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    2020 Fall
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    Clinical Psychology PhD

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  1. Was about to post this in the interview thread, but decided here would be better! Is it common to be invited for a preliminary phone/skype before the actual interview day? Or is it more common to just be invited straight to the interview day? I know it depends on program/PI, but wanted to hear about other people's experiences!
  2. Did anyone else apply to Temple? I know we had to go through that interfolio site, and I submitted my interfolio materials to the application on Friday, but still haven't seen it uploaded onto my Temple application. Emailed the graduate admissions chair yesterday, but he hasn't responded 😕
  3. I wouldn't freak out! Make sure to send another email first thing Monday morning if they still haven't responded to your previous one. I find it very unlikely that the committee will be reviewing applications first thing Monday, so you might have some buffer time to get your stuff in!
  4. Don't worry, I'm sure it's still on their radar! They would've never gotten their PhDs without meeting deadlines. I completely understand how stressed you must be feeling right now, but just think how relieved you'll be when everything is in and you don't have to worry about applications anymore!
  5. Final recommendation submitted!! Now I can officially relax...until I face a new kind of stress next month 😅
  6. Hey fellow Ram 🙂 From the previous responses, I'm sure you've gleaned by now the importance of research experience for clinical psychology applicants. What do you mean by "creating positive environments for people in addiction?" Do you want to research how to develop better interventions for people with addiction, or more so about providing counseling? If the latter, there are way less strenuous routes to take other than a clinical psych PhD, that will allow you to do more counseling/supportive work (e.g. MSW). What you'll be doing as a clinical psychology graduate student is primarily research (testing hypotheses, running participants, analyzing data, literature reviews). You'll also be learning how to conduct assessments and interventions for clinical populations. If your goal after getting a PhD is to just do clinical work--absolutely no research--then I wouldn't suggest clinical psychology. While it is possible, and common, for people to graduate and do only clinical work, you'll have ~5-6 grueling years of doing research beforehand! I would echo what everyone else is saying and suggest working in a research lab that is doing research you're interested in. Try and get some pubs or conference presentations, and make relationships with people in the research field (for recommendation letters). It will give you a sense of whether you actually like to do research, and you'll get invaluable experience at the same time. I'd also suggest taking the Psychology GRE so you can demonstrate your knowledge of psychology, since your degree is not in psychology! You're chances afterwards of getting into a program will be much, much higher, because PIs want to recruit students who have shown a dedication to pursuing a research path.
  7. Anyone else still waiting on an LOR? Most of my deadlines are Dec 1st, which is exactly a week from now, and I'm waiting on my 3rd letter writer to submit hers (she's probably gonna be my strongest, too). I'm just super worried because Thanksgiving is on Thursday and the deadline is on Sunday, so she might end up forgetting in the midst of holiday stuff. And if she does end up forgetting, it's on a Sunday and I have absolutely no opportunity to frantically remind her in person... I'm just gonna keep my fingers crossed, and hope that she submits them on time! It's so unfortunate that the deadline had to be on a weekend!
  8. Just an aside--but it's so strange when applications require you to put more than one faculty member you'd be interested in working with. Especially when no other faculty is conducting similar research 😓
  9. I think you're fine. As long as both are above 155, I'm pretty sure you will get through the filtering. What's your AWA score? Granted that the rest of your application is great, I think you are competitive.
  10. I have a 4th LOR who basically offered the same thing! At first I was hesitant, because I wasn't sure how a brief, positive letter might look to admission committees, but my mentors all encouraged me to take him up on the offer. First, anyone that goes out of their way to offer a letter (or note) probably thinks very highly of you and they'll reflect that in their writing. Second, what is the harm in having an additional positive letter? Now if this person was one of your main LORs, I would think about how the brevity of his note could be perceived, but if it's just an additional letter, I'd say definitely go for it.
  11. I wouldn't worry as long as you think it's been enough time for them to get to know you well! One of my LORs I've only known since June, but our working relationship allowed us to really get to know each other in that short amount of time.
  12. I feel you! I'm on my 3rd round of edits for my SOP. Do you have another mentor that could take a look at it? Sometimes it helps to have more than one pair of eyes on it. Not discounting your current mentor, but in the end, sometimes it just comes down to preference. In the end, you want it to still be your own words--not someone else's.
  13. What does their funding look like? Not familiar with UK schools, but generally the more applicants who are accepted = less likely to be funded
  14. Hi Victor! Here's some advice: 1) Pump up your content. The AWA is graded by the computer first, and as frustrating as it is, the computer more positively grades those essays that follow a 5-6 paragraph structure. I would dissuade you from having only one-sentence paragraphs. 2) Some sentences are hard to comprehend/follow (ex. "Universities Congress cannot decide and influenced in a cheat way in the student choice, due to is a void of liberty and personal decision which every student has the right to."). Make sure that you save some time at the end (~5 mins) to re-check your sentence structure and make sure things make sense. 3) Your entire 3rd paragraph is a run-on sentence. Make sure you are writing complex sentences that still follow a sound grammatical structure. 4) Overall, your wording and sentence structure make it too difficult to follow your ideas and parse out your supporting evidence. If it makes it easier, try not to focus on writing wordy, eloquent sentences and instead, focus on conveying your idea clearly and succinctly. For the essay, you want to follow a structure similar to below: Par. 1: -Re-state questions -Explain your position (agree, disagree, agree/disagree with qualifications) -Acknowledge opposite position, but explain why that is ultimately a misguided position Par 2-4/5: -Support statement (i.e. example from history, art, personal experiences, etc) -Supporting evidence for statement -Acknowledge opposing evidence and explain why it doesn't work -Evidence how these points relate to question & main position Par 5/6: -Tie all stated evidence together -Re-state position and why it is the "best" position.
  15. That's hard to say, as a lot of programs are different in how much consideration they give to GRE scores. I have heard of people getting in with poor scores, but they made up for it with having exceptional experience, GPA, pubs/posters, etc. Personally, I do think it's worth it for you to take it again, as your scores may get you screened out at a lot of schools--I think you should aim at least for a 310 combined score to get through that screening process. Can I ask how you're preparing for it? One thing that really helped me was actually emulating the test conditions during my practice tests (i.e. going to the library and using a desktop, completing it w/ the time constraints), so that when it came time for test day, I wasn't as nervous as I would've been.
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