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Everything posted by PsyDGrad90

  1. It honestly depends on the emphasis of research in the PsyD program. For instance, I am in a small cohort model university based PsyD where research is a huge part of the training model. When I applied, I identified faculty of interest just as I did for my PhD apps. Everyone in my cohort had specific faculty mentors in mind that were strong research fits, and that is a large factor in why we were offered admission over other strong candidates. We have also been heavily involved in research from day 1 of the program (a few of us even started in the labs in the summer before our 1st semester began). If the program doesn't really mention research as a big component of your training, it may be less important.
  2. I spent about $10 on a neoprene pouch for my laptop, and then it goes into my big purse. It's protected in transit, which is the only thing I'm really worried about. I use Avast's free antivirus software (I have for years). As far as charging, I just bring the charger with me and charge it when it gets around 20-30% cuz I don't want it to die on me if I'm in the middle of something and don't have access to an outlet.
  3. MSW is more portable. The best bang for your buck is usually programs in state schools. They typically provide good training for an affordable price if you qualify for the in-state tuition.
  4. 1. No drawbacks or real benefits. While there may be 1 or 2 programs that may review material prior to the admissions deadline, rolling admissions is not common in clinical PhD programs. Right now, everyone is getting back into the swing of things in the semester and also making sure that the most senior cohort is ready for internship apps and dissertation defenses. 2. You don't need to make yourself 100% available if a program reaches out. They understand you have responsibilities. Make sure your voicemail message is updated and professional. You don't need to set up an automatic reply for your email. That's usually for out-of-office notifications for work. If you really want to, I don't think that will derail your chances of getting in. It just may confuse the person sending the email, as they may assume you are unavailable or they typed in the email address wrong. You don't need to answer within 2 minutes of getting an email. Replying within 24-48 hours is a generally accepted standard. There may be the occasional person who teaches out December 20th or so. The vast majority are focused on the holidays with their families and getting final grades posted for the end of fall semester.
  5. This is pretty much exactly what I did as well. Also, to answer the other question. Yes, you want to, ideally, list multiple faculty you have interest in working with and why. Schools like when you can fit with at least 2 faculty. Things happen. Funding may dry up, personalities may clash, etc. Having more than 1 person you can work with increases the chances that you don't become stuck if something doesn't work out with your 1st choice and you potentially bail (drop outs can look poorly on the program if they happen often, and each PhD student costs the university money and and time investment, so they want some extra insurance that their investment in you is worth the expense).
  6. Your SOP should do a few things: 1. Outline your specific research interests 2. Explain what skills you have to make you successful in graduate school 3. What experiences you have that make you a good fit for this program 4. What about this program specifically stands out as being a good fit for your interests. 1 and 2 are pretty standard, 3 requires some tweaking per essay, and 4 should be unique to each essay. You can essentially create an SOP where certain paragraphs are the same and others need some adjustments or need to be swapped out entirely.
  7. Your SOP is not just a retelling of your CV. Instead you want to explain to the reader what your ultimate goal is, how this program will get you there, and what you have done already to prepare yourself to succeed in the program and reach that ultimate goal. If you can't tie in any relevant skills from your work experience, just don't include it. However, there may be an anecdote about good problem solving skills in your job or something that may be useful.
  8. No one can really answer that question for you but you. It's also unclear what your specific career goal is. Do you want to be a professor? A degree is a means to an end. You want to think about what your preferred career is and then choose how to best get there. Also, you have to think about the cost-benefit analysis. There is nothing wrong with pursuing an advanced degree at any age. However, a PhD is a full time job. Do you have any savings for retirement? You also don't want to force yourself into a position where you just enter the workforce in your late 40's and have to work until you're 85 to be able to afford retirement. Do you have a spouse? How do they feel about potential relocation? If you do want to be a professor, it is a difficult job market and you often have to go where the job is. How does your spouse (if you have one) feel about this?
  9. It depends on the program. Some will allow transfer credits. Others won't.
  10. Honestly, I don't know if either of them sound that relevant. Is there maybe a professor you could ask that you've had some classes with? I don't know who your other 2 letters are.
  11. Publish. Publish. Publish. With an MA, faculty are going to expect far more research products than a single poster, especially when not from a national conference. Try to pump out as many posters and pubs as you possibly can.
  12. If you are reaching out to perspective POIs, it is often better to have a clear, targeted question that cannot be answered by the website. The faculty will be aware of who's interested because the applications ask you to indicate faculty of interest. This should also be made clear in your SOP. Just reaching out to notify them of your existence and interest isn't going to improve your chances. However, if you have a pointed question regarding their research, that may increase the likelihood that they have a positive association with your name.
  13. As long as your scores are within the average range for accepted students, you should be fine. GREs and GPAs are usually looked at to make sure someone meets a certain threshold. Research fit, reseach experience, SOP, and LORs carry more weight.
  14. An MSW from a CSWE accredited program will allow you to transfer across states. An MA level mental health counseling license or marriage family therapist licence is a little harder, as each state has it's own requirements. There is no MA license in psych, only doctorate. If it's an APA accredited program, you will generally meet the licensing requirements of most states. The best thing to do is look up the licensure requirements of each state you're interested in and see how they compare. Then, make sure whatever programs you're interested in meet the most requirements of the most stringent state you may want to practice in.
  15. The portals usually open in October. However, the program websites will tell you all the materials that they want. You can start working on SOPs and such now. There aren't usually any further instructions in the application itself. There are just usually spots to fill out demographics (name, DOB, address, etc) and links to upload the documents they require.
  16. As long as you can tie in your experience well in an SOP, and your interests align with those of the faculty, you should be fine. The research skills are still transferable.
  17. Just FYI, my school uses Blackboard and I'm an adjunct professor as well. It may only be my school, but we can't make the course visible to students until the official start of the semester.
  18. That information will already be available to them within the application, as usually you are requires to input your mailing address. I wouldn't spend any space in a statement of purpose or anything like that to mention this. It won't add or detract from your application.
  19. If your undergrad GPA is fine, then option 1 is your best bet. Why pay money for a degree you don't necessarily need when you can get paid to get the experience you truly need? If you cannot find a paid research position, maybe you can reach out for volunteer positions if economically feasible? You'd still be ahead financially vs going for a master's. Based on what you've stated, it seems like the degree itself isn't something you really need to be competitive, rather it's an easier way to get the research experience. Also, and you may already be doing this, apply broadly for research positions. The research you do now doesn't necessarily have to be within the realm of your specific interests. As long as the subject matter or techniques are transferable, it's a good option.
  20. R&D jobs will still most likely want a PharmD, at least based on the experience of most of my friends who have gone the PharmD route. None of them actually work in a pharmacy. They all work in corporate lab settings. I would suggest searching the jobs you ultimately want and see what credentials they are asking for. Then go from there. All of my input is based on what friends of mine have done (and are very successful in lucrative careers), but I am in psych so I don't have 1st hand knowledge of that field.
  21. Oh yeah, that changes things. I would definitely opt to not do an online pharma degree. At the graduate level, hands on experience is crucial. Your best bet is to probably then get the chem B and apply for better, in-person grad programs (whether MA or PharmD). Can you also look for BA/PharmD joint programs? I don't know where you're located, but I know they exist. I've had friends who have done them at various schools in the NY metro area.
  22. I feel like if you were already accepted to a MA program, it means the school felt you have the potential for success. I don't know if doing a 2nd bachelor's is going to help too much since you are already accepted into a graduate program for what you want to do. I would just start the MA and make sure to take advantage of office hours/tutoring centers for any weak spots throughout the program. Otherwise, you are just pushing off the start of your career.
  23. I would do casual, but like....nice casual. Like maybe a nice sundress or nice pants without holes in them. When I went for my orientation, I also brought a small notepad and pen. I don't believe I took any notes though.
  24. Most programs don't open their application until sometime in September at the earliest.
  25. Interesting. I usually skim differently. I will read the abstract, skim the lit review, read the hypotheses, skim methods, read results, and skim discussion. If it is an experimental paper, my class discussions usually focus more on the methodology and results and how the findings are relevant to whatever the topic at hand is.
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