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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to imemine in You made it.... Now what?   
    I haven’t even made my decision yet but I keep obsessively looking at apartments in my top 2 cities..... it’s a problem😅
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to PsycUndergrad in You made it.... Now what?   
    Congrats guys! 
     
    Don’t do more work than you have to do for your job or classes. Don’t try to pre-study, don’t brush up on stats, don’t try to memorize your new advisor’s entire body of work... there’s no way to really prepare for grad school and you’ll just burn out. You have finally reached your goal and are about to be very stressed and poor for 5+ years, so now is the time to relax. I really regret not taking the time to travel or do more fun things before I started my PhD. 
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to Clinapp2017 in Parental leave of absence during a Ph.D. program   
    The reality of how well new parents are treated will vary by program. Best to ask students for the reality. Hopefully it’s a positive one. You can ask about student parents to talk to as part of your decision time. 
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to Modulus in Deciding Between Programs   
    If your goals are clinical practice, 2 seems like a great option to me.  As for location, it is very rare to stay in the same location for grad school and career.  You can go to location 1 for internship or work after having a great learning and training environment at 2. 
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to imemine in Fall 2020 Psychology Acceptances   
    School: UT-Austin
    Type of Program: Social-Personality Psych PhD
    Acceptance Date: 2/20/2020
    I've been getting a flurry of sweet, supportive emails from PIs, postdocs, and grad students over the last half hour and I'm so overwhelmed with happiness. I haven't made the official decision quite yet, but wow. This might be the one. 😍
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to Psychological Yam in You made it.... Now what?   
    I haven't decided what school yet but I do know I will be attending a Ph.D. program this fall!
    I've been traveling as much as my full-time job allows. working on some passion projects (YouTube and blogging), and reading books for fun (I'm a sucker for YA fiction). As well, I just preordered the Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch, so I intend on wasting as much time as possible playing that and Stardew Valley.
    Basically, I'm going to do very little to prepare myself for grad school besides my duties in my research lab that I volunteer/work in part-time. I just want to enjoy my time off and live as much as possible.
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to hopefulphd90 in Fall 2020 Psychology Acceptances   
    Is anyone else feverishly checking their application status portals for the official letter after receiving an acceptance via email?
     
    It still hasn’t hit me yet lol
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to Justice4All in Fall 2020 Psychology Acceptances   
    School: Columbia University 
    Type of Program: Counseling Psychology PhD
    Acceptance Date: 2/14/20
    POI: BV
     
    Dreams. Come. True. 
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to Yep in Interview Tips!   
    You need to figure out the research interests and go from there. It is totally fine to ask during the interview what your POI currently has planned or what’s the 5 year plan for his or her research.
    also, I’m if you have time with anyone in the lab you can totally get all the research details from them and be prepared for the interview
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    SocialPsych2018 got a reaction from GameOFScience818 in Fall 2020 Psychology Acceptances   
    School:  UC-Berkeley
    Type of Program: Social Psych, PhD
    Acceptance Date: Unofficial email from POI on 1/31, email from department head on 2/4, official notification on portal on 2/4
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to amazingbutternutsquash in Fall 2020 Developmental Psychology PhD   
    I just heard back from the last of my schools! It was a rejection, but I don't care at all because (to put it tactfully) the program came across as very lackluster during the interview (students came across as apathetic/arrogant, faculty argued vehemently in front of us -- it was weird). Also, my parents really wanted me to go there (to be closer to home) so I'm thrilled that this school isn't an option!
    Anyways. I am so so glad that the waiting is over. I feel free. 
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to Psychedbeyondrepair in *I is stressed* venting thread for Fall 2020 Applicants   
    oh! you actually got a response?! 😂 
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to Yep in *I is stressed* venting thread for Fall 2020 Applicants   
    This might be the best topic but screw it:
     
    what happens after your acceptance?!?!? I’m so bored now and all I want is to talk to people in the program and hear back from my new advisor. 
     
    PS to everyone venting about the challenges of getting in. This is my 3rd run. Every year I’ve improved myself and you can too!!!!
    2017-5 applied, 0 interviews
    2018-9 applied, 3 interviews
    2019- 21 applied, 9 interviews, 4 acceptances, 1 waitlist.
     
    if anyone needs advises, let me know. I can look over your stuff if you need insight for next year
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to PsyZei in Interview Tips!   
    I am married and I have children, it's something I brought up in every interview I had. Point blank, I don't want to be at a program that is going to make it hard for me to live my life in a healthy and balanced way. Also, they do want to know who you are as a person, so while I received many questions about my family, it was not from the point of view of them screening me out. It was from the point of view of them wanting to know who I was. I spent 20 minutes talking/listening to one professor about the indoor and outdoor water parks in the area and how awesome they were and how much fun they are to go to as a family activity and what a great selling point they are for living in the area (and I was accepted to that program). Just be yourself and if they ask about your family just say it's just you and your husband and move on. You don't owe anyone any explanations as to why it's just you and your husband or if it will ever be any different from being you and your husband (in fact, over-sharing and explaining that might be worse than just making the statement and moving on, because  could be implicitly identified as defensiveness &/or reaction rather than response). That's been my experience with it, anyways- I'm sure you are right and there are many many who have had the types of experiences you are concerned about.
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to HIP613 in Fall 2020 Social/Personality Psychology PhD   
    sending you a PM
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to GameOFScience818 in Fall 2020 Psychology Acceptances   
    School: UC San Diego
    Type of Program: Developmental Psychology 
    Acceptance Date: 2/6/2020
    POI: LP
                                                                                                         
    School: Boston University
    Type of Program: Developmental Science
    Acceptance Date: 2/10/2020
    POI: MK
                                                                                                         
    School: University of California, Irvine (UCI)
    Type of Program: Cognitive Science
    Acceptance Date: 2/11/2020
    POI: NC
     
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    SocialPsych2018 got a reaction from psychologygeek in *I is stressed* venting thread for Fall 2020 Applicants   
    Hi! I don't have a lot of help to give you, but I did an interview weekend in crutches 2 weeks ago, and I have another one this weekend. Yeah, it kinda sucks. But people have been really nice about it for me. Wishing you the best!
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to Yep in Am I crazy?   
    DID YOU GET IN?
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    SocialPsych2018 got a reaction from PianoPsych in Fall 2020 Psychology Acceptances   
    School:  UC-Berkeley
    Type of Program: Social Psych, PhD
    Acceptance Date: Unofficial email from POI on 1/31, email from department head on 2/4, official notification on portal on 2/4
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to PsyDuck90 in Sending an updated CV?   
    I wouldn't. Unless you just won a big grant or a first author publication, I doubt that would really move the needle. 
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    SocialPsych2018 got a reaction from xChrisx in Interview Tips!   
    Hi all! I had an interview last weekend, and my biggest piece of advice is: be ready to talk! 
    I expected interviews to be fairly structured but they were not at all. I had 5 in total, each 20 mins, and 2-3 of the profs had no questions for me. It was just kind of "So, what do you want to talk about?" or "What questions do you have for me?" Even my POI didn't have any questions! (We had skyped last month and she seemed to feel like she already knew what she needed to know!)
    So have questions, or study ideas, or topics of conversation ready. 
    And for the profs that did ask questions, it was almost always "what research do you want to do?" so be prepared with a short speech about that, and be prepared for follow up questions and just generally to talk about your research ideas and interests.
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to Psychtime in Has anyone got any stories of being accepted into a Phd Clinical Psychology program with a below 3.0 undergraduate gpa?   
    No, in short with so many applicants with much higher GPAs who don't get in, you have no shot. That is the brutal truth. If you smash the GREs, they will think you goofed off in school. Your best hope is to go to a master's and kill it. People saying it's holistic etc are dreaming if they think a sub 3.0 GPA will get a serious consideration. It won't. Dead on arrival. Are they even familiar with clinical psych?  . Unless it is an unfunded for profit school, but those are terrible, so don't go there. Don't waste your money applying at this point. The reality is people with 4.0 GPAs and great GRE get rejected all the time. someone with a 2.8 or something is not getting one of those few spots. This is the truth. No sugar coating, I know it sucks to hear, but it's the reality. 
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to twotimer in Has anyone got any stories of being accepted into a Phd Clinical Psychology program with a below 3.0 undergraduate gpa?   
    I agree with this post. If you are pursuing a PhD, a low GPA can hurt your application largely because you'll be screened out and won't reach final stages of the review process. Clinical psychology programs have hundreds of applications, and use metrics like GPA, GRE, etc. to filter. A master's degree could help "override" your undergrad GPA, and help you bypass these filters. Some advice I received that has been helpful: look at your application like data. The more data you have that suggests you're a good candidate (e.g. high GRE, research experience), the higher your chances. Try to make your GPA the outlier, and the rest of your application data show your true potential.
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to SoundofSilence in Has anyone got any stories of being accepted into a Phd Clinical Psychology program with a below 3.0 undergraduate gpa?   
    To add to this - of course, having a 3.0 GPA might not look too good for a selection committee, unless there are other factors that could bump up your academic record. For example, having a high psych major GPA (if you double majored in something difficult that would bring your GPA down). Also, having a master's could change things. Some universities have policies regarding the GPA for the last two years of study (if your last two years are 3.5 or better that would be good) or having excellent grades in a master's program would bring the GPA calculation up.
    So the specifics matter, and you can still have a shot to improve and be competitive for graduate admission.
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    SocialPsych2018 reacted to psychpsychpsych in I think I screwed up..   
    What do you mean 'diligence or self awareness that a prospective grad student should have, especially about research'?
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