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  1. I completely agree that strong letters make all the difference, but I wouldn't worry so much about who they come from. From my interviews last year I could tell that PIs place a TON of weight on the evaluations of both academic potential and personal character conveyed in LORs, but they don't need to come from colleagues they know well (or even know at all) in order to be effective.
  2. At the end of the day, be honest about who interests you-- oftentimes one strong fit is all it takes. You can also say you are primarily interested in working with the one faculty member but that you could envision yourself collaborating with X/Y/Z professors in the department in X/Y/Z ways. I did this in some of my admissions essays, it's one way to show departmental fit without claiming to match equally with multiple primary mentors.
  3. I agree with a lot of the advice on this thread! Self-reflection is definitely key. It can be daunting at times to think about projects you might want to do in the future, so I'd recommend starting with projects you've done in the past. This includes research studies as well as term papers for class, projects for fun, etc. Think of broad keywords describing each venture-- are there some that repeat more than others? Personally, I found that I had almost always chosen topics related to a handful of keywords (emotion, self, etc.), which led me to solidify my interests.
  4. When I was going through the process, it helped me to recall what topics I was most drawn to in each of my psychology classes. I had a lot of final papers that allowed me to pick a topic, and I realized I kept going back to the same topic areas (ie. emotion, self, individual differences) for each of these papers. It's okay if you don't have a specific question that drives you, or if you have more than one area of interest. But try to narrow your focus to just a couple of these broad content areas. Nobody really knows if their research interests are what they "really want to pursue" foreve
  5. imemine

    Baltimore, MD

    I did my undergrad at JHU and I'd be happy to answer any questions about the area! The Homewood campus is in Charles Village, which is a relatively nice neighborhood (Baltimore standards lol) and where all the undergrads live. Plenty of housing and some restaurants, but if you want to avoid undergrads I'd stay away from N. Charles and St. Paul Streets. A little further out from the undergrad-heavy blocks is Oakenshawe, which is a safer residential area about a 10min walk from campus. You'll find single-family homes here compared to the apartments closer to campus. You could also consider
  6. Hey all! Last year, someone started a reflections and advice thread, and reading it gave me valuable perspective as I went through the process this past fall/winter. Now that we're all one year older and wiser, I was thinking we can share some insights for next year's batch of applicants! These are some things I learned from this process: - Don't do this alone. Looking back at my first draft of my SOP versus the final draft after months of meeting with one of my professors for feedback, it's night and day. I would have been so lost if I had insisted on doing everything by mys
  7. Immediately after each interview visit, I made a list of pros and cons for each program. These included the important factors OP mentioned, as well as little things like the appearance of the psych building, difficulty of qualifying exam, weather, teaching opportunities, etc. I ended up paying the most attention to the cons. It's really important to consider which problems you're willing to deal with, versus which will cause you undue stress or even hinder your progress in the program. And if you can think of 3 serious cons for one program and only 2 minor issues for another, it can be an eye-
  8. I wouldn’t worry about it. I only sent a thank you after one of my interviews (it was my top choice, and I was paranoid about getting in). I don’t think sending a thank you will make or break your application either way
  9. Is anyone else finding it hard to pull the trigger on officially accepting an offer? I have my mind made up with where I want to go, I love the program and the PI and the city and I can't wait to make it official. But my gut feeling about this came on so quickly-- I feel like I need to force myself to slow down, even though I know I'll accept there eventually. It's also weird to have this application season come to an end so suddenly after being the focal point of my life for the better part of a year. Is there a "right time" to accept an offer? Is any of this making sense??? 😅
  10. School: UT-Austin Type of Program: Social-Personality Psych PhD Acceptance Date: 2/20/2020 I've been getting a flurry of sweet, supportive emails from PIs, postdocs, and grad students over the last half hour and I'm so overwhelmed with happiness. I haven't made the official decision quite yet, but wow. This might be the one. 😍
  11. I haven’t even made my decision yet but I keep obsessively looking at apartments in my top 2 cities..... it’s a problem😅
  12. I don't read books in my free time AT ALL. Not one. I got asked this question by a PI on one of my recent visits, and I told him honestly what I actually read for fun: analytical articles about the NFL! I genuinely don't think anybody cares whether or not you read (or what you like to read). Just be authentic!
  13. If you're looking for a free option, some schools list these statistics on their websites! This one from Berkeley (scroll down to see it) doesn't include waitlist statistics, but shows just about everything else. Some stats seem pretty easy to generally estimate for (the 5% admissions rate seems especially common), but others definitely vary from program to program.
  14. Sorry if this is a dumb question haha (first-time interview-goer here!), but where exactly do people put their padfolios/document holders? Do they carry them around all the time, or do most people bring purses large enough to fit them? Is it weird to carry both a padfolio and a small purse? Also, for non-clinical interviews, is it expected that everyone has their own document holder going in?
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