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Everything posted by JoePianist

  1. These instances are very rare, unfortunately
  2. I can tell you that timing of application submission is not a factor.
  3. I don’t attend those programs, but the remaining element I’m wondering about is your choice of mentors at these programs. Some professors are going to be more competitive than others to apply working under in their lab. Also, a lot of the time, professors tend to lean towards choosing mentees of their friends from outside institutions.
  4. Sounds like you’re leaning towards the last choice.
  5. 1) If you’re taking a flight at the airport, I’d recommend calling the airline and requesting wheelchair escort service – having to walk through long corridors in crutches is going to be a rough time. 2) If you haven’t already, let your interview coordinator/contact person know that you’ll be in crutches so they can arrange accommodations for you. My guess is that you’ll be able to sit down during the social events, and current students will be the ones coming to you to chat. Also, no need to stress about attending in crutches – if anything, I believe this can work in your favor by showing the interviewers and graduate committee that you were willing to attend and participate to the best of your ability despite healing from an injury or surgery. So, I really think this is will make you stand out *in a positive way* 🙂
  6. Like everyone else said, stay with a current graduate student unless you have severe anxiety or know yourself to not be socialable at all in the evenings
  7. Eh, you’re a shoe in there. And if he doesn’t give you a spot, just bail out of the lab 🤡
  8. Or the Director of Clinical Training (DCT) - this is perfectly acceptable to ask for.
  9. Damn, that’s brutal :0 I’m 27 with mediocre GRE scores and went to an average state university for undergrad and got into a PhD Clinical Psychology program with guaranteed funding for five years...
  10. It’s typically more advantageous to take the offer to room with a current student, if you think you’ll still be in a social mood after all the interview day events. You’ll have the advantage of getting to ask more specific questions about graduate school life in the program, and an extra opportunity to “butter up” a current student who’s mentored under your prospective advisor (advisors typically ask current students about their opinion of the applicants). If you really don’t think you’ll be able to keep up a social/friendly attitude after a long day of interview events, though, it’d probably be best to opt for the hotel.
  11. Congrats on the invite! I’m actually a fourth-year student in this program – feel free to ask me any questions about the program or about living in Birmingham 🙂
  12. I’m wondering how you ended up at a “low ranked” undergraduate program with a perfect SAT score – I know the admissions committees will likely wonder the same thing.
  13. In the very least, you may be able to assist with participant screening and administering questionnaires over phone after work. Look up a psychology research lab that’s investigating a topic of your personal interest, then reach out explaining your situation and suggest the possibility for you to help with participant screening and questionnaires over phone in the evenings.
  14. I agree with M246. In most cases, if the letter writer makes a submission after the deadline, admissions committees still accept it without penalty on the student applicant.
  15. Sure, anything $5 or below is fine. I’m just saying that it really won’t influence any decision making – as long as you recognize that, it’s fine
  16. I literally got into my first choice PhD Clinical Psychology program (which is APA-accredited and provides guaranteed five years of tuition remission and monthly stipends) with those scores, lol
  17. As another current doctoral student, I agree with the quoted person – a thank you gift to your host 100% won’t affect application decisions; save your money and just send a thank you email afterwards.
  18. Yes, it’d tell the program that their interview isn’t a priority unfortunately.
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