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    School Psychology, PhD

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  1. sun&stars

    Letters of Recommendation Advice

    In my non-expert opinion, I feel like your best bet moving forward would be to get your letters from your undergraduate lab and the two professors (former PI and former course professor). I essentially had the same LOR. 1 from my undergrad PI, 1 from a professor I took several courses with, and the last from my current supervisor at work. The advice I was given the first time I applied was to get as many professors who know you well enough academically to write you letters AND someone who can speak to your work ethic. If the rec from the suicide hotline is more of a form letter, that might not put your best foot forward. In terms of the professor you could potentially have a stronger relationship with around application season...I wouldn't want to put my third egg in an uncertain basket when it comes to these applications. But those are just my thoughts based on advice I've been given the past few years!
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    Columbia Teachers College - School Psychology PhD Interview

    Thanks for posting here because I truly had no idea what was going on! At this point, I assumed a rejection, but any correspondence would have been nice.
  3. sun&stars

    Fall 2019 School Psychology Applicants

    Congrats on your acceptance! That's so great! I don't have any input about Wayne State's interview (I didn't apply), BUT I will say that I got into one program last year and I chose not to go because I was really turned off by the way everyone was acting on interview day. I won't name the program, but it sucks because I think sometimes they forget that you're also there to scope them out and see if you could see yourself working with the faculty and students. Usually interview days can even seem fake if everyone is slapping on a happy attitude, but it's pretty telling if they're being rude and nasty. If your friend is interested in the program, I don't think it would hurt if they still went to the interview. Maybe there were some other factors that contributed to your bad interview day and they will have pulled it together by the time your friend goes.
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    Fall 2019 School Psychology Applicants

    Yeah I got the same email this morning and have no idea what to make of it...
  5. Have you tried to google the POI to see what comes up? If I didn't have a CV beforehand, I at least got information from researchgate(dot)net. I don't have much information about emailing POIs after being invited to interview. Typically, it would have been ideal to email them prior to application deadlines. If you decide to email anyone, it might be best to email current students if their information is available. If you do email a professor and they sign off with a first name, I would still use "Professor X" or "Dr. Y" since you don't know them yet.
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    Fall 2019 School Psychology Applicants

    For anyone who applied to UNC Chapel Hill's program: I just called and the faculty are just now starting to review applications. Expect to hear from the program within 2-3 weeks from the application deadline. Possibly earlier, but that is their estimate.
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    Interview Advice

    I would also like to add that you don’t want to be THAT person who’s being a Debby downer the whole time. At one of my interviews, another applicant kept complaining about how early she had to wake up that morning and how she had no idea how she was going to fit in all of her interviews ?. The worst part was that she didn’t turn off the negative vibes when we were speaking to current students! They are on the lookout for our personalities too, and she continued to be just as negative with them. She may have been nervous or something, but after that day was over, I knew that I would not want to be in a cohort with her. Try to keep it together and remember how amazing it is that you were invited to interview for that program!
  8. sun&stars

    Interview Advice

    I asked a non-POI about things specific to the program. I asked about the best part of the program from the faculty side. I’ve also asked what brought them to X university. I feel like that helped me get a better picture of the program and why it has to offer everyone there.
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    Fall 2019 School Psychology Applicants

    On the website, UNC says that decisions for admissions begins in January and February. I haven't seen anything regarding Chapel Hill's admissions this cycle yet. I might reach out to them next week about it...
  10. I've recently worked my way back to crocheting! Hopefully I can continue to learn and shape my craft while in school.
  11. sun&stars

    The wait begins!

    Round number 2 for me! Let's go!
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    I wouldn't think too much into it at this point. They're going into the winter break, so if they haven't met yet, they probably won't until after the break.
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    I got an interview invite for the School Psych program at Temple! Their interview day is January 14th, and I got an email from the program coordinator on the 14th.
  14. From what I've learned as I look into School Psychology programs, they still want to know what your research interests could be. Programs also understand that interests change overtime and whatever you state as an interest may not be what you end up studying. Also, if you have experience teaching and your research interests are related, it would show that you have practical experience related to what you'd like to study. I'm in a similar boat where I know what my research interests are but my research experiences are not related to that topic at all! If you have interests that you'd like to investigate, I would definitely add them. And then you can wrap that into how it relates to your career interests! (I'm applying this cycle and not in a program, so this is based on what I've learned in my school psych research. Hope it helps!)
  15. sun&stars

    Fall 2018 Clinical Psych Interview Invites

    Congrats! Would you mind PMing me the initials of your POI?

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