Nut-ella

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About Nut-ella

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
  • Program
    Social Psychology
  1. Fall 2018 Social Psych PhD/Master applicants

    I'm going to play the devil's advocate here for the sake of introducing diverse perspectives. I drafted my applications list according to my overall fit with the program - not according to the school or location. I'm an international student as well, and what I experienced thus far in my life was that I can live anywhere as long as I like my job, like the people, and have a semi-decent social circle. Midwest vs. Deep South vs. East Coast vs. West Coast, it really doesn't matter. Or better put, it matters, but as a student in a very competitive field, I don't get to dictate where I live. The universe does. Wherever the best program is, I'll go and live there. Last year, my criterion for application was that I applied to a school only if I imagined myself living there (e.g., New York, Seattle)...Big mistake! You'll be so busy with your program and commitments that you don't have the time to enjoy the city. Even as a Master's student I had so many days when I literally didn't leave my building. So this year, I applied all across the U.S. if I saw fit with the program, and honestly I can say it worked. It's very early to tally up the numbers, but the number of schools I am shortlisted at doubled compared to last year. My recommendation for next year's applicants, prioritize the program instead of the location. Your social life may suffer for 5 years, but your degree worth it.
  2. Invite to Interview - No schedule?

    I would say keeping students in dark is not uncommon. I also have on-campus interviews coming up in 10 days and I wasn't sent any agenda either. Last year at one school, I was given my meetings schedule on the day of the interview. To keep it brief, please don't worry (worrying will use up your cognitive resources which you need!). Try to be familiar with the research interests of your areas' faculty, and try to prepare intelligent answers to common questions (e.g., why do you want to go to grad school? what are your research interests? what are your career goals upon graduating?). Best of luck!
  3. Data on Grad Cafe Psychology Results

    Honestly, if I were a professor I'd admit you RIGHTAWAY! This is both fantastic and creative. Seriously. Best of luck to you!
  4. Conflicting Interview Dates

    I completely agree! I was advised to be honest, but in your case you were advised to be vague...I totally see it going either way. Both approaches are valid. Best wishes to everyone going through this process. I hope everyone gets placed.
  5. PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    I feel terrible when I see people like you and @nicokren -who are obviously highly qualified- are left discouraged. Admissions is such a random process, there's no way to guarantee a certain outcome. I'm also applying for the second time around, and I feel like the two uber-competitive areas in Psychology are Clinical and Social. I had a friend who got in a clinical program in her 3rd trial. Another friend in Social got in by her 2nd trial. I hope you guys don't lose hope or give up on your dreams -- just apply to more schools in your next rounds. Last year I applied to 14, this year I applied to 19. I heard of people going up to 25 schools. Best wishes and best of luck to everyone!
  6. Conflicting Interview Dates

    I'm curious about this...Why wouldn't you reveal you're interviewing at another school? In my opinion (and experience), it is a good sign for the other school that their candidate is being evaluated at another school - it means the candidate in question is a qualified one. I believe honesty is the best policy, and I would tell the second place that I was invited to School X and I said yes, so I need to reschedule the second one. The reason some schools reach out to their candidates as early as possible (i.e., mid-December) is so that the candidate is booked with their school earlier than School Y or Z. Hope this helps - I'm not disputing anything, I'm offering another perspective.
  7. "DM me your POI" thread

    me too please!!
  8. Fall 2018 I/O Psy

    Hi everyone! Could the applicant accepted by Rice DM me his/her POI? It'd be greatly appreciated!!! Best of luck to everyone
  9. Social Psychology Fall 2017 Applicants

    Thank you!! When did you hear back and can you PM me who your POI was?
  10. Social Psychology Fall 2017 Applicants

    Has anyone heard anything from Penn State? I interviewed there on 2/10 but they have been silent ever since. This cannot be good