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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from justacigar in Fall 2021 Clinical & Counseling PhD/PsyD   
    I was 28 when I started, and I was also not the oldest in my cohort. There are 8 of us, and there are 2 people older than me. Don't worry about being the old fart! I think my age and experience prior to grad school has helped me in a lot of ways. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from Modulus in Fall 2022 Clinical Psychology PHD Apps: GRE, Psych GRE No Longer Required or Viewed, So Now What?   
    Do you have any research experience? Research experience, with products such as conference posters and publications will help to show skills in statistics. Also, can you retake some stats courses, maybe at a community college, to show that you have basic stats knowledge?
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from SocDevMum in Assessment and advice for my next year's admission process (Clinical Psychology PhD)   
    Do you have any posters or anything from the labs where you/are were an RA? Getting your name on a few posters/pubs will be important. I had a 1st author publication, 3 years in a lab, 2 posters, a BA and MA in psych, and a few years of real world clinical experience when applying to programs with strong research fits a few years ago, and I literally only got 1 interview (and subsequent offer). It is very competitive, and I had asked a few people for feedback when I wasn't granted interviews, and they all said I needed more research experience. The amount of research products people are coming in with nowadays is kind of insane. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from ltr221 in CSPP LA   
    Alliant has a generally poor reputation for their extremely high tuition rates, poor EPPP pass rates, large class sizes, and not not so great APA-accredited internship match rates. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from Sportpsych01 in Is it bad to not accept an offer immedietely?   
    Yes, I would thank the PI for their offer and inform them that you are holding it for the time being while you make your decision. There is a reason why there is a relatively universal April 15th deadline. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from SocDevMum in Is it bad to not accept an offer immedietely?   
    Yes, I would thank the PI for their offer and inform them that you are holding it for the time being while you make your decision. There is a reason why there is a relatively universal April 15th deadline. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from Stumbling_My_Way_Through in Is it bad to not accept an offer immedietely?   
    Yes, I would thank the PI for their offer and inform them that you are holding it for the time being while you make your decision. There is a reason why there is a relatively universal April 15th deadline. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from Cheeseman in Asking Significant Other to Move Out-of-State?   
    Yeah, it's definitely not an easy conversation. Once you know for certain that you're moving, just use the sharing of that good news as a way to discuss what the next 2+ years will look like for the two of you. I would maybe emphasize that you do not want him to make any decisions he is uncomfortable with and that you are in no way pressuring him to move with you. Otherwise, you should be fine. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from Cheeseman in Asking Significant Other to Move Out-of-State?   
    I would just be open and honest. Maybe broach the topic by sharing that you got accepted and will be moving to Atlanta at X time, and you would like to know his thoughts on the status of the relationship going forward. You would like for him to move with you, but you understand that is a big ask. Would he prefer trying long distance first? And so on. Did you discuss anything like this before applying? Maybe he's also been thinking about it since he knew there was a possibility grad school would require a move on your part. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from psychapplicant21 in I've accepted my offer - now what?   
    As someone in my 3rd year, I cannot agree with this more. Your whole life will more or less be grad school for the next 5+ years. Take this time to read any non-academic books you've been interested in, binge a show, travel, spend time with loved ones,, do nothing. You will have some down time in grad school, but not much. So before you start juggling all the multiple responsibilities, take some time to enjoy the stage of your life you're in at the current moment. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from DocPending in I've accepted my offer - now what?   
    As someone in my 3rd year, I cannot agree with this more. Your whole life will more or less be grad school for the next 5+ years. Take this time to read any non-academic books you've been interested in, binge a show, travel, spend time with loved ones,, do nothing. You will have some down time in grad school, but not much. So before you start juggling all the multiple responsibilities, take some time to enjoy the stage of your life you're in at the current moment. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from SocDevMum in I've accepted my offer - now what?   
    As someone in my 3rd year, I cannot agree with this more. Your whole life will more or less be grad school for the next 5+ years. Take this time to read any non-academic books you've been interested in, binge a show, travel, spend time with loved ones,, do nothing. You will have some down time in grad school, but not much. So before you start juggling all the multiple responsibilities, take some time to enjoy the stage of your life you're in at the current moment. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from lexileigh in I've accepted my offer - now what?   
    As someone in my 3rd year, I cannot agree with this more. Your whole life will more or less be grad school for the next 5+ years. Take this time to read any non-academic books you've been interested in, binge a show, travel, spend time with loved ones,, do nothing. You will have some down time in grad school, but not much. So before you start juggling all the multiple responsibilities, take some time to enjoy the stage of your life you're in at the current moment. 
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    PsyDuck90 reacted to SocDevMum in I've accepted my offer - now what?   
    As someone who was in that spot last year - take the time to breathe and enjoy yourself! Read some non-academic books, take a weekend getaway (if your area allows travel), indulge in some hobbies, go out with friends and family.  Because the next 5+ years will not allow you to do nearly as much of any of that as you would like! 
    Then, yes, start scouting for housing in your new city, maybe make some connections both within and outside your academic program to ease the transition.  
    Congratulations!
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from syu11181 in Accepting admission offer   
    I would still wait before formally accepting it. The program shouldn't be pulling the offer before sending you financial aid information or anything like that. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from ad_7272 in Fall 2021 Clinical & Counseling PhD/PsyD   
    Same. We are doctoral students until we pass comps and then doctoral candidates after passing comps. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from Liquirizia in Accepting admission offer   
    I would still wait before formally accepting it. The program shouldn't be pulling the offer before sending you financial aid information or anything like that. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from amam in Writing a letter of decline   
    The simpler, the better:
    Thank you so much for your time, consideration, and generous offer. However, after much consideration, I've decided to accept an offer for a different program. Thank you again, and I hope my release of this offer will be a benefit to another deserving candidate. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from ktrunner9922 in Mental Health Counseling Masters: BU School of Med vs. Penn GSE?   
    Which will leave you with less debt? Counselors don't make a ton, so you you want a ton of debt.
    Also, the licensing requirements for counselors differ from state to state, so programs typically conform to the state they are in. I would think about what states you would want to potentially live and practice in and double check which of these 2 (if not both) will meet eligibility for licensure in those states. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from fingers.crossed in Fall 2021 Clinical & Counseling PhD/PsyD   
    I would reach out to the program director or DCT. My program will usually have incoming students connect with current students about housing, especially if a current student is looking for a roommate or something. We've had a few instances where 1 person was leaving for internship and an incoming student took their room in the apartment. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from Starlife in Fall 2021 Clinical & Counseling PhD/PsyD   
    If I remember correctly, they're a bit more psychodynamic leaning. That's a common psychodynamic interviewing tactic-seeing how people react when uncomfortable and under pressure. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from fiziks__ in When should I tell my manager I am leaving?   
    Honestly, I'd keep it to the standard 2 weeks. I told my job soon after I got the acceptance because I wanted to be nice and help with the transition for my replacement. My supervisor wrote 1 of my letters because my job was very relevant to my intended studies. I got screwed over by HR and was not able to use any of my PTO as vacation time (which is also not paid out upon leaving) because I had given my notice in March for mid-July. This was a small social services non-profit.  
    You don't owe your company anything. They will look out for their best interests first and foremost. As should you. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from ed.applicant in Writing a letter of decline   
    The simpler, the better:
    Thank you so much for your time, consideration, and generous offer. However, after much consideration, I've decided to accept an offer for a different program. Thank you again, and I hope my release of this offer will be a benefit to another deserving candidate. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from CoffeeAndDogs in Fall 2021 Clinical & Counseling PhD/PsyD   
    If I remember correctly, they're a bit more psychodynamic leaning. That's a common psychodynamic interviewing tactic-seeing how people react when uncomfortable and under pressure. 
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    PsyDuck90 got a reaction from CoffeeAndDogs in Fall 2021 Clinical & Counseling PhD/PsyD   
    Yeah, I think so. I don't identify with psychodynamisism at all, so others may speak to it better than I can, but yeah, there's seems to be the idea of making the person sweat and the most uncomfortable they can without crossing any actually boundaries to see how the individual responds. I and my cohort-mates have had some weird externship interviews on occasion because of this. 
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