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  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
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    Clinical Psychology

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  1. kitcassidance

    St. Louis, MO

    Hi! Have done a decent amount of research already, but it's hard to get a feel for places from google alone. Anyone have suggestiosn for neighborhoods with apartments that are (rank order priorities): 1) dog-friendly 2) affordable (ideally under $1000 for a 2bd) 3) reasonably safe 4) have in unit w/d 5) exposed brick if we're picking and choosing 6) garage access Anyone have suggestions? Or neighborhoods I should definitely steer clear of?
  2. While I agree you don't want to go into debt for any graduate program, I think publications will be more meaningful than having a master's degree. If you're able to publish several first author publications with the first school, I'm not sure why a doctoral program would see that as a negative. Would you be able to publish at the second school? If you can, this may be a better choice than going into debt for a masters, even if the research is in a slightly less related field. However, you also mention that school two is your dream school for clinical psych. I know this varies from school to school, but I was told by several POIs that they do not accept volunteers from their lab, and they're highly discouraged to accept students with a degree from their university. Are you dead set on attending one of these two programs? Have you considered applying for research coordinator positions where you could get solid letters of recommendation and a few publications from that study? Just a thought. Good luck, and congratulations on your acceptances!!
  3. kitcassidance

    First-generation student (or not)?

    This is so sweet. My mama used to say the same thing. Love it
  4. kitcassidance

    Treat Yo Self

    Netflix, Ben & Jerry's, and a ridiculously last minute flight to Paris
  5. kitcassidance

    Don't talk about this!!! ?

    I feel like this is so important. I met a surprisingly high number of applicants who openly complained about other programs where they interviewed or made it clear they were not considering the current program. These comments are remembered by faculty - and future colleagues. Thank you for this reminder!
  6. kitcassidance

    Favorite Rejection Quotes from the Results Page

    I feel like I could pay off my undergrad loans with those application fees alone.
  7. kitcassidance

    Let’s just TALK about it...

    So... what time will the hypothetical email/phone call come? I have tons of undergrad professors who exclusively send me emails in the middle of the night, and I'm wondering if an informal email from a POI might also come at a very late time. Or do some professors send emails bright and early? Or If they do make a phone call, will they do it in the late morning, lunchtime, early evening? Ugh I just want more information. Unfortunately, I think this is totally dependent on the POI and the program itself. For one of my offers, I received a generic welcome e-mail from the DCT at 7:32am and didn't hear from my POI until three days later. (For what it's worth, he called around 3pm.) Another offer came on a Saturday afternoon. I think they're just making sure we are on our toes at ALL times, because why give us a set time frame to worry? Hope you get some good news soon!! My vote is after 1pm and before 3pm, so I can take off a few hours early from work and celebrate
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    Favorite Rejection Quotes from the Results Page

    Berkoooooley (Computer Science, PhD (F18) Rejected via Website on 5 Mar 2018 U 5 Mar 2018 report spam Like I give a damn. Give my money BACK! Hit me right in the financial feels. SAME.
  9. kitcassidance

    PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    Really tempted to show up to orientation day. “Oh, I was NOT accepted?? You were very unclear about that, so I figured I should show up just in case.” (Sorry about the school though. Hope you’re finding better luck elsewhere!)
  10. kitcassidance

    PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    In case I missed the message, they followed up with a snail mail rejection as well.
  11. I was at work, on the phone with a participant, when my Inbox changed from "Inbox" to "(1) Inbox." I opened it -- because I can multitask, alright? That's why you hired me, remember, *boss*? I was still actively engaging in this phone conversation -- and saw an e-mail saying "Your Admission Decision is Available." My heart dropped. I thought for sure this meant rejection. Even the place I am currently waitlisted gave me a courtesy telephone call. Decision via portal clearly meant rejection. I immediately closed my inbox, and tried to keep from crying while I spoke to my participant for another thirty-four agonizing minutes. When she hung up, I took a deep breath, let myself cry a little, and opened the portal. Skimmed for words, shortish letter, skimmed some more -- "CONGRATULATIONS!" Cried some more, happy tears this time. As it was already 4:30, I checked in with my coworker, cried even more, hugged, and we each clocked out a few minutes early to celebrate with mimosas (hold the OJ. I guess that's just called champagne everywhere else in the country).
  12. kitcassidance

    Bring notes to the interview?

    My guess is this is to make sure you’re a good program fit and not just a good PI fit. AdComs are made up of more than just the faculty you applied to work with, and you’ll be expected throughout the program to work with faculty outside of your specific lab (in class, maybe research collaboration m, etc) More than this, I’ve found it SO helpful to have interviews with faculty other than my POI. This is a great opportunity for you to get more of a feel for the program as a whole, and not just for the lab you’re applying within. The more research heavy programs I’ve applied to actually do a lot of collaboration across labs, and I was able to see which programs I could realistically explore several areas of interest vs where I would need to hone in on one area of speciality. I’ve only heard back from one program thus far, and I was actually accepted to a lab I initially didn’t apply to work in. As many have said more eloquently, interview days are meant to be for you as much as they are for the program. Good luck with your interview! Keep us posted
  13. kitcassidance

    Any married grad students here?

    My husband and I were married at 26 (considered super old for where I grew up, ridiculously young for where I'm living now), and as others have said, I loved having his support while earning my masters. Many people in my field take a year or two out of undergrad before applying, so it's not unheard of to be my age when going back to grad school. That said, I cannot imagine completing a PhD without his emotional (and financial) support. Another "benefit" is I honestly think it's less distracting. During my MA program there was a lot of drama over hookups within our cohort, and even on PhD interviews I've heard students asking more questions about the dating scene than the research and work itself. I would be cautious about your guest list if you're getting married a year or so into your program. I invited a few close friends from my MA program, but it was a larger cohort (~35) so the lack of invitations wasn't surprising, but I can see how this could get dicey with a smaller program. Congratulations on your engagement! My guess is you may get a few raised eyebrows about "getting married so young," but most of your cohort interactions will be unaffected :)
  14. kitcassidance

    Job Boards?

    I think the biggest thing is deciding what your long term goal is. If you want to apply again, I still think there’s a benefit in working as a clinical research assistant, especially if you can get both clinical experience and publications. If you’re not wanting to apply again, and aren’t that interested in research, there are a variety of job options. It may be worth looking into licensure certificates rather than PhDs that will allow you to practice, etc. Laws vary state to state, but several certificates allow you to practice. These are relatively inexpensive and would be fairly easy to complete considering you already have your Masters.
  15. kitcassidance

    Job Boards?

    I think I may be confused on what it is you're looking for. You specifically mentioned RA/Lab Coordinator positions in your original post. I'm currently in a coordinator role, which is marketed as a BA level position. As I mentioned above, this has been a really incredible opportunity for expanding my research and making me more marketable as a grad school applicant, but IS ultimately BA level work.

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