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  1. @Psychological Yam @ikillberejected Well shoot! That's not very helpful! See if this PDF version works. aptguide.pdf
  2. Hey! I'm attaching a spreadsheet of apartment recommendations (and anti-recommendations) for you, @ikillberejected, and @MrSergazinov that some grad students have put together. Always feel free to reach out to current students in your new departments for recommendations as well! Jobs in the area aren't bad, but if he does need to move away Houston is a little bit closer than Austin (and definitely closer than Dallas). He might consider trying to find a job within the university system. @ikillberejected: if you're planning on biking only, I'd consider getting an apartment close
  3. Ally also has some of the best interest rates on savings accounts! I love that bank
  4. That's a lot! I'm relatively new to podcasts. I started listening with the first season of Serial, and went from that to Undisclosed. I also listen to the TED Radio Hour, This American Life, Invisibilia, and The West Wing Weekly. I've loved all of those so far, but I think Serial and Invisibilia are my favorites.
  5. Did anyone else know that it's National Moscato Day?!? Well, happy National Moscato Day! Does anyone have any good podcast recommendations? I'm getting ready to go on a cross-country road trip and I need something to keep me occupied Bonus points if they're psychology related!
  6. Also! Depending on the school, you'll have to see if the email links for your letter writers get sent before or after you formally submit the application. There were a few schools I applied to where you had to complete the entire application and submit/pay before an email link was sent to your recommenders. One application (for a public school in Texas) used something similar to the Common App where I had to submit my application, then wait up to two weeks for a personalized code/link for a secondary application that I could use to finish the app and send email links to my letter writers. I di
  7. I did an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of the programs and application costs. I'm attaching a link, and it should take you to Google Drive if it works I also had a checklist for Microsoft Word that I printed out. It helped to have it attached to my fridge so I could physically check this list off as I sent stuff in and as my recommenders sent in their letters. Finally, I made a checklist for my recommenders. It had my name, GPA, GRE scores and percentiles, classes I had taken with them and the grades I earned, info on if I was in their lab or in a club they were active in, and a l
  8. @th3rdthatcher - A lot of the I/O programs I applied to asked for both my cGPA and my last 2 years' GPAs in the application. Both were around a 3.3, and my GRE was a 320 combined. I got into three top 20 schools. Personally, I think your profile looks great. I'm not on an admissions committee though, so take it with a grain of salt I'd start studying for the GRE now, and try to take it by the end of the summer so you have enough time to take it again by the end of October if you need to. You can also address your GPA in your personal statement by saying that you got off to a rough start, but
  9. No, OP expressed interest in the Business Psychology program. Did you look at the CSPP's website? There's an I/O track, but there's also a consulting track or an organizational leadership track. That's also why I asked the follow up - What are OP's research interests? Why business psych? Why international psych? There isn't a lot of overlap between the two programs. Not to mention the whole goal of the International Psych track as stated by the program itself is to send people off to applied settings. Both the Organizations & Systems and Trauma Intervention concentrations require a ma
  10. Yeah...I'd say find a different school. The article @thegradcafebarrista mentioned does say that the Chicago campus (and ONLY the Chicago campus) is APA accredited, but that article and several bad reviews are stuff that pops up right away when you google the place. That leads me to believe that the CSPP doesn't have a great reputation in the community. Also, business psych isn't really a field - I/O psych is. Follow up question though - what are your research interests? International or business psych seem like different fields. What are you hoping to focus on?
  11. The observership may not help with research credibility, but it is a great experience to have on a CV and to list in your personal statement. Hopefully it'll be a good way to network as well. I had a 3.3 GPA out of undergrad, and I found it helpful to aim for at least a 320 overall GRE score. For the most part your GRE is what's going to get your foot in the door; it's what keeps your name on the list during the first cut. I don't think it's critical that all three areas are 90th percentile, but it's a good goal to have. I didn't actually even win the grant! One of the things my mentor me
  12. I can't help you, but I'm trying to do the same thing and would love to see other people's responses!
  13. Last time around I was rejected from all schools, too. It's an awful feeling, but it's not a poor reflection on you personally. Don't beat yourself up. Give yourself time to be sad, and decided whether or not you really want to go to grad school. If you do, fantastic! Here's what I did: I retook my GRE's and spent a lot of time studying. Volunteered in a lab (even though I had graduated). Took an online graduate certificate course from a mildly well known university. Attended two local conferences (undergrad/university level) for a poster presentation. Star
  14. If we can survive the grad application process, I'm sure we'll survive meowing cats! They don't seem to mind too much, but if I'm stopping at a hotel I'll make sure to leave food out for an hour or so. It gives them time to eat, but also restricts them enough that hopefully they've expelled what they need to before we start driving again the next morning. The worst experience I had with moving them was after I shipped them via airplane and had to drive them afterwards. We had to attach little things of cat food to the carriers in case they were delayed/stuck somewhere, and some kind soul
  15. My dog does great in the car. I agree with @rising_star about using La Quintas. They're usually great, you get a free breakfast, and they're always pet friendly. I've read too many stories about dogs dying in the cargo holds of airplanes to even consider it, and I have a big ole doggy who would be way to expensive to fly anyways @yayspace - My cats fight sedation too, and it makes them awful to drive with. I found that if I don't sedate them they'll start to settle down about an hour into the drive. If you can make it through that first hour with music/podcasts/selective hearing, you ma
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