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  1. Definitely wear a suit (whether dress, skirt, or pants is up to you). If you are applying to clinical/counseling programs, it is unlikely you will be overdressed. On the off chance you are, it is better to be overdressed in a full suit rather than be underdressed. Also, I would probably just do a simple ponytail.
  2. Is this for a clinical psych PhD I'm assuming? What are your research interests/what is your research experience? Do your interests align with faculty at these programs? Research fit and experience often trumps GRE/GPA in importance.
  3. .....I don't see anything unethical about helping someone assemble some booklets. I think that person may be over-reacting.
  4. While it is a good idea to give a bit of a buffer in case you need to resubmit things, admissions typically don't look at apps until after the deadline. It's called a deadline for a reason. That's when they want you to submit things by.
  5. Best bet is to just get an intro to psych textbook. Also, have you looked into specific programs? Most of them don't even want the Psych GRE. I would also look into the requirements for admission. Many of them require certain undergrad classes for admission.
  6. In the US, even most PsyDs take more than 4 years. The shortest programs are 4+1 (4 years at the school and 1 year of internship). Some schools will allow you to transfer in some MA level classes. However, the APA and CPA have a reciprocity agreement, so if you complete your doctorate in Canada, you can still apply for APA accredited internships or get licensed in the US with a CPA accredited internship.
  7. Are you required to rotate through labs or can you stick with the one you're in if you're happy there? In my discipline, it's more common to come in wanting to work with a specific person and only changing if something isn't working out for whatever reason. Otherwise, people stay in the same lab with the same mentor until they graduate, possibly collaborating with other faculty.
  8. This is definitely a bizarre situation. I don't know if I've ever seen a formal policy against it, but common sense alone dictates that the TA should not be a current student for a variety of reasons. 1. How can you judge the quality of someone's work when you are not as fluent in the subject matter? A TA is usually someone who did well in a course and then assists in the instruction and grading of material in subsequent semesters/years. It's like the in-between stage of student and professor. 2. How can the TA be impartial if they are grading their fellow classmates? This is another reason why TAs are usually more advanced students because the likelihood of there being much interaction and "history" with the students in the class is unlikely.
  9. Yes, but programs are usually a bit lenient if the LOR is sent within a day or two.
  10. I think that if you do this, I would leave the cultural fit out of it. I would discuss the lab fit, stating that the mentor you were working with left and you have been unable to find someone at your current institution who is doing the type of work you want to do.
  11. The advisor/advisee relationship is a professional one. One hopes that it is positive, but sometimes that is not the case. However, it is usually frowned upon to be friends with your advisor. They are evaluating you throughout your graduate school progress. Sometimes, towards the end of your program, when you are transitioning from pupil to colleague, a more traditional friendship may form. However, that is not always to be expected. The expectation is that this individual aids in your academic, research, and professional growth. Honestly, an advisor who views you as a friend may have boundary concerns that can hinder your academic progress as well, although maybe not as severely as an advisor who is unavailable and/or abusive. Depending on what is going on, I typically meet with my advisor once a week or once every two weeks to talk about research projects. That is about average in my program. I would strongly urge you to keep the personal out of the relationship and just stick with the professional, especially given how strongly this past situation has impacted you. Also, I don't remember if you had mentioned this in any of your other posts, but I recommend you seek counseling regarding the impact that previous relationship had on you to help you move on. Lastly, I don't think a gap is a problem as long as you are doing something relevant with that time. I took a 3 year gap between completing my MA and starting my PsyD program. In that time, I published my MA thesis in an academic journal and worked full time in a job adjacent to my ultimate career goals. I was able to speak to that time in between programs as a time of growth in making me certain of this path and how the knowledge I have will help me succeed in the graduate program.
  12. Think of it this way: your advisor, from the sound of it, could only choose 1 student out of hundreds of qualified applicants. You were their number 2. You still beat out tons of people. And who knows, maybe your were neck and neck with the other person, but they had a just slightly higher GRE or just slightly better research fit. On all accounts, you two were probably equal, but your advisor had to rank order so he/she may have had to just toss a coin. I would try to reframe your thinking to consider you beat out tons of other people.
  13. I agree with the others. Look at the pre-req courses for PhD programs and see if you have those courses. If not, then a master's is a good route. I would suggest CUNY. They are significantly cheaper than Teacher's College and NYU, and there are tons of research opportunities. Depending on your niche subject area, you can choose which CUNY would be most appropriate for your interests. John Jay is more forensically based, Queens college is more neuroscience heavy, etc. As far as your concern about prestige, CUNY is a very highly rated R1 research university (for reference, while Columbia is an R1, Teacher's College is an R2). CUNY carries a lot of weight in the psych field. If you have that pre-reqs, I would just look for paid RA positions. Columbia Medical Center hires a ton of RAs. You can look at the other hospitals in the city as well. The Manhattan VA also has a ton of research, so you can check out USAJobs.gov to see if they are hiring (although that process may take awhile).
  14. I think most schools allows multiple scores. When you go to ETS, you select which scores out of all the ones you have you want to submit to each school. It doesn't cost any different to submit both scores vs 1. They will just see a report indicating whatever testing dates you select.
  15. I would not advise it. 1. Most portals won't allow a 4th upload. 2. It gives the impression you can't follow directions 3. It probably won't be read even if you can submit it. If you truly think the information about your TAing will make an impact, you should opt to replace one of the other 3. However, most programs mostly care about your research experience. As cynical as this may sound, a letter speaking to you as a human being will probably not matter at all. Your research fit is 1 of the most critical pieces of the application. They'll examine your human-ness at the interview weekend if/when you get to that stage.
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