF Ph.D. program of my school whether or not these would factor into the application process. He said it was beneficial (given my lower undergrad GPA) because applications for grad school are intended to measure how well you can potentially succeed in graduate school. If I am getting As in graduate level coursework, despite my low undergrad GPA, it shows my potential. I initially started this certificate because it is somewhat related to my field of study and I also have the opportunity to take classes that HF g
  6. Thanks Bren, I will check things out on there; however, I tried looking at the Human Factors equivalent of that hfes.org but of course you need a membership to look at the job postings.
  7. Lypiphera & PsychGirl- Thank you. I really have tried looking for paid RA positions. All of the postings I have seen require a nursing degree or at least one year experience. I even called the local hospital HR department and she said they typically only hire qualified clinical professionals-i.e. nurses or physical therapists. I would love to gain experience in this but I cannot even get my foot in the door. I am not a "degree seeking graduate student" therefore, I am not eligible for any paid positions on campus, in any lab or in any discipline at all. There are no labs willing to pay me
  8. RubyBright-Thank you, I had not considered using a temp agency but that may be a good strategy at this point. JungWild&Free-Thank you, I had not considered this before. I don't know if there is an equivalent but I will ask my professors and grad students in the field and see if they know anything. I tried doing an internet search but I was unsuccessful at finding any openings. I appreciate the info.
  9. Sorry I don't think I made it super clear in my first post that I am volunteering right now in a lab related to human performance, specifically team performance. Since I am not a "degree seeking" graduate student I am not eligible for any paid positions. I am working with a grad student on his dissertation study and he should be graduating this summer or fall depending on data collection. I have asked around at the lab and there are no paid positions other than fellowship/RA positions for degree seeking students. I am in limbo because I am not quite a "real" grad student but not an undergradua
  10. Thank you for your input. I just wanted to make sure I had a cohesive topic that doesn't sound like I'm making excuses. Maybe I could approach it from the aspect of my current graduate work. I am currently enrolled in a post-bacc certificate program. Maybe I should approach it from the stance that my interest in several different majors actually stems from an interest in interdisciplinary fields (I'm working on a Cog Sci certificate)? In this way I can describe how I am fit for graduate study at this particular school due to their interdisciplinary focus?
  11. I have already started studying for the GRE, but right now I am using Kaplan prep materials. Is there an advantage to using more than one prep book? Or are all the books pretty similar? I briefly browsed them in the bookstore but I didn't have lots of time to choose one when I did. I'm wondering if Barron's might be best? It seems to be the book used in most prep courses my campus offers. I've also been researching manhattan and that seems to get good reviews as well. I am looking for something that doesn't just focus on the basics as I have taken Algebra, Trig, Stats I, Calc I and Calc II
  12. I don't want to make the rookie mistake of choosing a poor topic for my SOP. The schools I am choosing to apply to primarily ask about future goals and plans (why you are choosing that school/faculty directly). I was thinking about elaborating on my undergrad experience in moving from a clinical focus to a more research-oriented academic path. I changed my major from biology (pre-med) to psychology. In pre-med I did lots of internships and volunteer work, from that I gleaned that the clinical aspects of psychology and medicine are not what I am passionate about. Do you think this topic is comp
  13. Thank you both for the input. I am already taking graduate level classes in a post-bacc certificate program. I am doing well and it is covered by financial aid (some loans). My only concern is funding. I was under the impression that essentially it is impossible to get funding in an M.S. or M.A. program. I have a bunch of debt from undergrad and no stable employment options. I have been putting in applications everywhere and I can find nothing full time with benefits. I can't support myself on just one part time job and I really want to go into research. Volunteering in the lab becomes less pl
  14. I graduated college with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology last summer. I really struggled my entire undergraduate career because I funded my entire education by myself: through loans and working full-time, at various local bars/restaurants, and a small scholarship. I legitimately had no idea how I would pay for some semesters, so I just kept working as much as possible to compensate. I'm not making excuses, I clearly underperformed. I feel the stress of financing my education really affected my performance. (In high school I had an amazing GPA and was an I.B. student so its not laziness or
  15. Thank you! My only concern is that I won't even make it because my GPA is so low. Most of the schools I am applying to have a cut off of 3.0, but the median GPAs of acceptances are around 3.8s. I'm considering 3 Ph.D. and 3 Master's programs. The problem is my state only offers two Ph.D. programs in Human Factors. Even if I got funding, the private school is out of the question. I could never afford it. As a whole there are not many HF programs around the U.S. Its cut throat and super competitive. I know getting a Masters may be the way to go, I'm just concerned about funding. Since I real
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