Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About SoundofSilence

  • Rank
    Double Shot

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. Being an international student, I did video interviews before it was cool The advice given above is spot on. One-on-one interviews are pretty close to the in-person ones and you can still get a good rapport with people that way. I also did panel interviews but with only two profs (they were in the same room, pre-COVID) and that was ok I guess. More than two people and it gets quite hectic (especially over zoom). I recently had an online meet-and-greet experience with students from my current master's - the group format was really bad for some of us. Not everyone was comfortable spea
  2. Your points really hit home with me in many ways. Is there any way we can start a separate, more permanent thread about this, to discuss grad life in general and more hot-button topics in particular? I'm almost mid30s and I feel so many of these things. Came back to academia after a long absence and things indeed look so different. I still have to apply next year to doctoral programs, so there is that, but I have so many conflicting thoughts regarding my current master's. What I really dislike is that sooo many clinical psych labs state "only if you are interested in research y
  3. Haha, yes! This! I'm an international student so I have a slightly different spelling of a popular English name. I get the English version from my supervisors often, or even weird alternates from admins/ people who don't know me too well. I'm actually fine with it, I realize that they have other things on their mind. As long as my name is ok on official documents, I'm ok. @EileanDonan I realize that having your name misspelled is not the best, but try not to take it as an offense. If they become your supervisor, they will probably know your name by then
  4. I realize that this is probably a year when more people apply due to current circumstances, but please try to not get too anxious about it. It helps to put things into perspective: sometimes people see a down employment market and tend to flock to grad schools, but it does not mean that all new candidates are ready, have enough experience or have narrowed down their interests sufficiently to be a real competition to folks who are on their second or third cycle, after a lot of experience in the field. I'm not trying to downplay how competitive it is, but I know many people who are not a good ma
  5. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news It says so on their website here: https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/aphd/Home/Apply/Tips_for_your_Application.html Under "Choosing a program": "Applications to more than one program within APHD are discouraged. Because all of APHD's programs offer very different experiences and career paths, applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully select the program to which they wish to apply. Applying to more than one program may suggest to the Admissions Committee that you are unsure of your interests."
  6. You are applying to all three at the same time? Doesn't OISE say that they discourage applications to more than one program and that it looks bad to the admin committee?
  7. You mentioned she did a senior thesis. Did she publish some of her work / present a poster somewhere? Her limited research experience might not be enough for competitive grad programs in clinical psychology, however, they may be enough for some less competitive developmental programs, especially if her previous experience is a good match to those POIs/labs. Her GPA and GRE scores are definitely competitive, especially since you said she worked so many hours during her undergrad. Is her work related to what she wants to do? (as in, did she work with children? or with families?)
  8. This is a difficult one. It depends. What exactly do you intend to do in the field? If you want to practice as a psychologist (clinical), you need a doctorate. If you want to do therapy, or more social justice work, a MSW would be cost-effective and might admit you based on your accomplishments up to now. However, for the doctorate, my best guess is that you need to have multiple balls in the air at the same time and see how you can juggle them all to make this happen: 1) you need psychology courses - while some programs don't ask for a major in psychology, they need to see t
  9. Hello, I know that U of Manitoba and UVic (Canada) have several labs with neuropsychology of aging themes in their clinical programs, as well as York (they have a neuropsych track as well). I'm sure there are others - maybe start looking at programs that offer a neuropsych track? Hope this helps!
  10. I have some experience with a couple of the programs you mentioned. They are competitive, but previous successful applicants have mostly similar experience. So I say you might have a shot. Honestly, it might be more about how your interests and previous experience match with the POIs there. Some clinical POIs do have a lot of crossover to social psych, so your experience might be more valued there. Having non-clinical referees is not an issue, as long as they can speak about your academic and research experience. Most programs don't really expect clinical experience (since it's har
  11. Try not to exceed the limit specified, at least not by much. 5-10% or so should be a good/generous margin of error. Keep in mind - some applications require you to paste your SOP into their system, and their system might track number of characters/words and cut off the rest. Others have general guidelines (500 words or a page or something like that). It's good form to keep it to the number mentioned there. It shows that you can follow directions and keeps everyone on an even playing ground. If everybody else could express themselves within that limit, and you went over it by half,
  12. I'm currently doing a master's and managed to get two scholarships for it (but both were after I was admitted and both are province-related). My supervisor was prepared to fund me though. I will be applying next year for a doctoral program, so I am trying to stay on here to keep up to date with what's happening Competitive programs don't really accept self-fund. I think one POI told me that they only take students that they can fund. But who knows, you can inquire about this, maybe things have changed. Good luck!
  13. I am going to echo this response. My personal experience was that I got a mix of responses when I inquired before making an application. I never got an informal interview, but it seems that was because most POIs wanted to remain objective and give everyone the same shot. However, I had some enthusiastic back and forth with a couple of them and that never materialized into an interview. I got no responses from some, and then got an interview and had a great conversation with them. This also happened from some who gave "lukewarm" looking forward to your application responses. It's my own ex
  14. I don't really know others for Ontario, but maybe someone else can chip in. Your admissions won't be hindered by not having an award, but an award makes things easier - sometimes departmental budgets are tight, so especially now it's really important. They usually divide their resources carefully and of course they prioritize admitting citizens and permanent residents. (Also, citizens and residents are eligible to apply to many awards even after they are admitted, so they still have plenty of chances to get funding outside of the department, which internationals won't be able to ac
  15. Hello! So the short answer is yes, applying to more scholarships is always a big plus for your application, even if the amounts are a bit lower. The longer answer - it's difficult to find funding for international students. Some POIs may be able to fund you through their grants and some departments have more possibilities to fund internationals, but some may not. Make sure you check the department website, sometimes they don't accept international applicants at all! Even when a POI has funding they appreciate it when students try to find their own funding anyway, so it's always
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.