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    2018 Fall
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    Counseling Psychology PhD

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  1. pataka

    Saying goodbye

    Wow. I just want to say that I'm so glad you all were around and that this site was what it was for my first (and only) grad application cycle. I don't know what I would have done without the support and resources here. Thank you for everything ❤️
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    Anyone aced the GRE in one try?

    Umm I wouldn't say I aced it - I got V/Q scores of 157/154 - but I got into my PhD program with that, so... I studied with a GRE study book by Kaplan and with Magoosh for vocab.
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    Minneapolis, MN

    - I live in Uptown now and it's really nice and there are express buses to the UMN campus... but it can be pricey to live here. If you found a roommate or two, this would be a good option. Lots to do in Uptown and good for if you like to keep your home and school life separate to a degree. - Along the light rail into St Paul (Prospect Park and beyond) is an option, but for the decent-to-nice apartments the price is inflated, and it's not as nice of an area as Uptown. - Marcy-Holmes near St Anthony Main and the Stone Arch Bridge (campus side, not downtown side) is a great with a mix of older undergrads, grad students, and young families (there is an elementary school and a high school around there). It's walkable to campus or there is a bus that takes roughly 5-10mins. I lived in this neighborhood for 5 years, as an undergrad and a few years post-graduation, before moving to Uptown and I loved it. I would look there first for housing. I love Minneapolis, and though I'm moving out-of-state for grad school this fall, feel free to message me if you have any questions about the Cities
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    Question for prospective Clinical Psych PhD!

    Have you considered medical school? A good number of neuropsychologists have MDs, and it sounds like psychiatry might be of interest to you as well which would also be an MD pursuit.
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    Question for prospective Clinical Psych PhD!

    I agree with other posters here that a PsyD might be a better option for you if you don't like research but want a doctoral degree. I want to ask, though - have you considered Master's programs? Your question (about why some people express disorders while others don't) could be explored through fields like epidemiology/Master's in public health. You could pursue a Master's in psychology, psychological sciences, mental health, mental health counseling, clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, etc. which would allow you to work with different populations of people. There are Master's programs that allow for licensure. More to the point of your post: I don't think your research needs to be in any specific, narrow field of interest; the fact that you've done research in psychology will be a huge help regardless. However, it is never a bad idea to look for RA opportunities prior to applying to graduate school. For reference, I have 2.5 years of RA experience in neuromodulation science and neuropsychological assessment administration, and I was admitted to a Counseling Psychology PhD program with a focus in multicultural mental health. I don't have high-percentile GRE scores or anything either; I just demonstrated that my interests, personality, and other experiences (volunteer, etc.) are a good fit with the lab and program.
  6. pataka

    I haven't heard ANYTHING...?

    Usually that means the department recommended you for admission to the graduate school, but I would call and ask.
  7. pataka

    Keep a Word, Drop a Word

    steam boat
  8. pataka

    PhD Final Decision Thread Fall 2018

    UMD-College Park for Counseling Psychology! It's my top choice and also the only place I got an offer from so I guess it worked out :-)
  9. pataka

    Let’s just TALK about it...

    This is the most likely situation; however, this is not what happened with me. Due to time constraints and potentially some funding issues my advisor did not extend an offer to anyone in the first round, and I got the offer after everything was straightened out.
  10. pataka

    Let’s just TALK about it...

    YOU GUYS. I GOT IN!!! I was sitting on 5 rejections and 1 waitlist (for my top choice school) with very little communication about what was happening with the adcomm. I got a phone call from my POI today and they said I was their first choice (they did not extend an offer to anyone else) and that the reason for the delay/waitlist was that they had a lot to figure out internally. I'm still waiting on the official letter with the funding offer, but I'm so excited, and relieved, and a little bit in shock. This late in the game, I had more than prepared myself for applying again next year. Holy wow. This thread was a life-saver for me throughout the wait process; I appreciate it so much.
  11. pataka

    Fall 2018 Psych PhD Interviews (not clinical)

    I'm so sorry Cindy I still haven't heard anything from my POI from my interview that was at the beginning of Feb. One person from my interview cohort messaged me to say they received an offer and I am still in limbo so I don't know how to feel about that. This school is my last chance so I'm prepping my list for next year's apps too. Also finding it hard to find motivation because of the sadness. I'm hoping it will get better. Hang in there <3
  12. pataka

    Keep a Word, Drop a Word

    hazard pay
  13. pataka

    Keep a Word, Drop a Word

    behavior therapy
  14. pataka

    Let’s just TALK about it...

    Didn't you just post this in another thread like yesterday? Maybe it was because you already said the first POI was a better fit so why would she bother interviewing you. Maybe other people didn't list more than one potential PI on their application so it wasn't even a question. Did you follow up with the first POI to let her know you think she is the best fit for you, after meeting the second person?
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    Keep a Word, Drop a Word

    bee keeping
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