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    2015 Fall
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  1. mutualist007

    PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    I'm reevaluating a lot of things now, so at this time none yet. Yourself?
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    Another "what are my chances" thread :)

    Check on your letter writers to make sure they know your work well. And really try to find out what your POIs are looking for in a grad student. I sometimes found it hard to break through, but if you keep asking they will tell you eventually. But you can't possibly do worse than I have (not applying to anthro programs now, but did for years since 2010 and didn't have much luck inspiring confidence or selling myself I suppose.)
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    Current grad students: how many tries did it take?

    How exactly does one do that? Can you break that down a bit into digestible, replicatable pieces? Some of us have been trying for years with decent scores and GPA. I know my problem them and now was field experience and maybe fit because my SOPs may have not been exactly the SOPs they were looking for.
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    Late deadline second-chance schools and decent distance programs

    Today I began a new day with a new perspective. After reviewing my choices this year I realized that there were some I just was not really jazzed about. I was excited about what they might could be or could do for my career, but not enough otherwise about the research. But I felt I had to make a choice. Issues of geography, career promise and actual interests were often at odds. I have no answers for how to balance what excites a person with making sensible choices that will lead to job security, but there has to be something in your education and job potential choices that leads you to an "excitatory" state for your research interests. I started this journey with an interest in behavioral neuroscience and in translational research in mental health. Since that's where I gravitate, I can focus around that make connections as necessary. It doesn't matter if I failed a dozen times before. I will just be smarter and more dedicated about it next time around. β€œTo be everywhere is to be nowhere.” ― Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
  5. mutualist007

    Moving Forward

    Wouldn't it be nice if rejection letters could provide specific actionable feedback? Tell me what was lacking and I will work hard over the next year to change that. Thanks!
  6. Bottom line: Do any programs have April or May deadlines for PhD programs - OR are there any programs of any type (like distance programs) that have rolling admissions? I'm not giving up and will stubbornly punish myself if I have to in order to keep fighting for an admit. This is bucket list level stuff for me. I have 2 more late decision schools for this year, but neither are in Psychology. Please try to understand the perspective of someone who has applied for 3-4 years and only received 1 unfunded offer out of over a dozen applications. I can't afford nor find 10-12 applications a year, so understandably I'm limiting myself.
  7. mutualist007

    Fall 2017 Waitlist Thread

    I've definitely accepted that it this point it would take a miracle! I guess I will embolden myself to reach out and ask again so if indeed it is rejection I can move on and maybe stop distracting myself with dreams about "what if".
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    Fall 2017 Waitlist Thread

    I am waiting on a decision letter from Georgia Tech (PhD, ... Psychology). Until late last week the status was "to Dept. for review". It was finally changed to "Dept. Decision Made" but I still don't have a decision letter. A large part of me has accepted that this means I was rejected, but the dragging on with no official decision has me also ready to consider that perhaps I was on a waitlist. I contacted someone else who applied and they confirmed that their status was changed and they already received a rejection letter as of 7-10 days ago. So now I'm asking for input and discerning judgement. Is it safe to say that I'm rejected and that I need to move on to whatever may be next?
  9. I started a topic and just now realized that one of my tags has a typo error. Fixing the error will increase the quality of the post. Or if you'd rather, simply delete the post and I will repost with the correct tag spelling . Either way, problem solved. Here's the original thread The offending tag http://forum.thegradcafe.com/tags/georia tech/
  10. mutualist007

    Responses for 2017 Georgia Tech Psychology PhD?

    Still checking for updates and still seeing "To Dept For Review". I emailed on March 23 and asked about status updates. The response: ... we are very late getting decision letters out this year. We accepted a very small number. You should receive your decision letter by email by tomorrow. Should I interpret that to mean that everyone who was accepted was already notified - rejection letters are forthcoming? I have decided to accept that I've been completely rejected, but it's hard to completely accept that option when no updates are forthcoming.
  11. mutualist007

    Responses for 2017 Georgia Tech Psychology PhD?

    Thank you. I'm still checking the status updates and waiting. The status remains 'To Dept For Review'
  12. mutualist007

    $200,000+ for a ph. D worth it?

    For anyone reading this in 2017, the overwhelming answer is no. That amount of loans would only be worth it if you were considering an MD as a Psychiatrist and also wanted to add a PhD. Unless you got a grantor to sponsor you so that the loan would almost be interest free - and place you in a job with a under-served community.
  13. I applied to the Cognitive Aging program (Psychology) at Georgia Tech for Fall 2017, but my status still says "under review". Should I just assume that all first drafts have been accepted and that I am either wait-listed or will receive a rejection letter via snail mail? Many thanks!
  14. That's just it. I've read every guide there is (I think) on how to write an effective SOP. I've read numerous examples too. The ones I read for Cultural Anthropology at Duke looked very much like my SOP except for the fact that I don't have as many experiences abroad nor do I have a personal background that is interesting or enriching for the program. My SOP has about the same level of detail and specifics for the research proposal and faculty fit sections. I downloaded the examples from Duke and used the second SOP example for the quote below. The second example in particular is very similar to my SOPs in regards to the personal story and issues, and the level of detail and specifics outlined in the paragraphs on research and fit with the program. http://culturalanthropology.duke.edu/uploads/assets/2011-2012GradStmts.doc Since I am not applying to cultural anthropology programs, will my application suffer for not having a tapestry of volunteer work outside the US?
  15. mutualist007

    Crushed ambitions and dreams: I feel like I want to commit suicide

    Long time between replies, but here it is. I was kicking myself. I had recently read a lot of testimonials and discussions about the negative effect of greater age and distance between degrees and the likelihood of landing a tenure track job. Perhaps my tone was smug, but my intention was to seriously present another side of the issue and a grim warning about the false belief that "it's never too late". I'm still not sure about my chances in a fourth round of applications, but here I stand not quite ready to move out of the way just yet.

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