_kita

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    Mental Health Implementation Science, Research-Practice Integration, Psychopathology, Evolutionary Psychology
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  1. Kutztown University (Pennsylvania State school) had a flat rate for any graduate assistants. It was 20 hrs a week for $7500/annually plus the tuition waiver. The installment was paid biweekly beginning late August and ending a bit after the academic year let out.
  2. Another "it depends" based on research interests, programs of interest, budget, geographic location. Another factor can be "non academic responsibilities." For my first masters , I applied to 12 schools because I had the flexibility to upend my life. I was also not as certain about my career "end goals". When I had more direction, I applied to 5 schools (2nd masters). Now, my life has changed drastically. I have a full-time career and need to work a doctoral around those responsibilities. So my choices are limited to part-time professional doctoral degrees. Out of the 2 reasonable possibilities, 1 of them isn't what I'm looking for. So, that means when I apply for a DrPH, I'm only applying to one school. All eggs will be in one basket, but I'm at a point in my life where that's acceptable.
  3. Funding eligibility if I work p/t at university?

    Oh, okay. Nevermind then. A small state school I attended offered full waiver for someone working FT for their masters in student affairs. Bad info then, sorry!
  4. Funding eligibility if I work p/t at university?

    Maybe you can look to see if the department you work (or want to work at)offers a GAship. Just change you employment status to GA instead. Most student affairs departments offered a lot of graduate assistantship. Also consider, if you're an employee, you may not need the GAship to begin with. Most universities will let you take classes for free if you work for them. So you'd get money + tuition.. And more than many GAs get...
  5. Leaving PhD program - reasons and advice

    If you do not want to be a spokesperson for your minority status, you'll need to research the industry and region you're going into. That way, you can find yourself a better fit where you're not so alone. I agree that you shouldn't have to do that much work, but institutions are disproportionate across America. If that's something you're okay with doing, our institutions could use more spokespeople who are amazing (and not just loud) advocates. Either way, knowing the demographics of your coworkers, clients, and region may be more important going into any job or educational experience.
  6. Stressing about my personal statement

    You're welcome! I'm glad it helped.
  7. Was Joan of Arc crazy?

    ^ This ^ Psychology is becoming a increasingly rigorous scientific field. Your question seems more a philosophical and spiritual based one than psychology based one.
  8. @Nico Corr mainly geometry, but I did a lot of refreshers along the spectrum. This is a useful grid for comparison: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/khan_academy
  9. How long can you postpone a job offer?

    Congrats!
  10. I'm glad to hear this. As a mental health counselor, I can tell you that not all of us are the same caliber, nor are we interchangeable. If you've tried 1 therapist, it's like trying 1 burger and saying they're all the same. You may want to consider why it failed (what did or didn't the counselor do that you needed from the therapeutic relationship). You've had a lot of really good advice thus far speaking to this. To rebuild self-esteem you need both external and internal process switches. So, you need a positive support network around you - to help bolster what you're trying to change internally. Internal Methods: Identifying 3 accomplishments you did for the day. This can be as simple as "I read that chapter, I finished that paper, I spoke to a friend I haven't in a while, I washed my hair today, etc." Give your self credit where credit is due. Write this in a journal, or just say it out loud on repeat. Reminders about what you've done thus far. I like pictures for this. Placing pictures around your work or home from moments when you feel accomplished, connected, or just memories that make you happy. Setting small, achievable, daily goals for yourself. Often times we only set the large goals, and forget to set and praise ourselves for the little stuff Remember "no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." If someone makes you feel small, work on not letting that be personal. Maybe write down the comment, and write down ways which they might have meant it that wasn't personal. Work on desensitizing yourself to those words. External Methods: You're doing the biggest one right now! Reaching out, talking to others who are supportive. If your support is either 1) not supportive 2) not supportive in the way you need, either communicate and get that worked on... or find new supports Keeping yourself physically healthy and mentally challenged while working on the mental wellness!
  11. Stressing about my personal statement

    First off, congratulations on being 3 years into recovery. I know how much that changes your life and becomes infused in every part of your decision making and life. It sounds life recovery has made you who you are and helped you guide your future. That being said, admissions committees do not need to know anything about your recovery, youthful indiscretions, or any other personal details of your life. If you don't discuss your "younger years" the committee will simply thing that you just needed more time to find out your passion. They really don't think that everyone should be 7 years old with their life planned out. Different people need more time. The stark contrast between associates and bachelors will only solidify that assessment. The personal statement can be crafted as a "where I want to go from here" instead of a "where I've come from." You can discuss classes that changed your life, questions or professional problems you want to solve, or anything else. As for if the recovery story can get you into grad school, depends on the program. My counseling masters program expressly asked me to discuss a time that I helped someone. Other schools want a diversity statement. The problem is the word count. When a school really wants a short concise statement saying where you want to go, the recovery story usually takes up most of the room. It's impressive, but often times irrelevant to what they want to know. When I wrote out my personal statements, I wrote several drafts. The first one was a personal summary/chronology. That helped me brainstorm. I suggest writing down your recovery story anyways - just to write it. That might help you see ideas and concepts that will strengthen your actual statement when you begin drafting it as well as being cathartic.
  12. How long can you postpone a job offer?

    Most HR departments have a set timelimit for holding positions. American standard is 2 weeks, but it will depend on their company policies.
  13. I will second what a lot of people have said. I like Magoosh for the quant for their practice problems, apps, and video explanations. I also subsidized that with Khan Academy videos (which is free, but not GRE specific). Both of those helped develop my overall "number sense" as well as tips and tricks for the exam itself. Otherwords, I have the Kaplan and ETS math workbooks. My plan is, if my scores aren't high enough after going through both thoroughly, I'll be going through an in-class prep session. I'm aiming to increase my score by almost 20 points - which is a rather tall order.
  14. You aren't alone. The rate of anxiety and depression among grad students is astonishing. You need to prioritize your mental wellness and learn your own "self care" plan. This can be anything from making a point not to sacrifice sleep, exercising, eating healthier, counseling, to do lists, positive affirmations/grateful lists, journaling, seting aside "you time" for a favorite activity, talking to advisors about types of feedback you need, etc. If you're at a loss how to even start, counseling is a great first step. Remember that anything you do or change isn't you being lazy, immature, or whatever other negative thoughts you may have about yourself. It is about making sure you are healthy so you can give more to you work. Take care!
  15. Should I even apply?

    I suggest making a life change, but graduate school might not be the best one for you right now. Look at getting some biology research assistant jobs and get yourself into a lab. Grad school is not something to undergo if you are already exhausted thinking about the work you'll have to do.