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    2013 Fall
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    Clinical Psych

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  1. I finished an M.A. in clinical psych about 2 years ago. It started off more coursework heavy then shifted more towards research and clinical practice towards the end. I chose to do a voluntary research thesis to boost my application for doctoral programs so that took time. If your degree is practice based expect coursework, readings, and tests early on followed by clinical practice experience at practicums and internships combined with presenting cases, supervision sessions, and possibly working in multiple locations. If you're more research based you'll be spending even more time on reading,
  2. Congrats, it's exciting for sure. My program offers some assistantships which works out to little less than half tuition if I get one. I'm also hoping to continue seeing some patients while I'm in school (already have a Master of Arts in Clinical Psych).
  3. Looking forward to starting in a Psy.D. program this fall with advanced standing at a university here. Anyone else gearing up for their doctorate in clinical and/or counseling psychology? How are you mentally, physically, socially, and financially planning for what is going to essentially be your life for the next 4-6 years?
  4. Most PhD programs are clinical research oriented. Sure they train people to be academics but as long as it's clinical psychology or counseling psychology you can usually get licensed with that education. As a bonus many PhD programs offer partial or full funding for tuition and stipends. Compared to a Psy.D they are similar in terms of practice oriented jobs you might do after graduating and becoming licensed. Psy.D's may offer some funding in terms of assistantships but often do not come with full funding/stipends. Ph.D. programs tend to be extremely competitive , you're talking hundreds of a
  5. Ask the new adviser or better yet skip the trip. I once planned a short international trip over what I assumed was a short school break. Trip was booked about 3 months before school started. Schedule shifted and I had finals that week in my M.A. program at the time. The professors cut me some slack me but one turned around and said "You need to check your schedule and not go away when there are classes and tests. Not everyone will let you take the test early, they'll just tell you to take the test when they give it or miss it and fail." She let me test early but what she said stuck with me a l
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    I used to highly recommend Macbook Pros (used one through most of my Masters program and work after) but recently upgraded to a Lenovo Thinkpad T430. As other have said Asus and Lenovo tend to have decent quality laptops at a price a lot lower than Macbook Pros (my loaded T430 cost less than the base Macbook Pro). But since I'm a new fan of Lenovo I'll say a Lenovo Thinkpad (mainly the T series or if you need a bigger screen and extra video processing the W series). I've also heard good things about the X Series. But speaking for the T series, this is the iconic line with water resistant
  7. They do have a high expectation at both the Masters level and Doctoral level. In fact many schools use the statement of purpose as a way to also gauge writing abilities when a writing sample isn't requested. That said my writing itself is pretty good but I've always struggled with certain areas of grammar. When I was working on a M.A. thesis my thesis committee helped me with these issues and I also used the school's writing center to improve further. Basically I could clearly convey ideas and write at a high level but grammar was a weak spot I'm still working on. However, I did successfully
  8. This is common in many fields. my undergrad degree isn't in anything close to what my Masters is in or what I'll be doing in my doctoral program come fall. Take a look at some of the programs (I'm assuming you're wanting a doctoral degree?) and see what their coursework requirements are. Then take them at your current school or any other school where the credits can be transferred. Others may be right though, a Masters in your chosen interest will show more background in the new area of interest and maybe make you more competitive for a doctoral program down the line. It'll also give you
  9. A good thing to keep in mind for everyone for sure. From the other end of the perspective (accepted at at least one school and waiting on other offers) know that many people are sitting on offers as they wait to hear about unofficial acceptances turning into official acceptances, waiting to hear anything from a top choice, or even waiting on their own waitlists at top choices. I do agree it's good etiquette to notify a school that's accepted or waitlisted you as soon as you've made a decision to go elsewhere but the timeline can vary from school to school and program to program.
  10. I've gotten most rejections through email, although one went to my permanent address. I got one acceptance officially through email (although they later sent a paper copy to my permanent address) and got an unofficial acceptance through the phone with an official one apparently being sent by postal mail (likely to permanent address because I don't think they have current mailing address). Most of them had my mailing current address.
  11. You'd be surprised. Especially in my field. Everything from dress/grooming and mannerisms to prepping answers to interview questions in your head and being able to take concise examples of an experience and being able to utilize that no matter the questions. And so much more.
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  13. I wonder if there's a difference between those who want to work in academia and those who want to work out in the world? I'm gearing up for a doctoral degree with the desire to go out and work in various roles instead of academia. Granted my chosen field involves an expectation to obtain license to practice. I can't see how getting your degrees from the same school matters in most fields.
  14. I recently got accepted to Psy.D. programs for Fall 2013, feel free to PM me if you want some tips or info on what seemed to work for my SOPs I took tips from current Psy.D. students on tweaking my SOPs and I'm very certain some of their tips were a big factor. One thing I will say that helped me out with the SOP and then with the interviews is discuss in some way why the particular school and why specifically a Psy.D. You need good reasons or at least an understanding of what a Psy.D. means for your career and why you actually need it. You show you understand time and commitment to the
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