I'm 100% certain my abysmally low Quant GRE score became the Achilles' heel in my applications this first cycle for Clinical. I admit, I am not a great self-learner and therefore working with Magoosh, where the Quant questions are unstructured and not very helpful in terms of representative difficulty, threw me off. I applied to 6 schools, and one of the POIs e-mailed me to say he fought the department to keep me due to my high GPA, strong research track, and publication record, but the department wouldn't let it go. He encouraged me to re-take the GRE and apply under him next time. Initially rejection hurt a lot, but I talked to the graduate students in my research lab and they all mentioned that they didn't get in their first cycle and re-took the GRE, got clinical experience, or just worked. However, the only interview I got was for a school that did not require the GRE and I had a very strong feeling about this place initially.
I did apply to a Msc. in Public Health because I've noticed that this is a very common Masters among many individuals who took a gap year before applying again to Med. school and Clinical Psychology. My parents literally asked me, "why would you apply for the most worthless degree possible?" when I initially told them that I wanted to pursue Clinical psychology. They've been horrible towards me ever since in my 2nd year of undergrad I told them that I wasn't doing Med school. I feel lost and confused, and being a first generation college student has been part of the reason why. My entire life has revolved around following a schedule, and I graduate in May and I no longer will have that schedule. It's scaring me a lot. Being a student and researcher has always brought me joy because I can see my hard work paying off.
If I don't get in, I plan on doing the following:
-Re-take the GRE, as I found a tutor specifically for the math. I plan on dedicating enough time this round.
-Working with a research lab at another University (I've been working with a Ph.D student for their dissertation there as I was recruited as a methodology consultant).
-Continue to work on research.
-Teach myself R.
Additionally, I was wondering if doing a post-bacc will be useful? I know they're usually made for individuals who have no psychology background, or a low GPA, but are there any complete research based ones? I think Berkley has one?
Also, I want to thank you all for being emotionally honest about your experiences during the application process. It makes me feel as if I'm not alone.