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Everything posted by gillis_55

  1. Would you be interested in living in Canada? English-speaking Quebec universities like McGill and Concordia both have many professors investigating English/French bilingualism. Both are great schools! I will say, you should also add a few less competitive schools to your list as a backup - hopefully you do get accepted into your dream program, but it never hurts to have a plan b.
  2. I wrote my Subject GRE on September 15th last year, and my General GRE on Oct 29. All my scores arrived at my schools on time, my first deadline being Nov 15th (most were Dec 1st or 15th). My general score was available within 7 days, but my subject score took closer to 6 weeks. I definitely would've been worried if I had written the subject test in October. So, I'd suggest doing the September Subject Test and giving yourself a few weeks off before the General. The time you'll need will depend on your current scores vs. target scores though; personally, I didn't have to study much for the Verbal so I spent those 6 weeks cramming for Quant with Magoosh (supplemented by some haphazard studying months before) with a few days dedicated to AWA. However, that timeline would've been pretty tough if I had needed to fit in studying for Verbal as well.
  3. Hi there! Do you have an interest in conducting research as well? If yes, then go for a PhD in Clinical Psych or a PsyD, with the PhD being heavier on the research vs. practice side (also keeping in mind buckeyepsych's warning about diploma mills for PsyD's). However, if you're interested in clinical practice alone, you can do that with a master's degree in social work or counselling psychology. If you're interested in Marriage & Family Therapy specifically, there is an organization that lists accredited programs for that specialty.
  4. This is for clinical psych anyhow - confirming that the soonest you'll be able to submit is when the application portal opens, typically September or October at the latest. I know at least 3/13 schools that I applied to started looking at applications 1-2 weeks before the deadline, so there's a possible advantage in submitting early - but you still won't hear back until after the deadline. YMMV though depending on your area - for less competitive areas they may evaluate apps as they come in and get back to you quickly (e.g., a friend of mine submitted to an MSc program in the UK a couple of weeks before the deadline and heard back 2 days later).
  5. 28 when I applied, accepted in my first cycle. I finished my undergrad in psych at 22 but I decided to work in industry instead of going to grad school. Did that for 6 years, then made the decision to pursue an MA/PhD in clinical psych. In retrospect, I'm very glad I took a break. I was able to save money, gain valuable skills and self-confidence, and really make sure that I was up for 6 more years of school. I'd highly recommend taking some time off from school - you may find another path that's right for you, or it can confirm for you that grad school really is what you want.
  6. For OGS, I heard back from UOttawa in December and Guelph last week (both waitlisted). Waterloo & UWO be reporting soon, York releases results in May, and UofT/OISE releases results in July.
  7. Nope - it's all in one application thankfully. You fill out your proposal, CV, etc. and then select the 3 schools from dropdown lists. For OGS, it's individual to each school so theoretically you could prepare different proposals for each.
  8. Received 1 alternate offer for CGS-M, 2 "Not Offered". Fingers crossed! It's not at the school I'm attending but it'd still be nice to say "declined" on my CV.
  9. Something else to consider with a new faculty member - they are learning how to be a supervisor and mentor. You won't have any grad students to ask about how they are as a supervisor, and even the POI won't really be able to answer this based on their experience (it will be more aspirational or focused on what they hope to be).There's more of a risk that they may end up being the kind of supervisor you're not well suited for. If you have a good feeling about them after meeting them, it will probably turn out just fine.
  10. First thing I would say: the only leverage you have is a competing offer from another school. There is really no reason for them to increase your funding if you don't have a better offer on the table. Also, it's still worth asking even if you think the schools are of different ranks. You'll never get extra funding if you don't ask! Finally, I wouldn't recommend asking unless you're seriously considering the school - i.e., don't ask every program that accepted you to match the offer. I'd limit it to 1-2 schools you're trying to decide between. With that in mind, here is the letter I used to the Director of the Program and my POI; they matched my competing offer by requesting extra funds from the Grad Department and I accepted the program. Check your offer letter as they may specify in there who you should contact with questions or competing offers. "Dear Dr. Director and Dr. POI, Thank you again for your offer of admission to Program A at University ABC. I am reaching out because I will be making a decision on which school to accept this month and I wanted to touch base about funding. I received an offer of admission from Program B at University XYZ for $XX,XXX per year in guaranteed funding for 2 years ($XX,XXX total). The offer I received for University A is for $XX,XXX per year in guaranteed funding for 2 years ($XX,XXX total).This leaves a gap of approximately $XX,XXX. I remain very excited about University ABC and the prospect of working with Dr. POI in Program A, but was hoping that something could be done to close the funding gap as $XX,XXX would have a significant impact on my finances over the course of the program. Thank you in advance for your consideration, and please let me know if I can provide any further details to assist at this stage. Warmly, Applicant"
  11. Received my rejection from Concordia today via email - expected, no interview.
  12. Thanks Hopefully we’ll end up at some of the same conferences next year!
  13. Officially accepted my offer for the University of Guelph Child & Adolescent Clinical Psych - super excited to get started in September! I released my offers from UTSC and Waterloo, so good luck to those on the waitlist. Message me for POIs if you're interested.
  14. Headed to the University of Guelph's Child & Adolescent Clinical Psych program So excited to get started!
  15. All official offers went out in early Feb, they’re now waiting to hear back from applicants
  16. Received a rejection from McGill Counselling MA (project stream) today - it was an email to check the portal. Not too surprised, research fit was not as strong here for me.
  17. IMHO, only a red flag if they dropped out because of POI issues. If you got a good vibe on the the POI from your own meeting and speaking with grad students, you should be good.
  18. I don't see why it's an issue to email a POI a few weeks after you've interviewed with them, if you're excited about the program. At the end of my interviews, I always asked about when I should expect to hear back. In most cases I heard back before that soft deadline with an acceptance, but with another I waited a few extra days and then emailed my POI directly. He responded quickly that he had offered to another applicant who had accepted. I thanked him for letting me know and felt relieved that I could proceed with other offers. I do think it's inappropriate to email a POI you've had no contact with, however. In those cases, I've emailed the grad secretary instead to confirm that I was waitlisted or rejected.
  19. @Sharbar made a good point, I'm not sure of this piece - definitely something to ask your specific program.
  20. I've spoken with faculty members from both types of programs and essentially there is little difference in practice between the two degrees. The two fields were very different 50-60 years ago, with counselling focused on vocational/well-being issues (especially in educational/military settings) and clinical focused more on psychopathology; however, at this point the overlap is huge. You won't have access to different populations based on the degree - that's entirely dependent on your program's training and practicum sites. If you stack up hours with the population you want, there's no issue. That being said, clinical degrees are still seen by some in academia as having more prestige - but that perception continues to fade as the fields converge. If you're interested in a research career, it's really your CV/pubs/funding record that's important, not the type of degree. If I were you, I would go with the better research fit - 6 years is a long time to study something you're not very interested in.
  21. No I don't think so - this email just said that they weren't forwarding my application to be considered at the departmental level. I assume the final decisions are still issued on April 1st.
  22. It's not reflected on the application portal - mine still says "under review". I received a generic email from the grad program coordinator, informing me that my CGS-M application was not being forwarded for further review at the departmental level. If you didn't receive this maybe it means yours was forwarded for further consideration?
  23. Received a rejection for McGill Clinical CGS-M just now. Apparently this is the day for rejections 😂 I didn't interview so I wouldn't have been able to accept it anyhow, but would've been nice to put on the CV
  24. Not sure - I emailed the grad sec yesterday to ask for an update so maybe they expedited the process for mine?
  25. Received UOttawa rejection this morning with an email to check the portal - expected, as I didn't interview.
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