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  1. My entire department has this type of culture and complaints have escalated up the chain. Some students quit, others allow their mental health to suffer, and a few find ways to get through it while prioritizing their mental health.
  2. Whether or not they are less important is going to be determined by the program that you are applying to. Supposing you didn't do well on the GRE, you could use your SOP to describe how you have demonstrated aptitude for graduate study in your MA program and you think that the accomplishments there are better predictors of your ability to succeed in a PhD.
  3. While it is up to you to decide what is best for you I don't think you should exit your current program until you have a clear plan. If I were you I would first contact programs of interest and find out how many of my courses would transfer (if any) and confirm that the support you're not getting in your current program is available in the programs of interest. It might also help to have a response prepared for the inevitable "why are you leaving your current program" and "how would you handle a less that ideal advisor situation in the future" questions. Also have a back up plan in case the application season doesn't go as planned. Would that be staying where you are, hitting the job market, etc?
  4. Are you part of any professional organizations in your field of study? Sometimes those associations have small travel stipends for students/recent grads who want to present at conferences. If you end up paying out of pocket then also look into Airbnb for cheaper housing options and Megabus, which can be cheaper than airfare/driving.
  5. I don't think its abnormal to question if the current program is the right one and to wonder what would have happened if a different choice had been made. There is no guarantee that changing programs will be better, just like there's no guarantee that staying put won't work out well for you in the end. I have yet to encounter anyone that says everything about their grad program was amazing. There's always something that just isn't great. Only you can decide what you can handle in terms of not great.
  6. I'm currently reading this now and so far its great, since manuscript writing is where I'm at now. I'm glad I read How to Write a Lot first though to get more productive with my writing.
  7. I didn't include class projects, but I do understand not knowing what to include in a cv while still a student. I googled grad student cv's for my field and browsed program websites directly to see if students posted theirs. I gathered several samples, many of which had no publications, conference presentations, or grant writing experience and created mine in similar fashion. I've added relevant sections as I've gained experience.
  8. Well it sounds like for some reason they may not be taking students for the semester you applied for and want to know if you want to be considered for a future semester. If you weren't a competitive applicant or they didn't receive all of your materials it seems like they'd just send you a rejection.
  9. Well unless the school you're applying to says they don't accept LORs from undergrad professors, then there's no reason you can't include one if they can write a strong one speaking to your abilities.
  10. I think if your cohort is at least cordial then it won't be awful to go through classes and research together. However it doesn't always work out that a cohort ends up being friends. You have plenty of other options to make friends on campus as mentioned above, but you can also go off campus. If you're in a decent sized city there are meetup groups, free/low cost events in the community, volunteer opportunities, etc. There's no reason to allow your social needs to go unmet and keep hoping your cohort will suddenly vibe when there are other options available.
  11. Well this is going to depend largely on where you're applying and how much emphasis they place on GRE scores. Some schools have hard cutoffs, others take a holistic approach, and for some it is just a formality. Also it helps to understand what the GRE does, it is designed to predict how well you will do your first year in grad school. If you've already completed a Master's degree or graduate level courses in your last year of undergrad and did well you can highlight this in your SOP as an indicator of your ability to handle graduate coursework despite the GRE score.
  12. Ok there is a lot to unpack in your post, so I will do my best. Yes I have had relationships with professors collapse for a variety of reasons, but I won't hijack your thread with my tales. Generally LORs can and should come from the best person who is able to speak to your work ethic and aptitude for the rigors of a grad program (advanced study, research, etc). The professor you're describing doesn't sound like the best person. While she is aware of your past circumstances and you did well in her class, she has retired and gone out of state and likely moved on to other things. She isn't obligated to keep working with you beyond what was required for the course even though you'd like that and surely there are other professors who are more accessible at this time. As for the conference proposal, the best approach is to contact a professor first to describe the project you'd like to do and secure their support and advising before you submit anything. Submitting first and then hoping they'll help you later often yields a negative result as you've experienced. I suspect she viewed the request as last minute when she likely had other priorities she preferred to focus on. I also suspect that she felt the involvement of the dept chair was an attempt to strong arm her into something she never committed to doing in the first place. It is possible that your latest email detailing your mental health was interpreted as an attempt to guilt her into helping you, whether you intended it that way or not. As for the complaint, the dean and associate dean are likely going to look for evidence of mistreatment and if none is found then it'll likely be case closed. From what you've said I'm not perceiving you were mistreated, but I'm not an administrator. Regarding what you should do now, it seems best to leave this professor alone as she is not interested in working with you. That does not mean you aren't capable of getting into grad school or successfully completing a PhD. You need to branch out and find someone new to work with. Figure out what your interests are and start talking to more faculty in the history dept or closely related fields to see if there's any openness to either helping you create your own project or allowing you to help with one of theirs so you can gain some research experience. And though you didn't ask about this, I'd just like to say if you are not seeking treatment for both anxiety and depression it would be a good idea to do so. Applying to and surviving grad school (whether Master's or PhD) is an exhausting journey and the more you prioritize your mental wellbeing now the better off you will be.
  13. Wow it took forever to find this thread as I found myself wondering....what the heck happened. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I'm happy to hear that after all of the stress, misery, and general suckiness that your hard work paid off and you are moving forward with your PhD. I sincerely hope your PhD experience is better than this one.
  14. If you decide to apply to PhD programs, I would strongly suggest applying to a few Master's programs as well. As I'm sure you've gathered from the various posts here Clinical Psych has become extremely competitive and it is not uncommon for applicants to do multiple application cycles before being accepted. If none of the PhD apps work out this season, but one or more of the Master's ones does then you can expand your skills and boost your CV for future PhD applications. Yes, most Master's are unfunded (and scholarships/fellowships are very competitive), but some make it more feasible to work part or full time (and no I'm not referring to online programs, I would never suggest anyone attend one of those) and provide rigorous training.
  15. I'd second the suggestion of state schools, adding that often they're designed for working students so classes would be evenings or weekends. Also, just as an fyi, you don't become licensed immediately after graduation typically. There are a number of hours that need to be acquired from field placements and each state has its own expectation of how many hours are required to get a license. So yes you start getting these hours in your program (these may or may not be paid depending on your program and state), but it is likely you'll need to accrue more once you've finished your degree. Once you've finished your program, I'd prioritize finding a paid option to finish up accruing hours as students I've seen that have gone the unpaid route face financial challenges that delay obtaining a license.
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