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  1. Yes, because the current offer holders have until the 15th to give their final answers. Good luck!!
  2. Once your program begins you'll have very little free time to focus on anything else. So perhaps this time could be used cultivating/enjoying the hobbies that bring you joy? I know it's tempting to jump ahead, but it's also a gift to be able to control your time and attention. Congrats on the acceptance and I hope you can appreciate the next few months of freedom!
  3. I say School A. Between research fit, shorter commute, and being in your current city, it seems like a great fit!
  4. I think at this point it's still really early and we should all do our best to not fall down the speculation rabbit hole. If it's still a problem come summer I'm sure plans will be made, but there is no use borrowing worry and stoking the "what if" panic. We're psychologists, let's rise above the fear contagion :).
  5. Great! I just didn't want it to sound presumptuous, but I like the suggestion to just say I want to be removed from the waitlist.
  6. Great thank you for the guidance!
  7. I just formally accepted my offer to Michigan!! Still can't believe it! I'm so excited about the program and my advisor and can't wait to get started!! Anyone else headed to Ann Arbor? Good luck to those still waiting! I'm SOOO thrilled to be done and hope your waiting ends soon (and with the outcome you desire)!!
  8. This may be an odd question, but if we've accepted another offer should we notify advisors who have waitlisted us, the way we notify programs where we have been accepted? It feels weird to tell them, since I'm not technically turning down an offer, but it feels like it would be more awkward if they end up offering me a spot later. Also, it's someone I'm hoping to still work with in the future, so I want to handle the situation well. Thanks for any help!
  9. School: University of Michigan Type of Program: Developmental Psychology Acceptance Date: February 28 (email from advisor) School: Arizona State University Type of Program: Family and Human Development Acceptance Date: December 19 (call from advisor and email from department) I'll be heading to Michigan! Good luck to everyone who is still waiting, and congratulations to those who got in!!
  10. I interviewed there, great program!! Would love to know who you are working with!
  11. University of Michigan - Developmental Psychology Would love to connect with anyone else headed to UMich this Fall!!
  12. In the first option you said you'd have to apply for PhD programs before the end of your first semester but that's not true. You could do the program and then work for a year or two as an RA in one of the many labs you mentioned that are doing interesting work. There is no rule stating you must apply immediately. Also, it would be worth looking into just doing RA positions for a few years and getting some first author posters/presentations/papers. That would be way cheaper then a master's (in fact you'd be paid) and it means SOOO much on grad school applications, assuming you're productive during that time. I have heard numerous stories of people having lots of success using this strategy, especially since many PhD programs make you "redo" your Masters in their program. I'd reach out to your mentors and see what they think. You could also reach out to people you think you'd be interesting in working with and see what they value. I had alot of success doing that and was steered toward a one year post-bacc RA position instead of a master's and I'm SOO grateful I went that route. Way cheaper then a master's and I got into my top choice PhD program (top 5 program). Whatever you do, just do it well! Good luck!!
  13. Sounds like a perfect choice! Congratulations and good luck!!
  14. Do a literature review using Google Scholar to identify the PI's doing research that you find interesting. Then, one you've come up with that list, check out their programs to see who is in a department that fits your goals. For example, some people I found were in Clinical and I wanted to apply to Social/Developmental programs so I removed them. Do not apply to schools just based on their ranking, it's all about research fit. Then once you have that list, over the summer or in early fall, email the PI's and ask if they will be accepting students in the upcoming cycle. Treat this email as part of the interview process (not too long, very professional, and brief sentence or two about why you think it's a good fit). Then one your hear back you'll have your list. Good luck!
  15. Do you have to decide now? You said you're just starting your Masters degree. Why not wait until you get through that program and then reassess how you feel. No point borrowing worry that may be unwarranted.
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