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Kinkster

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  1. A few months ago, I was accepted to an MA program in psychology but as fall is quickly approaching, I feel like I am losing interest in my proposed research area; I never thought I would lose interest in my specific field, but I just don't see myself continuing. I guess I went through a bit of an epiphany and found a new interest that I am passionate about. I have recently looked into transferring to another separate degree program within the same department and school. Is this a good idea? Would it be wise if I dropped an email to the coordinator expressing my interest in the program? Would it seem awkward, especially as a new graduate student? If anyone has any experience with transferring within an academic department, please share your thoughts, experience, and ideas! I would be very grateful! I guess my biggest fear is if they reject my attempt to transfer and I get stuck in a field I've lost interest in. Oh if it helps, I am not on any research or teaching assistantships. Thank you!
  2. omg I am still waiting... I also need to hear about some sort of funding? Hello?

  3. Hey guys I hope to get some perspective here. So I have applied to some MA and Ph.D. programs in psychology. Go to the school where debt is at least minimized? Renowned prof? Here's my situation: 1) I got accepted to a Ph.D. program in neuropsych even though I applied for social psych (I have a solid neuro track record), but with no funding. However, the Chair of the Department mentioned that some of the current students in the Ph.D. program paid their way for the first year but received assistance (tuition waivers and stipends) after the first year. I am a little hesitant to go here since nothing is guaranteed per se. 2) Accepted to a masters program at a school where there is a possibility to work with a renowned and prolific professor in my field of interest. He has published many articles (about 150), textbooks, served on editorial boards for various journals, was an editor for two well-known journals, and seems to be at the forefront and a pioneer of a developing new field. It seems like he has a great deal of connections and influence. However, I would have to incur some debt. The Department website indicated that a little over 95% of their masters students go on to fully funded Ph.D. programs (including their own department). 3) Accepted to a university where I may be able to secure a Teaching Assistantship. It's a solid program in NYC and the living costs is what bothers me. I seem to like it and wouldn't mind attending this school but I would still incur debt here, even with TAship. From what I've learned, there seems to be no scholarships for grads. 4) Then there is a school in L.A. and I would have to incur debt here as well but they offer a range of scholarships for grads to apply to but again, it isn't guaranteed. 5) Finally, I am waiting to hear a decision from one school that does offer full funding to masters candidates. Oh boy, I am having a tough time deciding...Where should I go? BTW my application credentials are solid but pretty average.
  4. I really don't think it matters. It's what you feel comfortable with. I switched to a Mac and it's fairly easy to get used to.
  5. Having a great and supportive advisor makes a huge difference, especially if you plan on doing research in the future. Go for the program that would best develop your talents and interests.
  6. Given your rankings, I'd go with UCONN with the full ride. I agree with Fade, Solid reputation and minimal debt is what you want to aim for.
  7. That comment was hilarious! I saw the post and was absolutely shocked! It was very scathing and unprofessional. Maybe that's why the individual didn't get in...
  8. ETS is a big headache. I can't believe they raised the price to prey on people, especially given the economic situation.
  9. Kinkster

    Wisconsin 2010

    I don't know if there is any flesh to this and it's probably based on hearsay, so don't take my words too seriously. I heard that for some programs, U Wisc.-Madison is notorious for having students fend for themselves in terms of funding. Again, I don't know how truthful this is based on just reading it somewhere on the internet...
  10. I like Fuzzy Logician's idea. Nothing too fancy as it may come off as desperate or trying a little too hard. Getting a bookmark sounds like a perfect idea, it happens to be a gift you picked up along the way but it also shows that it's the thought that counts. In any case, do what you feel is comfortable. Congrats on the interview!
  11. I have received an email today from my POI inviting me to interview weekend. What does this mean? Is there a good chance I will be accepted? What typically happens during interview weekend?
  12. I think it really depends on the department and the POI. I talked to one prof and he said straight up that he doesn't accept undergrads from the same university. One poster referred to it as "academic incest" and that is what he basically told me. You should talk to your professors because sometimes, they will consider it.
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