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  1. Hi there, I have a bit of a past in music therapy, so I'll share what I know of it. To be a music therapist you will need either a post bac (which will require you to do all the additional needed coursework in music therapy) to obtain a BMT or you would just complete a bachelors in MT. There's really no way around that part, you will need that coursework (which includes a lot of music heavy coursework, much of what you may already have with a music minor). I honestly think you should experience what music therapy is all about. It sounds like you've been working with some music t
  2. Aw man, I was so looking forward to reading people's hook-up stories in grad school. Unfortunately I don't have any as I've just started grad school otherwise I'd offer advice, but I have none. I think after dealing with undergrads and their stupidity (for the most part), that's an instant turn-off. I find it hard to meet other grad students outside of my department as I haven't seen any sort of grad mixers going on at my school. :/
  3. SO ready for winter break…X_X

  4. Waaaait Journals CHARGE you to publish?? I mean I've heard of that but those are usually scams or really crappy journals that aren't reputable. But there are fields in which you have to pay to publish? Legit publishing? Really? I'm really naive to fields outside of my own, so this is fascinating...
  5. Great to hear all these different experiences. Seems like you all have had similar experiences to mine, and at least share the same philosophy as I do with mentorship. I get that it may vary by institution/professor. I feel a little better about having the perspective I have now (you must take initiative and contribute meaningfully). I've always liked the role of facilitator, there to help and teach along the way, but not the leading force in the project. I also think that the best way to learn as an undergrad as well. Now that I know, it's not just my naive way of thinking, I can feel a lit
  6. Here's a question for my fellow psych folk. I'd love to hear from both undergraduates and graduates. How does mentoring work from your past experience? For example, getting authorship on a poster. Does your professor give you a topic they've been working on and you're just expected to make the poster? Do you have to do the analysis, write-up, etc? I'd like to hear how undergraduates are mentored or graduate students, how you are mentoring undergrads or how your PI deals with undergrads in this situation? I'm hearing a lot of differing perspectives, and maybe it's just personal prefe
  7. I've been learning how to deal with this the past few months. We have a bunch of undergraduate RAs, some are great, while others…echo the statement OP posted. It's frustrating and here's something of the things I've learned that maybe will help others: 1) Create an application process for undergrads who are interested in working with you. It helps to weed out those who are just there to get "credit" and don't actually want to work and learn. You'd be surprise how easy it is to weed out the lazy students just by making an application where they have to fill in and articulate their thought
  8. Lalala~ feeling the craziness setting in. I just had a bout of the "imposter syndrome" and I'm just about getting over it again. It's a vicious cycle. I find that procrastinating by doing other things that need to get done a nifty excuse for not getting a paper done…so it's not like I'm completely wasting time? Hah. I can't wait for break and then to start semi-fresh with a new semester! I think I'm going to buy myself some new headphones so I can block out everything in the lab and just focus. Maybe it'll deter people from bothering me as well and force me to work!
  9. Lulz..these threads about grad school and finding love, etc. have about summed up both my irrational and rational thoughts and fears about it all…
  10. I honestly have no idea. From my experience they varied completely. I got a response as early as January to February and March, and also sometimes nothing at all. I know some start looking right away but others wait until after the holiday season, it all depends. From here it's a waiting game unfortunately. Check the forums and results sections to see if anyone hears anything, that's the best you can really do.
  11. I wouldn't worry too much about the grades. You said your overall would be around 3.45 and I think that should be fine, as your other more important aspects of your application (research, potentially GRE) can and will most likely outweigh this. Focus on finding the right schools/POIs for your applications, that will be crucial. You can mention how you switched from one area to another but I wouldn't mention specifically how your freshman/sophomore years were terrible. That switch in majors can speak for itself in terms of your change in motivation/grades, and they'll see that.
  12. Typically from January and on…but I wouldn't rule out phone interviews in December.
  13. I plan to email a friendly reminder either tomorrow or Tuesday…lol
  14. Ah just submitted!! Thank god it's over!! For now...
  15. Hah, in the same boat as you gellert!
  16. I offered them to all my letter writers and sent them to whomever requested it. I think it helps them know your application and how you'd like to be portrayed.
  17. Is it common to have that many citations? Just a honest question. I only have a few, but in general I tried to use citations only when I was making a specific claim where it's obvious its not my info. Is that okay or do I need to put more supporting citations?
  18. I think it's good to get a variety of experiences, but scattering yourself too much will look unorganized. I also don't like the idea of working more than 2 labs at a time, you cannot possibly devote quality time to more than that, at least in my opinion. I also believe the quality of the experience and the letters they produce mean more than lines on a CV. Though, I can feel your supervisor's frustration, my lab RAs can't/won't always devote the 8-10 hrs/week we want either because of their loaded schedules, but I doubt they're getting good experience if they are here less than that...I see
  19. I'm in that weird lull of nothingness too. It's like I've submitted things or am waiting on things to come back to me...so really I can't do much. And the things I could get started on...I'm just trying so hard to push off. I know I'll pick it back up once school starts and then I'll be super productive...but for now it's just like twiddling my thumbs...
  20. If your only issue is that your friends and family are far away and you broke up with your girlfriend, I say, stick it out. You'll eventually come to find a new social circle at your new school and make great new friends/relationships. I don't think it's a common thing to just switch advisors mid program, I think it's a situational specific thing, so I wouldn't put all my cards on just that notion. If you really don't want to be at that school and program, you better think hard about it before even starting. If it's a school and PI that you really like and are excited about, I would stay wi
  21. You don't search for schools by your stats. You search for them by your research interests. As mewtoo said, you need to figure out what it is you want to do research in, it doesn't have to be so specific to the degree that you have your thesis planned out, but you need to get specific. What branch of social psychology do you want to go in? Stereotypes/prejudice, personality, social cognition, intergroup relations? The list goes on...so I think that would be a good next step...narrowing down those focuses. From there you can better search what PI's are doing awesome research in that area.
  22. I have this feeling too. I'm just starting so I don't have a lot of responsibility yet, but I have started numerous projects and they are going smoothly and frankly, ahead of schedule. Still I feel I don't have enough to do or I'm not working hard enough. Because I don't stay late like everyone else, I feel kind of guilty, like why am I not as busy? Am I not contributing enough? Even though I do offer to share the load with others, but I guess it's hard when I'm still a newbie. I guess I shouldn't feel bad for going home once my 8 hours are done? I should enjoy this easy breezy feeling t
  23. I wouldn't treat it any differently. Just email and not even mention you had previously applied. If they remember, that's fine and they may mention it and it may work to your favor or they won't remember you and it'll just be round two of applying. Either way, it's not like you're going to get any benefit from making it known so I would just treat it as any other unless they bring it up.
  24. I volunteered for my "POI" in the summer and continued on as I began applications. Ended up now my "POI" is my "PI" and I think being there and showing my interest/effort definitely was invaluable. Different professors have different systems for picking their grad students but at least for my PI it was important to know the person before hand or at least be aware of compatibility. Though this will never make up for fit and competency...I know for a fact my choice is a perfect fit with my research interests and just happened to work out that way, but I will advocate that it is a good way to
  25. Is it reasonable to ask for a chair? Our lab has a few nice office chairs but are being used by other members who are full time...I just started a full-time now. The chairs I have to use are plastic (but nice plastic ones). They're okay but not for 8 hours of use. Is it unreasonable to ask for a nicer chair or should I just bring in my own? What's the typical notion here?
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