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    Southern US
  • Interests
    Trauma, Psychology of Religion, Resiliency, Protective Factors, Personal Growth Initiative.
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
  • Program
    Counseling/Clinical Psych

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  1. liznlex

    Fall 2019 Psychology - Where are you going?!

    Southern Mississippi
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    I mailed a handwritten thank you note with a small box of fudge from a local chocolate maker. Nothing crazy, but an extra gesture to say thank you for the time they put into advancing my career and education
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    MA in General Psych advice

    I few masters programs that are funded that I came across while applying this year were : William and Mary, Wake Forest, Augusta State, U of Louisiana at Lafayette, U of Southern Mississippi, UNC Wilmington, and Southern Illinois at Edwardsville. I also had an awful undergrad gpa and then got some work experience and retook some courses (and got much better grades in them!) and was accepted to a few of the masters programs listed above so don't lose hope
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    Waitlist and Help Me Decide Thread 2019

    I think going to visit will really help you decide ! I was choosing between two programs - one right outside a large city and one that is a medium sized town surrounded by a lot of very rural area and I thought there was no way I would like the town vs city. I was completely wrong. When I went to visit I was really surprised by how many restaurants and stores they had, current students shared multiple different community activities that they are involved in outside of school, and the people were just super friendly. I quickly felt much more at home at the school in the smaller town. I think visiting is the only way you will know if its the right fit!
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    Waitlist and Help Me Decide Thread 2019

    I would explore more why you felt you got a better "feel" at Midwestern. Fit is a big part of the process and going somewhere that you feel comfortable with faculty and the environment can make a huge difference in the education you receive. Going with the best fit for YOU is what is most important. It sounds like both schools have great match rates and you have two excellent options to chose from !
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    Roanoke, VA

    I remember that Grandin Village was a good area ! Further out by like Cave Springs, Mill Mountain, and Hollins are all nice and pretty safe areas. You would also probably be in a great location to live behind the large Carilion Hospital in the woodcliff area- it would put you right by the hospital and there is a shopping area with starbucks, grocery store, pharmacy, etc nearby (When I would go to Roanoke to see friends or for work I often ended up around this area near the hospital and never felt unsafe). I would avoid nearly all of downtown and there were some rougher areas out by the mall. Also, while 26k is not a lot, I do think you will be able to get by on it. Being a fairly rural small city cost of living is pretty reasonable! If you are good with budgeting I think you will be ok!
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    Waitlist and Help Me Decide Thread 2019

    I would be very nervous going into scenario B. If other students are warning you, that's a red flag; I imagine they would tone down their warnings a bit so "intense" may be an understatement. She also hasn't had any students graduate yet vs the other PI where you already know a lot of students go on to post docs. To me it sounds like location might be what you are really struggling with.....living somewhere you don't like really stinks....but living somewhere you love but never get to enjoy because your PI expects you to work every second of the day might be worse!
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    Interview questions to ask admissions committee?

    I struggled with this during interviews! I did ask for more descriptions of practicum opportunities in the community, as well as funding (like is health insurance included, is there tuition waivers for summer). Other people asked questions like what the overall environment is (competitive or collaborative), how often faculty mentors meet with students, and opportunities to take part in other research. It was tough coming up with questions though, and it feels like they ask "Do you have any questions?" about 20 times throughout interview day!!
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    Roanoke, VA

    I lived just outside Blacksburg for a few years! Roanoke is pretty up and coming. When we first moved to the area (5ish years ago) Roanoke was honestly ...kind of gross. The downtown area had a super cool farmer market on the weekends and a couple cute local shops, but then the rest of the buildings were empty. However, in the past couple years there has been a lot of improvement! A lot of cool new breweries opened (if you like beer - Chaos Mountain Brewing is probably like 20 min outside of Roanoke and was our favorite!), some new shops were going in downtown, the mall area was improving, etc. There is also FANTASTIC hiking nearby - if you like to hike definitely check out Tinker Falls and Dragons Tooth. It definitely has a small city vibe and is very easy to navigate. The area is very economically depressed and unemployment rates are very high, pretty conservative politically, and high crime in certain areas. The education you will get through Tech and Carilion is top notch! I only ever heard good things from people receiving their education through both of those institutions.
  10. I graduated from a little known liberal arts university (a fantastic university in my mind, but I'm sure no where I applied had heard of it) and I made a point in my personal statement to use up a few lines emphasizing the benefits of the education I received. I talked about the courses that I felt had prepared me for graduate studies and strengths of my undergraduate institution. I have no idea if that helped or not, but I did get a few interviews and only one place asked me more questions about where I went to undergrad 🤷‍♀️
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psych Interview Invites

    My masters interview was more individualized, almost all one on one meetings with different faculty rather than group interviews (which was my experience to have a lot of at doctoral interviews). They will probably about thesis ideas and why that is what you want to study, since you will only be there for two years I think they want to see that you have put a good amount of thought into research and will be ready to jump in quickly. I also got a lot of questions about long term goals (what setting I hope to work in, if I plan to get a doctorate, if I'm interested in teaching, etc), prior work experience, what I have learned from my work experience so far, self care, and how I handle the emotional stress of the mental health field. Good luck! I've heard great things about UHCL!
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    I is stressed *Non-Judgmental Space for PhD Applicants*

    I got Aldo brand loafer flats and wore them to an interview where they emphasized that there would be a lot of walking. I felt like the loafer style looked a little more professional than regular flats and they were way comfier than when I wore heels to the first interview !
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    Fall 2019 Counseling Psych PhD Applicants

    Wahooo congratulations !! I'm kind of assuming I won't get an offer if two people got offers yesterday....but I can stay positive for a couple more days haha.
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    Fall 2019 Counseling Psych PhD Applicants

    Could the poster for Southern Miss share their POI's initials please ? Thank you!
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    I is stressed *Non-Judgmental Space for PhD Applicants*

    Had my 2nd out of three back to back interview weekends this past weekend and broke out in massive hives the night before the interview. Urgent Care said it was either a reaction to an antibiotic I had been on....or just stress ?. However, feel like I did awesome at my interview despite having welts all over my body (luckily nowhere visible) and slightly puffy eyes. If nothing else, this process is proving that it takes a lot of determination to reach your goals ?
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