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  1. Research in first year of undergrad?

    Wow, can I say how sorry I am for replying to the both of you so, so late? I really do apologize. Both of your comments were extremely helpful, thank you. As Oshawott predicted, I am at one of the bigger schools in the region that's (apparently) research heavy so I was hoping I could work something out! Anyways, I did some research on one of the professors I was going to email and I hope to get to work with them at one point or another. Not for the sake of padding my application, but mainly because I think their work is super cool. They are doing researching involving LGBT communities - which is what I'm mainly interested in - and I am actually taking their second semester gender studies course (and of course PSYC100). Re: handling research experience + university. I will admit I'm pretty scared to make the transition from high school to university, but I worked about 25-30 hour every week this passing school year while still maintaining good grades so I definitely have the time management down. I think the real hurdle is figuring out how to handle the rigour of university level work, since I assume it's going to be a lot harder than high school work -- that I can't confidently say I'm ready for. But, I'll figure it out. And there's a good chance I won't even a get a volunteer position and if that's the case then I can just focus 100% on my grades (which I still am). As I've said before, both of you were really helpful and I appreciate your advice. Thank you!
  2. Hi! I have a question for you all. I will be starting my undergraduate degree next year and I wanted to know if it's realistically possible for me to volunteer in a research lab during my first year of undergrad? I expect to be doing extremely simple tasks like sorting documents, photocopying, and so on, but I would still like to get my feet wet. I just have no idea how to start and was hoping that some of you would be able to lend me some advice. I don't know if I should email graduate students or professors, apply to job postings, etc. From the research I've done so far on becoming a competitive applicant for graduate programs in psychology, research experience is coveted, so I am hoping to get as much experience as possible. I guess I should add that I am Canadian since a good chunk of people on this forum seem to be American, so mileage may vary. Thanks in advance.