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  1. I don't know, because I don't think I was accepted, but whatever you wear, don't wear a suit. I visited there and stupidly showed up in a suit jacket and skirt set and I was the single only person at the whole event, in any major, wearing a suit.

    Thank you that is very helpful. I was actually wondering about that, it doesn't seem like a suit type of school, but I do want to make a good impression.

    What were most people wearing?


  2. Hi,

    I have been accepted to the Psychology program (MA). I received a letter in the mail on Monday (3/15).

    Does anyone have any info to share about the program? What is it like? Is it hard to get into the PhD program? What's the general demographic? I don't know much about the program, though I love the location and the fact that it is liberal and diverse.

    I wish you all the best of luck and hope to see you in the Fall.

    -A. Shrink


  3. I have applied to NYU and CUNY and haven't been contacted since I have submitted my applications in December. No interview no wait-list. Do you think I have any chance of getting in or are they just too busy (or rude) to let me know that I was rejected?


  4. I am reluctant to contact a few schools who haven't yet responded. From what I'm seeing most of the applicants who requests a status update seems to get rejected. Now I don't think that they reject accepted students based on their inquiry, but I wonder if they view inquiries as annoying and perhaps an easy way to lessen the great amount of applicants by removing them from the big pile, just because they had a question. Or on a more rational note, most the people that need to inquire are more likely to get rejected being that they weren't accepted for the first round.

    Am I crazy? Does anyone else notice the pattern?


  5. Hello,

    Luckily, I have been accepted into two programs, a developmental psychology PhD program at FIU (though I can get my MA in mental health counseling) and a general psych. MA program that leads to a clinical psych. PhD, at The New School (students must complete an MA in general psych at this program before applying to the PhD program, though acceptance isn't guaranteed (3/4 chance)).

    Now the issue is that I would like to get a PhD clinical psychology. Although I enjoy research and teaching, I would like to get strong cliicl training. Although I am not very familiar with the program, The New School ranks higher than FIU, but it is much more expensive and it doesn't guarantee acceptance to the PhD program (and I don't know how far a MA in general psych will get me). Either way I'm going to have to hustle; with a PhD in development I am going to have to work hard to obtain clinical training and at The New School I'm going to have to work hard to get into the PhD program.

    Then of course there are issues about relocating to NYC finding jobs/housing/schools for my family, but what I need to zero in on first is, which the program or risk worth investing in.

    What are your thoughts on the matter? Have you had any experience in either of the two programs? Do you have any general advice about the training or funding?

    Thank you for hearing me out and I wish the best of luck to you all.

    -Aspiring Shrink


  6. Though aggravating, it doesn't necessarily mean rejection.

    Did you apply for an MA or PhD?

    MA programs sometimes give responses later

    Some schools are swamped with apps and haven't had time to sort through them all.

    But if you haven't heard a thing yet, I don't think it would be rude for you to call the office or email the POI and inquire about the status of your application.

    Let us know how things work out.

    Good luck,

    A. Shrink


  7. HORRIBLE!!!

    I was in a similar situation, though not nearly as painful. Where I took a sizable pay cut in my salary so that I could take the time to do research with a POI at a school I was applying to. Turns out the day after I submitted my application, she tells me that he's not taking on any students for this coming year.


  8. Great question:

    There are many hoops you need to jump through. The first hoop is numbers, being that there are many more applicants than spots, the colleges sift through the applications based on GPA, GRE. If you make the cut then you have to have a good statement, strong letters of support and research (for psychology). After that it's really about making connections, networking. If you have been in contact with a professor over the course of six months and then they see your name in the application folder you have a much better chance of being noticed. I wish I would have been more proactive in this sense.

    Good luck and please let me know how things work out.

    -A.S.


  9. There is no problem mentioning non-academic factors that draw you to the program in fact I've read that interviewing appreciate it. However, I would be careful not to mention them as primary factors.

    For example you might say "I find your program at UM to be a perfect fit as numerous professors focus their research on x,y and z. Also it is in a beautiful city full of sunshine and natural beauty which I find conducive to my studies etc." as opposed to saying "I really hope to get in to UCLA because my parole officer won't let me leave the state"

    Good luck!


  10. Is the person who got into FIU's developmental program here? I didn't apply to that program but another psychology program. Did you sign onto my.fiu.edu? Then see the check mark at on the application status area? Just wanted to see how I could tell if I had been accepted.

    Hi I may be the person you're looking for. I was accepted to FIU Lifespan Development program, you can go on the site and click "application status" on the left, if you were accepted then there would be a green check next to the application submission info. that says admitted. If not call the office 305-348-2881

    Good luck and please let me know how it works out.


  11. Two rejections stinks, but I wouldn't give up hope just yet.

    Anyway if you do get an interview, what they generally want to know is the following:



    • Why you?
    • Why here?
    • Can you handle it?
    • If accepted, will you come?

    Although questions come in many forms, this is what they want to know.

    They also want to know that you are a team player, have a sense of humor and work hard. One annoying question, yet important, is what are your weaknesses? and don't say, none

    Good luck and please let us know how it works out.


  12. Hello,

    I am in the same boat, nearly 30, 2 kids. The advice I received was to use information that is pertinent to the interview. You don't need to mention it unless you feel that it will work to your advantage. However if you are asked about your persona/family life I see no reason to hide any information. What I would do is think of a way to respond with a positive spin i.e. "my wife and kids would be thrilled to move to Colorado given the beautiful nature etc" or "Being married with children, while studying and working helped me hone my multitasking skills so I am eager to undertake this next challenge"

    Best of luck,


  13. *Glowing LOR

    *Strong background in research

    *Interesting life experiences (spent two years of high school in other countries learning about different cultures)

    *Solid work experience (teaching for 8 years, manager of home for mentally disabled, volunteered for two years in an orphanage in Ukraine)

    *Broad interests (HIV, coping, marriage, adolescence, education, spirituality)

    *Hard worker

    I believe that I would add flavor and diversity to a program, so for the last time:

    Attention all graduate programs: it would be in your best interests to accept me (quickly) into your program and offer me full scholarship, TA, RA, and fellowships.


  14. I'll bite...mostly because I desperately need a pick-me-up :)

    Reasons programs should want me:

    -published--first author on one! multiple papers in prep/review

    -LORs--all my writers said they wrote glowing letters (and I have no reason to think they're lying!)

    -massive amounts of experience after undergrad--full-time RA position, then M.A. program ranked #2 of its kind

    -highly rated teaching experience

    -received several research grants

    -presented my research both in poster and in talk form

    I *really* think this thread could help people prep for interviews--it's so hard to brag on yourself!

    EDIT: Wow, that was difficult, and I'm first, ahhh! But I feel better :D

    You're getting in sister, no doubt in my mind.


  15. Good question.

    I am pursuing a PhD because I want to do a number of things; I would like to teach psychology, conduct research, have a private practice and hopefully write books. An eventual dream would be to teach online, so I can travel the world and visit other cultures and communities and have time for writing and public speaking.

    Hey, a man can dream.


  16. Firstly your post is really funny.

    Secondly I hope you'll see my response being that you posted yesterday.

    Lastly you have to handicap yourself, this year the sheer number of applicants lowers our individual odds considerably. I gave myself an honest assessment; my GPA is average, my GRE scores are OK, I have excellent letters of recommendation, substantial research and an interesting life experience. Many schools won't even find out about the two years I volunteered in a Russian orphanage or the fact that I speak four languages or that I have rabbinical ordination, because my scores aren't perfect. I don't know many professors, which I believe is what gets people in (or at least noticed). But if you have a good GPA, GRE, LOR, and a good statement of purpose, you have a good chance of getting in somewhere.

    To be honest I have worked with a professor for the last to years at a school that was my first choice, and it turned out that she wasn't taking on students this year and I didn't know the other professors and I got rejected, it sucks but I put too much energy into applications that I don't have any left to get worked up. At this point getting into any program that I applied to is a blessing.

    Hope this ramble was helpful and the best of luck to you.

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