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  1. I think 6 months to a year in advance of your test date is a bit excessive. 3 months is generally a good rule of thumb for the general test, and I would focus on learning vocabulary from the get go. Are you hoping to go straight into graduate school after undergrad, or do you expect to take a year or so off?
  2. I don't know if clinical/counseling psychology are different but in my experience it doesn't matter too much if your experiences prior to grad school aren't perfectly lined up with your research interests, as long as you can figure out how to frame them in terms of valuable skills learned. If you aren't looking exclusively for clinical/counseling programs, University of Michigan has a great program in Psychology and Women's Studies, as well as one in Gender and Feminist Psychology. U-M is one of the top places to be for psychology, as I'm sure you know. Another option could be applying to thei
  3. Actually words are pretty hard for me, it takes me a very long time to put together anything that sounds good. Thanks for your input!
  4. Hi everyone, I need advice as to how I should approach writing a thank you card for some of my recommenders. Last year I was applying for admission into med schools actually (a deal I had struck with my parents) while simultaneously applying for admission into PhD programs. So I had several LOR writers who I asked for letters for my med school apps, but not for my grad school apps. I already sent them a thank you note months ago, thanking them for writing me a letter and saying I'd update them when I knew where I was going to end up. I now know where I'm ending up, but it's not a med scho
  5. No problem! If you ever have any questions don't hesitate to reach out
  6. Hey! I applied this round but wanted to comment because your worry really stood out to me. It was the same one I had. I was pre-med throughout the entirety of undergrad, for which my GPA suffered incredibly. I happened to randomly pick up a major in psychology along the way, though, so fortunately my in-major GPA was okay. If that's not the case for you, I'd say you might want to take the psych GRE just to show that you are competent in general psychology. As for lack of research experience....I had that too. It was a huge worry of mine. Like I said, I was pre-med and was doing cancer bio rese
  7. As someone who's used Kaplan several times over the past decade, I can say it's completely useless. I didn't even bother trying to use it for the GRE. The value of Kaplan is in the access to practice tests and materials you are granted. The class itself is a waste of money and time - I took the class for the MCAT back when I was still premed, and the 'test-taking skills' they taught us in that course were the exact same that I had been taught 5 years prior in the ACT class I took. The EXACT same. It's not worth it.
  8. Hi all, I'm going to be applying next round and had a question I was hoping to pose to you all as having already gone through this process at least once. Does anyone know how heavily they weight the statement of past research? I did not get the opportunity to do any presentations or publications in undergrad and the only independent project I've lead has been a small one, done one summer about 3 or 4 years ago. I didn't do an honors thesis of anything of that sort either. I have other research experiences, but they are not in my chosen field as I did not know this was the career path I wanted
  9. I'm going to UCLA too! I'll be in Psychology though
  10. Outside of class, specifically. What kinds of things might I be able to work out with my advisor/program? Specifically for a psychological disability. I have chronic depression and I find it very difficult to stay focused. I have poor motivation and struggle to complete work in a timely fashion. The work always gets done by the deadline, but I procrastinate like nobody's business... (had to ask for extensions in undergrad 3-4 times). And often I've had to be reminded 3 or 4 times to do something before it actually gets done. I also have a poor working memory, and if I'm talking for a long time
  11. Another thing to consider would be the value of the furniture you currently own. My furniture right now is all cheap and bought second-hand off craigslist so I will most definitely be selling and buying new furniture after relocating. However, if you own really nice quality furniture that you bought brand new or paid a good amount for then bringing it with you might be more of a consideration for you since you invested more in it. Or you could always just combine the two and store your nice furniture and then buy cheap/second-hand furniture in your new location.
  12. I don't mean to be insensitive when I say this though I know it will come across this way, but just take my word for it - who cares? If skating is your preferred mode of transportation then do it! I don't think people will view you unprofessionally, and if they do then that's their problem.
  13. If you're applying to RA positions (as opposed to lab manager positions) I think it would be appropriate to ask how often you would interact with the PI. I didn't ask this when I was doing job interviews and I wish I had because I ended up in a lab where I only ever see the PI in the hallway. Also ask what the hours are because if it's a project that will require you to go out and about and do home visits, you likely won't be working a 9-5 job as you'll be at the mercy of your participants' schedules.
  14. I'd email your POI at each school and ask to set up a phone call to go over a few questions you have, and then ask them straight up about what kinds of positions grads of the program typically go on to fill. That's what I did and they were happy to share with me!
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