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  1. I wouldn’t. Admin offices are slammed right now and they most likely won’t respond to your request or get to re-submitting the latest version in your packet in time for departmental reviews. If you end up receiving interview invites, you are allowed to bring an updated copy of your CV, and can talk about the paper then with your potential PIs.
  2. For those looking for paid opportunities: indeed.com, type in “psychology research” in the keywords and your city/state. Professors with active labs (especially around this time) are known for always posting on there. Also, before applying to any advertised position: Make a competitive cover letter + CV that is in academic format and obtain feedback on those items from a supervisor or colleague. I found my most recent clinical research coordinator job through there at a very prestigious AMC after my 2nd round of applications. The opportunity allowed me to get clinical research experience and numerous pubs/presentations as well as excellent mentorship from the leaders in my specific field prior to applying last year (for the 3rd time). If you truly cannot quit your current place of work for financial reasons, cold e-mailing PIs for opportunities about volunteer options (esp. emphasizing your availability in the weekends/evenings) should get you some leads. Best of luck to you.
  3. I am so sorry for what you’re going through, OP. As others have mentioned, reaching out and seeking out immediate care from a mental health provider (Ideally: a Clinical or Counseling Psychologist) should be your first step. Stigma and other barriers for mental healthcare are real (and as a future provider myself, extremely frustrating and difficult) but you should NOT feel shame or guilt for needing help, or for anything that has transpired over the last months. Be kind to yourself. Your university should have a counseling center set up, and you should request for an appointment immediately. If your university does not have this resource available, try looking at psychologytoday.com and other resources online for locating a provider ASAP. In the mean time, from now until when you establish regular appointments, request to meet with your advisor individually. Do not divulge any details through e-mail, simply state you would like to meet with them and provide updates on some recent personal matters, academic updates, and that you’ve developed a pathway forward and you would appreciate their mentorship. Next, create a list of things you’re upset about and or would like to work on (i.e., maybe grades received, assignments you didn’t do so well on) and then create a separate column on what you will do to alleviate the situation. Use this time to also create boundaries between yourself and your family members, you need the space, they do not understand how challenging graduate school can be, and until you have started to work with a provider, it’s best to distance yourself from them. Again, be kind with yourself. There are always solutions to our problems, even the most complex and difficult ones. Our mood, self-esteem and psychiatric symptoms (especially those that are depressive in nature) unfortunately cloud our judgement and make us catastrophize stressful situations.
  4. Hope the quality of your situation improved. I strongly disagree with your “most people who come into this field” statement, but found myself concerned about the way you felt you were being treated by your peers. 4-6 years of graduate school is a hell of a long time, and feeling this type of isolation/negative emotions towards others will not be good for your mental health over the long run..
  5. Excellent advice, for anyone concerned about their GRE scores. Networking works wonders. High GRE scores are not the golden ticket to graduate school, but low ones will certainly prevent excellent applicants (such as OP, myself) from getting their applications reviewed. I’ve heard from previous mentors that anything below 50% percentile gets you thrown in the “No” piles, especially out of hundreds of “equally competitive applicants” on paper. Let me just say I personally detest the GRE and have very strong negative opinions on it. I know it kept me from “getting interviews” my first application rounds. In my most recent round, my scores were mediocre at best, and I focused on all other stellar portions of my applications to get interviews (publications, research experience, LoRs, networking opportunities, etc). Best of luck to you in this process, you sound like a very competitive applicant.
  6. What are your professional goals? What do you envision doing with your graduate education? Have you looked at the differences between a Ph.D. and a Psy.D? What about other career fields and options (LCSW, etc)? Once you begin to answer these important questions, then you can move towards searching for mentors/programs/schools that can get you there. The bottom line (and you probably know this already): You are severely limiting your career options by focusing on programs that do not require a GRE. For the OP and or other new applicants interested in becoming clinical psychologists: For-profit graduate schools in clinical psychology are a complete and utter disaster- they are mostly known for providing low quality training/opportunities to its students (Google what occurred to hundreds of “students” enrolled at Argosy Schools over the last few years). For the exception of URI, all reputable Ph.D. (and some Psy.D) programs in Clinical Psychology (unfortunately) still require this exam. Through the process of selecting programs/schools for your graduate education, you need to not only focus on the quality of education you’ll potentially be receiving, you also need to understand that following graduation, you would be competing (again) for internship (and eventually jobs in the market) against those candidates who graduated from reputable programs, with impressive CVs, publications, and experiences obtained throughout their graduate education.
  7. Hi everyone, 1st year clinical (Ph.D.) student here. I remember being in your place around this time last year (and several years before that), and found myself reminiscing how awful all those feelings were during “application” season. The uncertainty, checking my emails at all hours of the day, comparing my stats; background/experiences to other equally competitive applicants, refreshing the stupid forums and invites pages at every minute- ALL of it. It took me 3 application rounds to finally be accepted, at my “dream” institution, with a PI who I “dreamed” of working with (For reference: I was rejected from this school during previous application rounds). All of this to say: This process isn’t easy. It’s unfair, it isn’t for the weak. However, the field is slowly changing, especially for applicants from less privileged backgrounds. Clinical Psychology has a lot of room for growth (and revamping this difficult, confusing, and oftentimes unfair application process should be a goal for the CUDCP). Regardless of the outcome this application season: Please do not give up. If this is what you want to do for the rest of your life, you will get in. Do not let a lack of interview invite or rejection from a program define your self-worth/potential. Remember to practice self-kindness, and understand that there are a lot (unfair) factors at play that are out of your control as an applicant. I’m happy to chat and give words of encouragement for those who need it. I met some awesome folks this past Spring during my interview process (and on here!) and I am forever grateful for that. I’m thinking of you all during this difficult time and process. — a seasoned applicant who went through this BS misery, multiple rounds.
  8. Released my offer for Eastern Michigan, hope this helps someone on the waitlist. Feel free to PM for POI ❤️
  9. We both are. It’s been a looooooooooOooooong hell of a journey 😭😭😭❤️❤️❤️❤️
  10. Washington, D.C. area.* (Don’t feel comfortable sharing school). Over the moon and top choice❤️😭
  11. This is so unfortunate but I feel like this happens much more frequently than we think. I am also a woman, POC, and felt this exact way at two interviews. On the other hand, it could have been the case this PI did actually advocate for you, but perhaps the committee/other faculty turned you down due to the lack of experience (in comparison to choices #2-4, or whatever the alternate list was). Hang in there. It's a crappy feeling for sure.
  12. My colleague interviewed there and received an offer (Unsure of POI, interest was SI/trauma I believe)
  13. I can’t help but reference the Yale drama from a couple of days ago..... This response strongly sounds like “THEY ARE MY OFFERS [!!!!!!]” lmao 😂 I personally (and basically every expert I work with in the field?) think it’s absolutely inappropriate and inconsiderate to hold on to more than 2 offers at any given time. It’s a jerk move, but you do you, boo!
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