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  1. It seems like a big part of your concern is the time that it may take you to finish. I will tell you that, while it is important, the time you could spend in school- particularly in doc programs- is not always as dependable as you might think. In those years life happens. I know a few too many people who started a program thinking it would take 2 years, but it took 3. Which program will offer you more training for what you want to be doing as a professional? If I were you, I would also actually break down the cost. I know a lot of time we can say to ourselves "oh, it is more expensive" but not realize just how much more. The last thing I will say is, which one would you be excited to go to? It may seem silly, but I think some times we forget to actually listen to our gut about this stuff.
  2. I think that this is a great question for current students, and being really frank about your worry or concern. Especially if you have already gotten in. It's a fair question and one that current students should easily be able to attest to. I would also think about whether the people up top in the program, who were theoretically in charge of those individuals and may have been a part of their behavior going on as long as it might have...are they still there? Are they still a big influence? What have they done since that happened to make the program better?
  3. I'm no expert but I know from looking at what seems like hundreds of webpages for applications that most all include that somewhere easily accessible. Sounds like you have had the same experience. I'd say if this is what is holding you back you should really pursue getting it. Or be transparent about your hesitancy in accepting before seeing it- you've been offered a spot after all, and you are doing your part to make sure you are proactive about the decision making process. If you have a mentor/supervisor assigned, I would email them or call them asap, too. And if you have a list of questions that you are hoping to get answered that would be in the handbook, I would write those out and send them to whoever if they still will not send it to you. Also, if possible get as much in writing as you can so you can reference back to it! Also, if you are wondering if this is seemingly unethical... it may not hurt to call the APA and just get guidance from them. I really don't know the answer, but I know I have called before about something and they were helpful in giving me an answer.
  4. Hi yes I have been in grad school (a masters) AND worked a full time job while applying to doc programs, while being in a ldr- going on three years now. And there are a few things I can say about it. It's tough, and it isn't the most fun thing. But it's doable. If you and your partner are strong and stable with your relationship, it is absolutely a thing that can happen. A few things to consider in terms of the advice I could lend- how long will it be? One or two years is much easier to swallow than, say, five or six. Would there be the option for them to move closer to you in that time? How far away will you all be? I am only 3.5 away from my partner, so I can drive over in an afternoon which is a real blessing. And, if anything, I have found that this really- REALLY- strengthened us. And it really made us think about our relationship and made us decide to do it intentionally, as opposed to us doing it out of convenience or ease. We are stronger than we have ever been, and we have outlasted many other couples we know that live in the same city- and I firmly believe it is because we have strong foundations as a result of the distance we have had to work through. There can be silver linings to it. In terms of advice- communication and planning. Communicate- call each other. Text. Send snail mail, emails, anything to let them know you are thinking of them, and want to connect with them. Also, PLANNING. Always have a weekend to look forward to. Whenever I see my partner, knowing when I leave we only have 3 weeks, 2 weeks, etc, until I see them again makes the goodbye a little bit easier. If you feel anything like I felt when I got my news that I was leaving, it's a mixture of excitement and dread over the unknown. But I can tell you, it really is doable. Hope that helps
  5. Hi all, I cannot find a topic anywhere about this. If there is one- feel free to post it here, but I thought it would be helpful for anyone who is getting ready for interviews to post any questions/comments/suggestions while we all struggle through this together? For example, I am curious if anyone has any thoughts on prepping for an interview and what materials you do/do not read. Specifically I am looking through my POI's material, (they have a lot of publications even in the last year), and I am not sure if I should spend time reading the articles that they are not the first author on? Cheers
  6. Hi all, I cannot find a topic anywhere about this. If there is one- feel free to post it here, but I thought it would be helpful for anyone who is getting ready for interviews to post any questions/comments/suggestions while we all struggle through this together? For example, I am curious if anyone has any thoughts on prepping for an interview and what materials you do/do not read. Specifically I am looking through my POI's material, (they have a lot of publications even in the last year), and I am not sure if I should spend time reading the articles that they are not the first author on? Cheers
  7. Hello! So I have a weird situation. I was offered an interview at a School Psych PhD program on the same weekend as another program. I had already RSVP'd to the other program, so I had responded inquiring if they had an alternative interview option (skype, phone, in person on a different day, etc.). After several weeks of following up to get my email answered, I received an email today updating me that they do not have another interview day, and that they "wish me the best" in my future endeavors. I have so many feelings about this. I went back and read through the language in their offer letter and it does not indicate that the interview is required for consideration. It states that they "appreciate in-person meetings" (which is why I had offered to come a different date). Their website does not indicate that either. I'm shocked, confused, and feel like I am being punished for something I'm not sure how I could have prevented. Anyway, this post is part rant and part- what do I do? Has anyone else had this happen before? I have never had a problem getting a different interview option. This cycle alone I have rescheduled two- with one resulting in an admission offer! It's so bizarre. After all, we are all in the same boat- everyone is applying and has to juggle/balance between a handful of weekends. I am unsure if I should say anything. Of course, I am disappointed for my own selfish reasons, but more than that this could be an easily preventable situation for future applicants if they were more explicit in their letter about their interview attendance expectations. I would hate to have someone else feel this disappointment in the future. While I want to reach out, I also don't want to be looked at like I am being "dramatic" or "difficult" just because I had the interview option retracted. I also know that programs/professors do and can talk to one another, and I would really hate if that was the tone they perceived and then shared. Maybe I am over thinking things, but its a risk nonetheless. And I am sure we all know that getting accepted is a daunting and terrifyingly delicate road... Anyway, any thoughts are appreciated.
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