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  1. TammyTams

    Let’s just TALK about it...

    A couple of weeks back I was sure I was destined to be completely shut out, now I'm on half of the waiting lists of schools I applied to. So basically Im sort on feeling good, sort of feeling like hot trash. Like wow...youre almost there but not quite. What a feeling.
  2. You're completely right! They probably get 200 applications who all of course say "Youre my top choice", so simply stating "You're my #1" falls short on *why* just exactly they are. I would say towards the end of your app to answer exactly that: WHY they stood out enough for you to apply. I usually list at least 3 serious & in-depth things about the program that I believe fits my interests, work experiences and/or education and explain the connection so they can read just WHY they are important to me (by serious and in-depth, I mean not that you 'love Miami' but instead maybe the location has a diverse population which would equate to a diverse data set if you're applying to a research program w/interests in culture. Something serious and applicable) . This already tells them that your viewing them highly and professionally w/o sounding typical. Also, of course don't forget to also demonstrate how well you believe you would fit into the program, as well as your interests! Good luck!!!
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    Ask questions about the PhD application process!

    My top choice placed me on their alternate interview list and I was wondering if anyone knew if it was common for the alternate list to be used?? I've asked this question before and received indirect answers where people ask me about the school's popularity (The school is not a Top 50 program. I'm sure the max of applications they receive are significantly smaller than Yale, or Berkeley). As this choice is my top choice, I'm super worried about not getting a chance to at least interview and say I gave it my best shot.
  4. TammyTams

    Corvallis, OR

    Small. Background: I'm from DC and lived in Philly for a bit (I'm trying to hint at I'm used to living in the city and that this post might come off as snooty but I'm just being honest :/ ). I got accepted to a PhD program at UofOregon and decided to give the state of Oregon a visit. A friend and I drove through Corvallis from Eugene as we were heading to the coast (because there's straight shot highway that's a 50 mile stretch in between the two campuses) and we both agreed that Corvallis was.....boring. Like extremely boring and I don't think the overcast weather helps it's case. It's a small town and the university is extremely bland (especially after seeing how gorgeous UofO's campus was)/all brick buildings which leaves the campus looking a little like a Community-College. I remember there not being anything of excitement as we drove through the campus/city (I'm lying, I think they had JUST opened a Dutch Bros) except the fact that the stadium was smack dab on campus and people seemed to really love beeping my city driving skills lol There were lots of middle class homes, a decent looking shopping center (I think...). Other than that we didn't see anything of note. We drove away joking that it was good I didn't apply there instead. BUT, as previous posters mentioned, Oregon is GORGEOUS and there really is a lot to do in Oregon if you're ok w/a 30 min-2hr drive or into nature! Also, despite being turned off by Corvallis and OSU, OSU seems far more personable and inclusive than other local schools! I have my opinion of Corvallis but Oregon isn't TOO expensive to visit and it's so gorgeous in the State that even if you visit Corvallis and hate it, you'll be happy you got to view the wonders of Oregon
  5. TammyTams

    To do Master's or go straight into PhD?

    ^I was told to get a Masters simply to improve my chances of getting into a PhD program *because* my GPA was too low. Getting a Masters has helped at least put me into the waitlist lane instead of flat out rejected. So if you're grades are subpar or your GRE scores just aren't it, I'd definitely apply for a Masters (which is also, waaaaaaay easier to get into). If not, save your time and go for a PhD.
  6. TammyTams

    2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Graduate Institution: Drexel University "Major": Family Therapy, concentration in Cultural Competency GPA: 3.71 Undergrad Institution: West Virginia (is the best Virginia) UniversityMajor(s): Child Development and Family StudiesMinor(s): Psychology, SpanishGPA in Major: 3.2Overall GPA: 2.71Position in Class: N/AType of Student: Domestic, FemaleGRE Scores (revised/old version):Q: 137V: 146W: 3.5B: N/ATOEFL Total: N/AResearch Experience: WVU in Educational Psychology lab. Presented poster in Research Forum, awarded best in Undergraduate Research, Literature ReviewsAwards/Honors/Recognitions: Best in Undergraduate Research Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 3 years and counting working as a therapist in Mental Health w/in Psychiatric Hospital setting and outpatient.Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:Special Bonus Points: Three well-known therapists (published articles, global conferences, published books and theories, as well as director of program) and my Research advisor submitted LORs in my favorAny Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Currently a licensed therapist, probably more but I hate feeling like I'm bragging :/Applying to Where:Ole Miss - Clinical Psych - Cultural and Environmental (Already rejected, womp...who wants to live in Mississippi, anyway? lol :/)Utah State - Clinical/Counseling Psych - Cultural (Waitlisted as interview alternate)Seattle Pacific - Clinical Psych - Adolescent Mental Health Michigan State- Human Development and Family Studies- Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity Oklahoma State- Counseling Psych- Multicultural Training/Competency UC, Santa Cruz-Social Psych- Cultural Competency USC- Clinical Science- Cultural Competency 100% sure my only saving grace is my experience and research because the only thing my GRE proves is that I was breathing during the exam.
  7. TammyTams

    Safe Schools?

    Hey! What schools did you apply too, if you don't mind me asking!
  8. Sorry for talking right past your question but usually the online portal (that you may have to set up via a link once the school processes your submitted application) will update you once they receive your GRE from ETS. BUT there were two schools I did have to email after a few weeks bc the portal SWORE they had yet to receive my scores and after a few emails to the department they were able to find the scores. So yes, if you notice there is something that is still not logged on the online portal, despite having sent it weeks ago, email them bc chances are it's laying around in the office unnoticed. Hopefully I answered your question this time!
  9. TammyTams

    Fall 2018 Admission

    Hey guys! By the grace of Michael Jackson my apps are all finally complete (Soooo much anxiety up until the last recommendation was submitted...late...today...at 3:37pm). This is my second round applying to PhD programs and I've definitely become more flexible in choosing programs and more specific in my interests. Regardless of what I learned from my first round of applications, I'm terrified. Luckily my job keeps me busy 95% of the time from 8am -4:45pm, so I haven't been able to check my phone 767 times a day....but whenever I take the slightest break, I think about it and check the results page to tear up over folks receiving interviews. Currently, Im applying to an assortment of Clinical & Clinical/Counseling programs, such as (ranked): Utah State, Seattle Pacific, Michigan State, Ole Miss, USC, UCSC and Oklahoma State. I'm praying at least one gives me a chance to interview, especially having no-such luck last year. I honestly can't imagine applying to PhD programs after this...too expensive and waaaay too painful. I'm happy for all of my friends from my Masters program that were accepted into PhD programs last yr but having to endure them asking me why I didn't receive any interviews was too much...I can't take another year of that :/
  10. Depends on the school! A few of the schools I applied too (they were much smaller programs btw) sent out weekly this-is-what-youre-missing emails but I'm pretty sure they're automatically done by the system. I did notice that the larger, more popular schools did not. Regardless, most schools leave it up to you to send everything in and follow-up via email if something is missing (1. Thats unless they tell you to not email them, then don't. OK State flat out posts a notice saying they won't answer emails and 2. Just last week I had to email a department to hunt down my GRE scores. It took 2 days for them to find them but if I didn't follow up then I probably wouldn't have been considered this round.)
  11. TammyTams

    School "cutoffs"

    So the program I am most interested in states on their "Criteria for Applicants" page that they are willing to overlook their GRE "requirement for at least 40% minimum" if an applicant is exceptional in other areas. This is for a Counseling-Clinical Psych program and luckily I've been working as a therapist and have research experience, a great GPA and (hopefully) great LORs. But, as someone with super low Q scores and V & A scores that meet the minimum or close, I'm nervous. Mainly because the Graduate department website states you MUST meet their minimum of 40%, unless the program requires a portfolio or something else in place. I feel like I received two different answers in regards to GRE scores. Does this mean anything or am I staring at website too hard? Also, I noticed one poster suggesting that funding and GRE scores were correlated. Is this true (I'm prob on the wrong page for this)???
  12. TammyTams

    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    I'm probably the 1,766th person to say it but...I am so nervous about this rounds of apps. This is my second time applying to PhD programs. Last year was a waste of money and time but I've learned from the majority of my mistakes. I'm just terrified I won't get the chance to interview and prove myself and then boom...years later, I'll still be applying. Meaaaaanwhile, I have associates who just wanted the 'doctor' title and not do the actual work. They got into programs just to flunk out the first quarter. Both of them. Those are sacred spots in PhD programs that other, SERIOUS people could've been in. I just need a chance to prove myself and sadly within a few weeks that chance may come or go :/ I hope the professors I contacted were genuinely interested back and not just having conversation just to have it. I really want this and I'm praying they look past my poor GRE scores and see how much of a great applicant I am... I'm pretty sure this is everyone's story, which is why I'm wishing everyone the best, as well!! Aside from my tear-fest, I'm annoyed as hell at one of my LORs who said he would do my letters by the due date...THE DUE DATE HAS PASSED AND HE'S DECIDED TO SKIP TOWN ACCORDING TO HIS AUTOMATIC REPLY (WTF). I get angrier each time I think about it...
  13. TammyTams

    I'm just here to rant

    You're completely right. I'll send my other reference an email tonight! Thank you for the push!!
  14. TammyTams

    Is it possible to make it in with a 143 quant score?

    I think I read it in the wrong tone of voice lol Woops!
  15. TammyTams

    I'm just here to rant

    I was debating this but I'm unable to change my recommendations because the application has closed. I also debated emailing my other recommender to submit via email to the department but I almost feel as if I've asked him for too much (I've also recently used him for job recommendations) and Im afraid to ask for anything else :/ so I may wait it out until Monday and if there's no response then email my other recommender...I just wish I didn't have to worry about this.

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