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PsyDGrad90 last won the day on September 21 2018

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  1. PsyDGrad90

    PsyD: Loyola or UIndy?

    Personally, if everything else is equal, I'd probably prioritize the program that would allow me to walk out with less debt. PSLF and other forms of student loan forgiveness aren't guaranteed to stick around, and interest rates for student loans can really shoot up the overall cost. You don't want to spend forever paying off grad school debt (especially if you already have undergrad debt added on top).
  2. PsyDGrad90

    Requesting Feedback After Rejection

    Something along the lines of "thank you for the opportunity to interview with your program. I was hoping you could provide some feedback on how I can improve my application for the following cycle."
  3. PsyDGrad90

    PsyD: Loyola or UIndy?

    Do either of them offer funding? That would be a factor for me. If you would be happy with either program, I would then consider quality of life factors. How much debt will you have to take out? What's the cost of living like? If the program quality is equal, I would focus on the other factors that will affect your next few years and beyond (in regards to loans).
  4. Research experience and products (posters/pubs) will mean more than your undergrad GPA. If you don't have any as of yet, it may be better for you to spend extra time getting research experience and applying in 2021, as i don't know how much you'll be able to accomplish in the time before 2020 apps are due.
  5. While some faculty may look at the low undergrad GPA as a negative, most probably won't care as you have a high masters GPA (indicating you can do graduate level work) and a high GRE. You are definitely not the 1st person to bomb undergrad and then get it together later in life, and you won't be the last.
  6. PsyDGrad90

    Bringing Spouse on Visit

    I don't think it's a problem to bring your spouse to the city. You were admitted and therefore most likely moving there. This affects your spouse's life just as much as it does yours. It's up to you if you'd like to disclose this information, but any program that frowns upon that probably has a few other red flags too.
  7. PsyDGrad90

    I is stressed *Non-Judgmental Space for PhD Applicants*

    Last year, I interviewed around that date and heard back about a month later.
  8. PsyDGrad90

    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    I think it might be nice. She may just be nervous and not know what to say, so you reaching out and saying hi and introducing yourself may help put her at ease.
  9. PsyDGrad90

    Assistantship considered "Student" or "Employee"

    I'm not sure if you would be considered an employee for loan purposes. However, to qualify for the non-profit loan forgiveness in general, you have to be making regular, monthly payments for 10 consecutive years on an approved income-based loan repayment program.
  10. PsyDGrad90

    First Cycle Results: What to do next? Please help.

    As @buckeyepsych said, I wouldn't worry too much about getting more clinical experience. The main thing is really research. Try to get conference posters/presentations and publications if possible. That will mean more than potential clinical experiences. More clinical won't hurt, but more research will have a greater impact.
  11. PsyDGrad90

    First Cycle Results: What to do next? Please help.

    Your plan sounds good as is. You don't need to do a formal post-bacc or MA. You already have a research connection and a plan to improve your GRE, so as long as you follow through, you should be on a good path. Also, part of graduate school is being able to be a self-learner and self-motivate yourself to accomplish tasks. Therefore, honing those skills would also help you once you get into grad school.
  12. PsyDGrad90

    How official is an unofficial offer

    I would visit anyway. This way you know you are making the most informed decision. An unofficial acceptance is usually a green light, but there's always a chance something happens.
  13. Most likely, having an LOR for him would be a benefit, as that means you already have an advocate at that university.
  14. PsyDGrad90

    How do you manage transportational needs in grad school?

    It really depends on where you end up. In some places, you need a car, while others have very good public transportation available. A lot of college towns will have a good transportation network, making it easy to get around town. With that said, I would suggest you start saving now if you have the means to do so. Worst case is you don't need to buy/lease a car and end up with some emergency savings. The stipend probably wouldn't be enough to buy a car. Even if you lease, you usually need a down payment of some sort.
  15. PsyDGrad90

    Homesickness & Visiting Family

    But still relatively doable when you have long weekends, etc. Also, keep in mind that you will be very busy during the semester. I'm in my 1st year, and I barely have time to spend with my fiance (and we live together!). It's definitely a personal choice, and you have to consider if you could emotionally be that far away from family. However, if it's drivable, it makes the option of driving over every few months a possibility, especially if you typically have Fridays free (and throw in a 3-day weekend with a Monday holiday such as President's Day and that's a 4-day weekend for you!).

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