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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Oh my gosh, how horrible! Thank you for letting me know!
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Has anyone who got a phone call invite from East Tennessee State received the follow up email they mentioned yet? They called almost a week ago, and I was waiting for an email but knew I had a scheduling issue so I sent them an email letting them know I was very interested in interviewing and asking about alternate days or methods of interviewing, and still no word..
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Applicants (PhD, PsyD)

    I'm (VERY anxiously) waiting on Wash State as well! The CUDCP calendar that's floating around has said today was their deadline for interview invites, but I haven't seen a single poster today which is odd because there's usually a flood on the last day of invites. I spoke with a few people who got invites as far back as before Christmas, but none had my POI so I'm not sure what to think. Was hoping today would be enough to put an end to my waiting (I was expecting to see the results page full of invites, and even if one wasn't for me at least I'd know), but alas - no luck so far.
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    I is stressed *Non-Judgmental Space for PhD Applicants*

    The CUDCP says my program should be sending out invites by today, but I obviously haven't heard anything and no one is posting on the results page about it either. This is fine. I am handling this very well and not at all freaking out. Definitely not checking this website/my email every 45 seconds at work.
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    Psychology Interview Debriefing

    So I have interviews in February, and honestly I have absolutely no idea what to do to prepare. I'm definitely in that (super healthy) headspace of "this task is so daunting that the best way to solve it is to never ever think about it until it goes away or I die". It's so frustrating because we've all work so hard to get here, and now I'm having this complete mental block. Has anyone else had this problem? How did you guys go about starting to prep? I know I need to break things down into small manageable tasks but the question is - which step first?
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psych Interview Invites

    School: East Tennessee State University Type: Clinical Psychology PhD Date of the invite: January 11 Type of invite: Phone call (thankfully I could answer at work, was very surprised!) Interview date(s): February 18 Unfortunately the same day as another program's interview, does anyone have advice for asking if a school is willing to let you interview a different date? I'm really interested in this program but already have flights and hotels booked for the other side of the country this day..
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    Question for people getting interviews!

    Sorry, this is a lengthy reply but this is a complicated question! Also, this is my story, I'm not insinuating anything about your applications, just sharing what I went through and what helped me! So, this is my second application process. The first time I did not hear from a single one of the 10 schools I applied to, and this year I have 2 interviews out of 5 programs. I had a wide breath of research experiences in psychology (worked with cognition, social anxiety, and eventually substance use) and had clinical experience in social anxiety, substance use, and working with families. I have a high GPA, 4 years of research experience, and independent research project and poster presentation, as well as some papers in prep (not first author or anything like that, but it's something). The biggest difference for me this year was the type of programs I applied to. Some programs are so competitive that if your GRE scores aren't in the 80th percentile, your applications are essentially ignored. It's a harsh truth, but some schools (and we all know which ones) get 700+ applications each year and there's just no way that they can spend the time going through each one to see whether your experiences make up for areas that aren't as strong (ie GRE scores and GPA). I don't know how you did on the GREs but mine were not in the 80th percentile, so these schools I applied to the first time were out of my league by miles, and none of my mentors were open enough to tell me this. That being said, now that I'm applying to programs that my GREs are more standard for, my application as a whole is taken into consideration and I've been able to show that I have the skills and experience that make up for a bad quant score. I think the most important thing is being able to relate all of the research you've done together and apply it to what you want to study. So personally, I'm studying substance use and was able to explain how my experiences in cognition and social anxiety were valuable to my goal. It's vital to relate it all together, to show that you are able to gain specific skills and knowledge from every experience that you have, and to show that all of your breadth as well as in-depth work have come together to point you towards your goal. ALSO, don't give up hope yet on hearing back from schools! Good luck to you, and I hope that somewhere in this very long-winded story there are answers to your questions!
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    I is stressed *Non-Judgmental Space for PhD Applicants*

    I have a very similar problem - my "reach" program was my top pick, naturally. The program is great, the research fit with my POI is so perfect, and I would be over the moon to do the work she's doing. (Not to mention the school has a great football team, is in a great location, and I would always have things to do in the area). The perks are endless.. But my GREs are lower than their averages and I haven't heard anything. *Insert sad music here*
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    Interview Attire?

    Thank you, I am completely over the moon - which is exactly why the thought of not wearing my ring is so sad to me! I don't want to pretend that I'm not engaged just to impress someone, thank you this is a very good insight!
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    Interview Attire?

    This was mentioned in passing earlier, and now I can't stop thinking about it (as with everything related to this process). I recently got engaged, and thus wear my engagement ring at all times. Is it not a good idea to wear my ring to interviews? I wouldn't take it off in any other context, but now I'm wondering if this is something I just haven't heard of as a young person who is only recently engaged. Thoughts?
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Has anyone heard anything from Washington State? The calendar that's floated around here listed their deadline as Jan 15th, but I'm wondering if anyone had prelim phone interviews or heard something early. (Read as: I'm going crazy, am completely impatient, and just want the wait to end lol)
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    I is stressed *Non-Judgmental Space for PhD Applicants*

    Hello all, I have a super specific problem/fear and appreciate any help I can get on the matter! So I live in a state at an elevation of essentially 0, and am interviewing at a school which is an elevation of 7,000 feet (which is 2,000 feet higher than Denver). The problem is that I get altitude sickness, and am terrified of not having time for my body to adjust and ending up feeling sick/faint/whatever and not being at the top of my game for interviews. I'm considering flying in the night before the interviews (which start in the evening) so that I can have around 24 hours for my body to adjust and thus not faint or throw up on anyone. What I'm worried about is that my POI will think I'm a crazy person for doing something like this, and/or that this will make things more difficult for them as they have offered me housing for the time period of the actual interviews. I would clearly not ask them to house me during this extra day and am more than willing to scrape together the money to have the extra night. But I'm also a bit worried they will think that this shows I'm not cut out for the geographical location.. Any thoughts/advice? Has anyone else had to account for altitude sickness at interviews?
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Applicants (PhD, PsyD)

    Honestly at this point I'd so much rather just receive rejections (or interviews 🙏) and at least know where I stand than have to wait anymore. I feel like rejections will be horrible, but at least it's over and you can deal with it and then focus on interviews, you know?
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    RA/Lab Manager/Post-Bacc

    I would also recommend constantly searching through any listings your university has of staff/research/etc positions. I had a dead-end job for 6 months after I graduated before finally finding and applying for a paid research technician position that looked really good on my applications. Don't give up if you don't find something right away - there are always stragglers who put applications out at seemingly random times due to positions opening etc. I also found it helpful to ask any mentors you have at your university if they have or know of anyone in the department that has paid positions related to research for after you graduate. Most professors know that students looking at graduate programs will be on the lookout for these positions, but if you put yourself out there they may be able to find something for you or send you an opportunities they hear about. A lot of departments send emails through faculty asking if anyone knows a student/post-bac who would fit the job they're looking for - I had my mentor send a few different types of opportunities my way over my senior year and beyond. Definitely not guaranteed, but I don't think it hurts to get your name out there (and show letter writers again how dedicated you are to continuing research 😉).
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Applicants (PhD, PsyD)

    I've heard of like 1 person getting an invite on the weekends and my brain has turned this into an excuse to continue to check my email constantly and have this website open all day. There is no escaping it for me 😅

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