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  1. I also agree that resting needs to be your top priority. You won't get anything done if you're already burnt out and try to keep going at warp speed. Regarding the coursework you need to cover in order to get up to speed with the rest of your cohort I would talk with your advisor. Perhaps the two of you can create an action plan of what you absolutely must familiarize yourself with this summer and what can wait with the understanding being that 1) you can't do everything and 2) you also need to make relaxation and self care a priority. Also its important to stop worrying about what the rest of your cohort knows or doesn't know. You're all there to learn and will have various backgrounds, strengths, and weaknesses and the faculty were fully aware of this when they put you all together. If you keep focusing on them that is energy that would be better used addressing what you need to be doing.
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    Rescinded Offer - Trying Not to Freak Out

    While it isn't easy, stop panicking because it won't help anything. This sounds like an error that resulted from someone forgetting to cc someone else regarding your paperwork being completed and sometimes those things happen. They shouldn't and it sucks, but sometimes people make mistakes. You said you wrote them a check, have you checked your bank account to see if it has been cashed? If so then you can provide documentation of that (along with the emails with the assistant regarding your upcoming admission) and they can look around on their end to figure out where the error happened and resolve the matter.
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    Rescinded Offer - Trying Not to Freak Out

    While it isn't easy, stop panicking because it won't help anything. This sounds like an error that resulted from someone forgetting to cc someone else regarding your paperwork being completed and sometimes those things happen. They shouldn't and it sucks, but sometimes people make mistakes. You said you wrote them a check, have you checked your bank account to see if it has been cashed? If so then you can provide documentation of that (along with the emails with the assistant regarding your upcoming admission) and they can look around on their end to figure out where the error happened and resolve the matter.
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    Waiting on Reimbursement - Reach Out Or Let It Go?

    I doubt this will make you feel better, but during my application season the programs that offered any reimbursement for expenses took a year to process those checks. I sent everything to them a week after my visit, confirmed 2 weeks later that they got everything and didn't need anything else, and then heard nothing for months. Then I got an email saying my receipts had finished being reviewed by whoever handles such things and a request for a reimbursement check was being sent to yet another department. I had already started my first year in the program I chose when I got an email saying my check was in the mail. So my thought is sure you can keep emailing them to follow up, but it is unlikely to speed things up. Reimbursement checks are likely not the top priority and there are probably multiple people/departments involved in the process.
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    Summer mini-sabbatical before classes start this fall

    If you're into films I would look for a film festival. You can quietly immerse yourself in movies, join the discussions after or not, dine out or not, do other site seeing if you want or not, etc. Ultimately no one will think its strange if you don't feel very social and prefer to do your own thing.
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    How many research projects at a time is reasonable?

    It is really unfortunate that formal training in management/teaching/etc is viewed as being "too corporate" and therefore unwelcome because there are huge advantages to allowing some of those elements. It seems the for profit schools have readily embraced this, but of course they have a whole host of other problems. So essentially neither extreme is working and neither camp is willing to head toward the middle to improve things. The clearer this all becomes the less I see myself here. Thank heavens I can do other things with the degree I'm working toward.
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    How many research projects at a time is reasonable?

    Yes we students have gathered to discuss the lack of communication and the unclear expectations. A summary of our concerns have been taken to the faculty and we're all discussing them one on one with our advisors which should cover all angles. Hopefully that will lead to changes we can all work with. It is really sad that across fields this lack of communication or unclear standards exists and yet we're expected to be the next generation of academics. How can you really excel at something if there is no standard for you to meet or exceed?
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    How many research projects at a time is reasonable?

    Thanks for the responses. I think a huge part of the problem is my department has never had a firm stance on what is considered "enough" so incoming students just aimed for what other students were doing and that seemed to work well. Past graduates who followed the 1-3 projects at a time pace finished on time, went off to internship, and many went on to post doc after that. So something has clearly changed (not sure what this would be) if now this is viewed as not good enough. In thinking about the way fuzzy and Take are working it seems I'm doing a scaled down version of that. I have 2 projects I have a major role in and am in the data collection stages for both, a 3rd project I have a major role in that is in the proposal stage, and 2 projects that are in the kernel stage that I add bits and pieces to when I get an idea but may not be launched for awhile. I'm comfortable with this, but this is the first time I've had this many projects going so I'm not sure what my actual ceiling is. Many more things to think about.....
  9. If you're currently in a program or recall your research project load when you were I'm interested in knowing how many projects you had going at a time? I know the type of research will affect the volume so I'm also curious if they were survey research (in person or online), experiments, developing an intervention or assessment, etc. I thought I was doing fine managing 2 projects (both long in person surveys) and am developing a 3rd (another long in person survey), but according to my department this isn't enough. The other students in my department are handling anywhere from 1-3 projects at a time which are either in person surveys or developing an intervention so comparatively I'm doing ok, but our department has decided we're all not doing enough and need to add more projects to our plates. I should also add that half of us don't have undergrads to help with anything and those that do spend more time correcting their mistakes which just adds more time. After chatting with my classmates it seems most of us feel its already difficult to manage 1-3 projects, classes, and clinical work while not neglecting self care so adding more projects seems impossible. Just curious what others are doing or have done to gain a wider perspective.
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    Put off Applications until Completion of Master's?

    I agree that there is no right answer. Your first priority should be your health regardless of what you decide. Depending on how many programs you plan to apply to (12-15 is common because its competitive) and where they are located (geographically open is strongly recommended) keep in mind that interviews can be anywhere from late November to mid February, which would overlap the last semester of your MS. Finishing your program, going on interviews, and whatever other responsibilities you have is a lot to manage on top of a chronic illness. I also would tell anyone applying to Clinical Psych PhD's to have a backup plan regardless of what their application looks like because there's just no way to predict how the application cycle will go. I'm sure you've seen the threads on here about people applying multiple times despite having publications, years of research experience, and great LORs.
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    Advice Before the School Year Starts

    One of the most helpful things I did before starting my Master's was increase my reading volume. I've always liked to read, but grad school requires so much more reading than what I was doing for fun. As for what to read it couldn't hurt to read some of the articles published by professors in the program you'll be attending. It also wouldn't hurt to read articles in community psych or any other area that intrigues you. Broadly reading in this way lead me to my research questions because my focus was on what have I been curious about rather than what should I research.
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    Are you still waiting like me? (PhD applicants)

    Ultimately it is up to you how patient you're willing to be, but keep in mind the other school that gave you a funded offer may not be willing to wait too much longer.
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    PhD Behavioral Decision Making

    A quick google search turned up this link that may be helpful to you. It seems that such a program could be in a variety of departments such as business, psychology, or economics. Not sure how these programs are ranked specifically, but you could probably contact these programs directly and find out if their programs are ranked and if so where you'd find that what the standards are for ranking.
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    Are you still waiting like me? (PhD applicants)

    So if both of those students accept the funding offers does that mean there is no funding for you? Would you attend without funding? I would definitely reach out to the DGS again and hope they have an answer because its really hard for you to plan anything without clear info from them.
  15. I think you should take it one step at a time. The job itself is good experience regardless of what direction you ultimately end up in and the interview is good practice too. During the interview you're expected to ask questions so ask what the plans are for the position beyond the summer. If they are open to less hours and/or are willing to work around a school schedule they will tell you.
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