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  1. I do think you should postpone. I think the most important thing clinical psych PhD programs will be looking for is research experience/publications. In the short-term, waiting a year or two seems rough, but time passes by quickly and this will immensely improve your application if you wait. Think of it as an investment rather than wasting time.
  2. I think you should submit the second one. You can convey your writing ability through your personal statement and other writing materials, in addition to your referral confirming your writing ability (perhaps informing them this is an item you wish to be expressed in the letter). A 4 vs. a 4.5 is not that drastic, even if the percentile ranking says otherwise. Additionally, I feel that they care more about the V and Q scores more/understand that the style of writing expected in the GRE is very specific and not all-encompassing.
  3. Yeah. Personally what was my top choice during application submissions/after receiving interview offers changed drastically after interviewing in person and meeting the department. Gut feeling was important for me.
  4. How does your Major GPA look, assuming you're a Psychology major? I had an overall 3.4 GPA, but my college has grade deflation and sends a letter explaining that with the official transcripts. My major GPA was a lot higher (3.7) for Psychology. I think that they would definitely factor in other things as well, like if you did fantastic on the GRE and had great research experience (at least some posters and maybe a publication or two). One of my interviewers asked me why I did so well on the GRE but had a low GPA. Awkwardly, I had to explain the whole grade deflation thing. But that encounter makes me think that perhaps they chose to overlook my low GPA since I did well on the GRE and had strong clinical research experience. I don't know that retaking psych classes would be helpful. I feel like that would just be redundant for you... but I'm definitely not an expert. Just my two cents.
  5. I was relaxing at my boyfriend's place when I got the call! I was super excited, and he started dancing around when I started thanking my POI for the acceptance. I called a bunch of my friends and family, and while I did, he ran out to grab cookie dough and flowers so that we could bake cookies and watch a movie. Best night ever!
  6. This question may be better suited for a different thread.
  7. I know it can be really tough. It's a competitive game out there, and the fact that you got interviews should reflect that you do have what it takes, but just for whatever reason other candidates fit with the POI/program just a teeny bit better. Don't lose heart. I think you're amazing for sticking it through, and getting where you are now. I think it's also impressive that you applied after graduating from undergrad so soon! I feel like I see this less and less (I literally only met 1 or 2 applicants applying straight from undergrad at my interviews this cycle, everyone else had been working/getting their Master's for a few years), and I personally have been working in research for almost 3 years before applying! With a little more experience under your belt, I'm sure you'll go far in your future attempts. ❤️
  8. Thank you both for your responses! I think I will go ahead and accept the position at SMU (excited!) Another question - What is the protocol with the waitlisted schools after I've informed SMU of my decision? Should I reach out and ask them to take me off the list, or just turn down the offer in case I get off the waitlist in the future?
  9. I've been waitlisted at Baylor's PsyD and UTSW's PhD program. I have one offer from SMU. I'm thinking of just requesting them to remove me from the waitlists and accepting the SMU offer by the end of this month. I really liked SMU during my interview, and felt like the department was extremely warm and welcoming. They also are more research-focused than the schools I've been waitlisted at, which is a priority to me. Plus, they're fully-funded. I can definitely see myself being happy here. Baylor's PsyD ended up not seeming like an extremely good fit, but I did find myself liking UTSW a lot more than I had expected. Their program seems intense (graduate in 4 years, included internship year), but in a good, productive way. Con would be that it's not fully funded and I would be an out-of-state resident first year. So just... a lot of added stress. Am I being dumb? Should I just go ahead and accept this amazing offer? I don't really know what I'm waiting for, but I guess I still want to see what happens.
  10. I actually was the only invited applicant to interview with my POI as well (and received an offer a few days later). I think there could be many reasons why this particular POI only invited one student for his lab (maybe this student stood out and other applicants didn't, perhaps this student was the only applicant that specified this POI, etc.), but I don't think the POI/department knew beforehand that they would offer a spot to them. This student could be great on paper, but then upon interview day could turn out to have a nightmare personality. For you, it seems likely that you will be competing with this other applicant for the one spot. I feel like usually the professor or their current students would let you know that there is funding available for two students (that has just been my experience), otherwise it's fair game.
  11. All I can say is be as respectful as possible. If the group interview turns out to be more of a free-flowing, back-and-forth conversation between applicants, don't be that person who totally dominates the conversation and won't let others speak. On the flipside, be appropriately assertive to ensure you actually say something! I was in a group interview where they had us just discuss topics, and one applicant didn't say anything the entire time. You'll shoot yourself in the foot by doing either of these things. Mostly I think they want to see that you have good answers, but also how easy it is to work with you for the next 5-6 years.
  12. Yeah, that's what I'm thinking. I try to believe them when they say "there are too many qualified candidates and unfortunately we just can't pick all of you." Blah! I'm so sorry That's just a huge blow and so hard to interpret because you don't have all the information. Sigh. Is this PhD program one of your top choices?
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