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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from ResilientDreams in How do PhD students usually spend their summers?   
    I'm in my 1st summer of a clinical program. I think it may depend on your research lab. My advisor is having us work remotely on individual summer goals we've discussed with her. We will mostly have check ins via email but may have an occasional in person lab meeting if necessary and we have some in person data collection dates. A few people I know got summer jobs to be able to make some extra cash.
    TLDR: it seems to be less intense than the normal semesters but you may still have a few responsibilities. 
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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from PianoPsych in Are LOR content requirements similar across schools?   
    As long as they are for the same type of program (i.e. all clinical or all social, etc.) then there shouldn't be that much editing for your letter writers. 
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    PsyDGrad90 reacted to ResilientDreams in The Positivity Thread   
    I graduated from undergrad today!!!!
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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from ResilientDreams in Overwhelmed by the transition to Doc Student   
    That stinks, I'm sorry that your leasing agent messed up so bad.  However, it may be a good thing. College towns usually have really good public transportation. A few people I know in various schools had their cars in grad school and still almost never used them because the bus was way easier than parking in the downtown area or by school. 
    Hopefully, if you find that you do want your car, you can snag a parking pass after a year. 
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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from zainabak in Applied Clinical Psychology at Penn State MA   
    I don't know anything about this specific program, but the rule of thumb for MA/MS psych programs is research emphasis. If you are looking to apply to PhDs afterwards, you want to make sure you have solid research opportunities in the masters program where you have a high likelihood of getting posters/pubs by the time you apply for PhD programs. Programs care more about that than the fact you are doing a formal masters degree. 
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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from HopefulKid in New Brunswick, NJ   
    I think your best bet is to reach out to your program. Sometimes current students may be looking for a roommate in their place, etc.
    No, I'm not, but I've lived in the area for the majority of my life. 
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    PsyDGrad90 reacted to Adelaide9216 in The Positivity Thread   
    I think I can pass my thesis.
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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from chopper.wife in For those who are attending a Clin Psych prog this fall...   
    As a clinical student finishing my 1st year, just take this time to relax. Read anything your PI gives you, but otherwise do all the things you won't have time to do in a few months. Enjoy the summer. You will be spending a minimum of 4-6 years eating, sleeping, and breathing psych and stats. You don't need to do it now. 
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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from chopper.wife in For those who are attending a Clin Psych prog this fall...   
    As a clinical student finishing my 1st year, just take this time to relax. Read anything your PI gives you, but otherwise do all the things you won't have time to do in a few months. Enjoy the summer. You will be spending a minimum of 4-6 years eating, sleeping, and breathing psych and stats. You don't need to do it now. 
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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from chopper.wife in For those who are attending a Clin Psych prog this fall...   
    As a clinical student finishing my 1st year, just take this time to relax. Read anything your PI gives you, but otherwise do all the things you won't have time to do in a few months. Enjoy the summer. You will be spending a minimum of 4-6 years eating, sleeping, and breathing psych and stats. You don't need to do it now. 
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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from HopefulKid in New Brunswick, NJ   
    NJ is pretty pricey. In the New Brunswick area, a studio or 1 bedroom by yourself will probably run a minimum of $1200 a month plus utilities. Your best bet is to probably try to connect with others in your program to try and find a roommate. Can you ask your advisor if they have some sort of student group? 
    What areas to look at also really depends on if you have a car. The Rutgers bus system is ok from what I hear. The regular public transport in the area is atrocious. You can look at New Brunswick proper, but chances are everything is either crazy expensive, a bunch of undergrad party houses, or potentially unsafe neighborhoods. Highland Park is an option a lot of grad students choose. North Brunswick, Somerset, Franklin Township, and Edison are also potential options. Again, this all depends on whether or not you will have a car. Edison also has a large Indian population, so there are tons of Indian restaurants and grocery stores. 
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    PsyDGrad90 reacted to Sherrinford in For those who are attending a Clin Psych prog this fall...   
    As a current grad student, enjoy the time you have for you will never see its like again. 
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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from chopper.wife in For those who are attending a Clin Psych prog this fall...   
    As a clinical student finishing my 1st year, just take this time to relax. Read anything your PI gives you, but otherwise do all the things you won't have time to do in a few months. Enjoy the summer. You will be spending a minimum of 4-6 years eating, sleeping, and breathing psych and stats. You don't need to do it now. 
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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from Psyche007 in For those who are attending a Clin Psych prog this fall...   
    I did a joint BA/MA and graduated in spring 2015, but the last year was just my thesis (ran into a few hiccups) so the last time I had a class was 2014. I then worked full-time in a non-academic setting until the July before starting my program. I was definitely out of school for awhile, but I've been settling in pretty well. People come from different backgrounds, and at least in my program, the coursework has been challenging but the faculty try to make sure that no one is falling behind. The great thing about small cohorts is small classes where it is feasible for the faculty to try and tailor things a bit more closely to student needs. 
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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from chopper.wife in For those who are attending a Clin Psych prog this fall...   
    As a clinical student finishing my 1st year, just take this time to relax. Read anything your PI gives you, but otherwise do all the things you won't have time to do in a few months. Enjoy the summer. You will be spending a minimum of 4-6 years eating, sleeping, and breathing psych and stats. You don't need to do it now. 
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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from chopper.wife in For those who are attending a Clin Psych prog this fall...   
    As a clinical student finishing my 1st year, just take this time to relax. Read anything your PI gives you, but otherwise do all the things you won't have time to do in a few months. Enjoy the summer. You will be spending a minimum of 4-6 years eating, sleeping, and breathing psych and stats. You don't need to do it now. 
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    PsyDGrad90 reacted to philopsych in Reflections & Advice for Future Applicants   
    I don't know if this is advice or just a reality check. Whatever it is, I hope it's helpful.
    You're going to be told by many people that you're super intelligent with a lot of accomplishments so you're basically guaranteed to get a spot in a PhD program and probably a top one. You are super intelligent and accomplished, but it's REALLY hard to get into a program. You're competing against people who are just as super intelligent and accomplished as you (maybe more so). Don't feel entitled to a spot. Don't put a ton of pressure on yourself that you MUST get in this year. Do apply to a realistic set of schools (not everyone can get into a top school and not every top school is right for you)
     
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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from Anxiously Hopeful in Scholarship offer on April 15th (decision deadline) !!!!   
    My guess is that they have x amount of scholarships and someone who was offered that one declined, so you were next on the list. That is great news though for if you do decide on that program. 
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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from Adelaide9216 in Rules about addressing professors by their first name?   
    I would personally keep addressing them formally until they individually tell me to call them by their 1st name. 
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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from RebeccaPsych in Psych PhD - Where are you applying?   
    Research fit is one the biggest factors. Look at papers of research within your interest area and see where those faculty are. Also, check out this thread: 
     
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    PsyDGrad90 reacted to Bird Vision in Current students should post about the pros/cons of their department   
    I believe this topic is much better suited (and would be much more relevant) for specific fields. Departments in grad school are essentially independent, and a student's perspective of their Accounting department will not be beneficial for another student in Social Work, for example.
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    PsyDGrad90 reacted to IceCream & MatSci in Anxiety and Depression   
    Mental illness definitely affected my studies when I was an undergrad. I started seeing a university counselor and it helped a lot, but in the end, it wasn't enough for me. I started taking lexapro last year and I think it has helped. Of course, I still have my bad days, but my anxiety and depression has definitely been worse in the past. However, there are other things I am trying to put in my daily schedule to use for when days are tough in grad school. I am definitely trying to prepare for the stress of grad school because I know it is going to be a whole different ballpark compared to undergrad. I am trying to drink more water, get enough sleep and develop a somewhat consistent sleep schedule, do yoga or go on walk at least a few times a week, make healthy meals for myself, meditate on nights I am feeling stressed, drink herbal tea, avoid large amounts of caffeine, do things outside of school (such as volunteering, hanging out with friends, going to new places), etc.
    It is all a balance in my mind. Medication can help, but it shouldn't be the only thing to help. You have to integrate various activities that can help in your life. I think experiencing mental health has definitely made me nervous about grad school. I am afraid of having constant panic attacks, forgetting to eat or not having an appetite, losing sleep, not wanting to get out of bed, and feeling unmotivated. Honestly, I already had an anxiety attack over budgeting for grad school, so I know some of those things are bound to happen at some point. However, I am trying to reassure myself with all of the things I mentioned above. Also, my future PhD advisor seems to be really understanding about mental health. I think having understanding and supportive people around you also helps.
    I will say that medication isn't for everyone, and I was very hesitant about it for years. I am still very unsure about it, but I haven't experienced any bad side effects so far and like I said, it has reduced my generalized anxiety, depression, and social anxiety some. If you curious about it, then ask your doctor and/or therapist about it. There are so many types of medication and they don't always work the same for different people, but it could be worth a try if non-medication methods haven't work as well as you hoped.
    Also, as @PsyDGrad90 said, please seek a professional if you are dealing with anxiety, depression, or another sort of mental illness. There is nothing wrong with seeing a professional. Just like you should see a doctor when you have a broken bone, you should see a therapist when you have a mental illness that affects you daily. There is nothing wrong with having a mental illness as well. It is sadly just a fact a life sometimes, and I am sure there are more people out there that have, or have had, a mental illness than you know. I know it can be hard to convince yourself to see someone, but it is the only way to make you feel better.
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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from feralgrad in Living by yourself vs. with Roommates   
    I had 1 apartment with roommates and that turned me off to them forever. That being said, most roommate horror stories I've heard of were undergraduate situations. Take this as you will, but everyone I've known who was a grad student and roomed with another grad student got along fine. Some issues, but that will always happen when you live with other people (family or significant others included). Typically, 2 doctoral students will be more mature than the average undergrad roommate. 
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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from feralgrad in Living by yourself vs. with Roommates   
    I had 1 apartment with roommates and that turned me off to them forever. That being said, most roommate horror stories I've heard of were undergraduate situations. Take this as you will, but everyone I've known who was a grad student and roomed with another grad student got along fine. Some issues, but that will always happen when you live with other people (family or significant others included). Typically, 2 doctoral students will be more mature than the average undergrad roommate. 
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    PsyDGrad90 got a reaction from TheEternalGrad in Which social science PhD is easiest to get into? Best job market?   
    Doctoral programs as a whole are not "easy" to get into. I don't know if this direct question really has an answer given the emphasis on research fit in doctoral applications, as most programs have a mentor model. When you assume all generic variables are equal, research experience and mentor match are going to be the deciding variables. Therefore, that should be the main factor in your decision. Also, as a side note, the academic job market is heavily saturated so you should look into the job opportunities available in industry for any of these degrees. 
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