Psygeek

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About Psygeek

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    Female
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    Amsterdam, NL
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    Social Psych
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
  • Program
    Social Psych

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  1. What would you have done?

    You have learned the lesson not to compare yourself. This is something others are still in need of learning. To be someone who has overcome hardships and succeeded (I can relate) is even more intimidating because others may not be sure if they can power through that. Your empowerment and OWNING your weaknesses and being open to them - that's not something everyone is willing and able to do. I mean, there's a reason why people say that showing/acknowledging your weaknesses is a strength. There will always be jealous/envious people, no matter how you do. People may feel jealous of where you live/how you look/that you were able to do X/that you are more talented for Y. It's their choice to compare. If they want to see you as a 'star' - that is not a perception you can really change nor should try to. One thing I will tell you - being also someone who has struggled with mental health and having faced similar things - you will always be seen as different, simply because you're open about your past and insecurities and embrace it as something that has made you stronger. How many people do you know who are open about those things for real - while overcoming them and succeeding? From what I've seen from this forum - you seem like a great person. An empowered person. And obviously someone who has worries too. Yet, your worries don't seem to bring you down. Maybe that's intimidating. Again, in some ways I can relate as except for my close others nobody sees my meltdowns, they don't get why I am insecure about my career or research (I'm the overachiever in my year, plus people are always hating on how well I get along with my supervisor - I can't help it we enjoy the same jokes and have a similar style of thinking), and so on. Stay true to yourself Adelaide96. Block the negative people out your life, especially if you don't owe them anything nor are close to you. You don't need haters or people who want to bring you down - why torture yourself with that. Never feel guilty at succeeding by working hard (only feel bad if you throw others under the bus or play things dirty - if not, you earned it). Be open to helping and supporting others who are OPEN to that as well - and wait for those who are not yet to be ready. Don't feel bad for living up to your potential, you are making it happen - if you were not working hard for it, those things wouldn't come to you. Be grateful for all the opportunities you get and show you are grateful. This is your life, and you're living it for yourself - not to make others feel better about themselves. I know life is short (my dad passed away very young - so I know how this thought is extremely motivating to make the most of everything you do), so don't waste time on things that are negative. Yes they hurt, I know. And it's ok to feel bad about them and when people hurt you or exclude you, but don't let those people get under your skin. Keep doing thigns that make you happy! If it is working hard and science (like it is for me) - keep doing that. Your happiness is only yours to create.
  2. What would you do if your University Professor cheat?

    Nobody ever looked more smart from ad hominem attacks such as questioning peoples maturity.
  3. PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    I'm so over this.... I'm done with myt atements, but all the documentation is horrible and how every school wants it to be scanned in a different way etc.
  4. Statement of Purpose - structure advice

    I'm nmaing theories/frameworks that I"m attracted to - not the actual researchers. Especially if they overlap. It also shows I have knowledge on my topic (I hope).
  5. What would you do if your University Professor cheat?

    At this point I'm actually most interested in the 'criminal's' (quotation marks on purpose) defense. Always two sides to a story.
  6. How I studied; 1. Went over the math review of GRE - summarized it, did their practice questions, etc. Was a great way to understand what they want. My initial quant score was 143 before my review (forgot all formula's, rules, etc.) Most concepts that were covered in this review were things I covered during high school, so it was more a refresher (although I failed maths in high school as I never went to class lol) 2. Did the quant practice questions - plus checked what they were looking for in answers (both quant book + official guide) 3. Used Manhattan 5lb book for quant - was also extremely useful in seeing the strategies they use. Definitely helped me on at least 8 questions over the whole GRE (considering the total is 40, it definitely helped me improve). Probably helped me most. 4. Did not bother much with verbal - did little bit of flash cards for vocab but didn't help much. Plus I'm a non-native speaker with a 120/120 TOEFL so I was just aiming for the 150s which I consistently got on my practice tests. 5. Went over the explanations for AW in both GRE official guide, GRE verbal practice book and Manhattan My final scores were 161 (88th percentile - lol), 159 (73rd percentile - good enough for me considering where I started 3 weeks before with my 143), 4.5 (82 - also good enough) For maths, first try to really UNDERSTAND what is going on. Then do practice.
  7. Fall 2018 Canadian Application Prep

    I was able to use TOEFL for all my applications - UBC waived me (but accepts toefl), U Waterloo accepts TOEFL and so does Simon Fraser U. Usually both are OK.
  8. Statement of Purpose - structure advice

    Although I'm by no means an expert - sure!
  9. What would you do if your University Professor cheat?

    article B; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7535005 ---> if you go to pubmed and search for the jalife dude; this shows up under 235. Seems he was just taken of the author list - but was maybe promised. Maybe he was supposed to help with the manuscript but turned out to be too busy in grad school in the end. Who knows. Maybe he's bene using the same old resume over an dover and forgot to take it off (Unintentionally) Am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for A. Probably a grad student mistake. There is an actual document sorta there.
  10. What would you do if your University Professor cheat?

    interesting its now password protected. Just got my popcorn.
  11. Statement of Purpose - structure advice

    My 2 cents; Only tell a story when there is an actual story to tell. I'm writing SOPs towards to different topics/research interests. Some may have a story, some don't. I never really used a 'hook' - I believe my credentials and the like should be the hook. Advice that I have had is don't try to be cute, funny, or creative (unless you are - but don't try). Just stick to the facts. One has a story and tell how most things I have done the last 5 years are directly related to my interest in topic X. And it's nothing but the truth. It was really when I read paper X that I wanted to pursue this for research, the reason why I moved abroad (relevant to my topic and what there inspired me to do research), and returned to get a grad degree + how the things I did in grad school are related to this topic and how these experiences will help me excel in a PhD. I use the same sort of outline for all SOPs on this topic but change some sentences to make it fit better to that specific school. My last paragraph is about how the school fits to me in mention some specific projects by usually 2-3 faculty members and what I can learn there (e.g., specific methods or they have a quant minor I can take, certain combination of topics, how recent direction person X fits my interest). And then mentions somethings why I would benefit their program too. My other ones are more dry. It's about how I want to do research on topic Y and how I got into this topic my first year in grad school by working with prof Y. And that I have been also doing my thesis on topic Y as well, so I have spent a good 2.5 years now pursuing that topic. It then goes on about what I have learned in my 5 years in uni and how it relates to this topic and things I learned during different research projects that I have been a part of. It then proposes some remaining questions or things that are unanswered in the literature (PI that I emailed was intrigued by them so feel its good to repeat them in statement). Then it goes back to how this all relates to uni Z and how it all will help me to be a very succesfull PhD candidate. It's shorter than my other ones, simply because I do not have a specific motivation or big story to tell about it. I just like it and find it superinteresting and it fits to my background in numerous ways + I have the skills to do it. Yeah it's a lot more dry and less engaging but I'm not gonna come up with a hook or forced story on why I want to study Y - I just got exposed to it and happened to really like it. So story short; Fit your structure to your essay; not the other way around. Try to 'captivate' or 'hook' them by showing you are qualified and that you have some cool ideas and then go into why them. Don't use empty statements such as 'top school' - they know. Don't go we overlap in interest; say in what ways. Tell something about a specific framework they use (One school developed this theoretical framework 3 years ago that I used as the basis for my thesis, and another prof there heavily influenced my work in another way, also they have a quant minor, I can develop certain methodological skills with someone else, plus location has great assess to my ideal sample) and how you would fit in (i.e., I am familiar with their dominant frameworks and work done there. I think I can extend their work in ways X, Y, Z which would benefit the overal lbody in literature. Plus I'm experienced and can do stuff such as meta-analyses, know my stats + methods, and my background leads because of A & B). OK for some schools I have a little bit less on why they're a good fit and why I am a good fit; but I make sure to mention some specific things.
  12. popular things you hate

    It's natural haha. Plus the way facebook works most people won't even see it, it kinda only shows stuff of profiles you interacted with recently. I never post on facebook for the same reason (except travel pics lol)
  13. Love, Academia and Success

    I'm 25 now so not much older than you really. We don't plan on marriage really (except for visa reasons) nor desire to have kids (we live a bit of a nomadic life and really enjoy that - we love travelling and different cultures. I mean - I want to be a cultural psychologist for a reason. I find exploring the world - whether it is in terms of human psycology or travelling the most satisfying thing there is). But if you would have asked me 2 years ago - before I started grad school - I would say I would sacrifice everything. But there is so much about academics I don't like that I have discovered and there are so many parts of myself that have not received the attention they should have because I was always working/studying/competingwithothers. I miss some of my more time consuming hobbies - especially hobbies and interests I share with my boyfriend. There are so many things I want to learn outside of academics that I don't have time for. So it's not that I would sacrifice my career for my relationship. I wouldn't do that. But I would do it for myself. There's a lot more in life than work - and I love academics - but I love myself more. Work/career is only one part of my life and certainly not the most important. This opinion has also been shaped by working in industry/business as a researcher recently in consultancy. And although I find it less satisfying than really pursuing my own line of work in academics, there are a lot of pros there in terms of work-life balance, no concerns about grants, no pressure to publish, etc. I wouldn't be against it considering there's a lot of gains in terms of my personal life. Seeing my research (I did some research on mental health & corporate world) translated in interventions and a growing network of companies that use this line of work to tackle this problem - it is also super rewarding to see that I made the world a bit better in this way. That said - I'm still pursuing a PhD because I also think it will help me find these type of jobs (especially if I improve my stats). I'm currently pursuing a line of research with my supervisor about group dynamics & pay in corporate world so I've always had been interested in applied research as well. So Yes - I want a career but it doesn't have to be in academics and after all - I just want to do research on topics I like. Sure I still want to stay in academics. However, I am not willing to make the same sacrifices I had to make the last two years to succeed and compete. I nearly had a burnout, I was not able to do some of the things I love, it affected my health (luckily my boyfriend is super supportive and always cooked, cleaned - but it was no fun for him to see me so stressed and tired), and it affected my overall happiness. I have had talks about this with my amazing supervisor and he also acknowledges a career in academics - at least until tenure (and in Social Psych) does require certain sacrifices in terms of time spent on work vs. self vs. others. And I don't want to do this again. I hope I will just be able to work on a very fruitful line of work during my PhD and go to a good school - but I'm not gonna force it. If it's not gonna happen, its not gonna happen and that's totally OK with me.
  14. Do I even stand a chance for grad school? (master's or PhD)

    Annyeonghasseyo! Sorry - I'm in Seoul haha. Your GPA is not low - it is for sure above the cut off scores. Sure GPA matter - but its not the only thing. Good qualifications on other things can offset 'weaker' scores - although a 3.7 GPA is not weak. I think your volunteer experiences are good for sure. Do you have any specific area of clinical you want to head in? Maybe you can use your international background as an advantage (there's a lot of things going on about diversifying clinical psych as theres a growing awareness about that therapist and the like should be more mindful about cultural or minority differences in terms of expression and so on. Also complaints can be vastly different across cultures). Also who's this friend? A successful grad student? A prof? Or just another regular student who found something online? But do note clinical is generally hard - and the GPA is not going to be a reason why to reject you. Rather it's just the sheer number of qualified applicants like yourself that are the problem. Do make some SWOT analysis (google if you don't know what it is) about your profile, and start focusing on your strengths and build on them and see if you can cover a bit of your weaknesses. However, do focus on what sets you apart - this is what I've been told is the biggest selling point.