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    FacelessMage got a reaction from Le Chat in Fun Post: Best and Craziest Backup Plans   
    Last year my best and craziest back-up plans were as follows:
    Best: continue working my government position
    Craziest: move to Costa Rica and help rehabilitate baby sloths
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    FacelessMage got a reaction from hopeful_psych in Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!   
    I think I've mentioned this in other threads on this board, because I've been here way too long, but I had to apply four times before I got accepted into a clinical psych program (5 years after I graduated from undergrad, although I got an experimental masters in between). I was rejected TWICE from my current program before finally getting in, and didn't receive a single interview during my third application cycle.
    The reality is, clinical psych applications are extraordinarily competitive, and sometimes getting accepted or not can depend on stuff such as who else is in the same application pool, how many funded spots there are for a particular program, and, although a lot of programs won't admit it, department politics do play a bit of a role (e.g., sometimes certain POIs are given priority for accepting students than others). It's definitely normal to be down and hopeless during this process, since it is tough (tougher than grad school itself in a lot of ways). The key thing is to be persistent, and to try to do as much as possible between applications to give yourself a boost! In a lot of ways, there's value in not entering grad school right away after undergrad (e.g., can save some money, get some life experience that you wouldn't necessarily get in school, etc.), so try to look at it as a positive thing (even though it's hard).  
    Remember, you got this! You just have to believe in yourself! 
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    FacelessMage got a reaction from nerdy_metalhead in Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!   
    I think I've mentioned this in other threads on this board, because I've been here way too long, but I had to apply four times before I got accepted into a clinical psych program (5 years after I graduated from undergrad, although I got an experimental masters in between). I was rejected TWICE from my current program before finally getting in, and didn't receive a single interview during my third application cycle.
    The reality is, clinical psych applications are extraordinarily competitive, and sometimes getting accepted or not can depend on stuff such as who else is in the same application pool, how many funded spots there are for a particular program, and, although a lot of programs won't admit it, department politics do play a bit of a role (e.g., sometimes certain POIs are given priority for accepting students than others). It's definitely normal to be down and hopeless during this process, since it is tough (tougher than grad school itself in a lot of ways). The key thing is to be persistent, and to try to do as much as possible between applications to give yourself a boost! In a lot of ways, there's value in not entering grad school right away after undergrad (e.g., can save some money, get some life experience that you wouldn't necessarily get in school, etc.), so try to look at it as a positive thing (even though it's hard).  
    Remember, you got this! You just have to believe in yourself! 
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    FacelessMage got a reaction from rainydaychai in Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!   
    I think I've mentioned this in other threads on this board, because I've been here way too long, but I had to apply four times before I got accepted into a clinical psych program (5 years after I graduated from undergrad, although I got an experimental masters in between). I was rejected TWICE from my current program before finally getting in, and didn't receive a single interview during my third application cycle.
    The reality is, clinical psych applications are extraordinarily competitive, and sometimes getting accepted or not can depend on stuff such as who else is in the same application pool, how many funded spots there are for a particular program, and, although a lot of programs won't admit it, department politics do play a bit of a role (e.g., sometimes certain POIs are given priority for accepting students than others). It's definitely normal to be down and hopeless during this process, since it is tough (tougher than grad school itself in a lot of ways). The key thing is to be persistent, and to try to do as much as possible between applications to give yourself a boost! In a lot of ways, there's value in not entering grad school right away after undergrad (e.g., can save some money, get some life experience that you wouldn't necessarily get in school, etc.), so try to look at it as a positive thing (even though it's hard).  
    Remember, you got this! You just have to believe in yourself! 
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    FacelessMage got a reaction from gillis_55 in Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!   
    I think I've mentioned this in other threads on this board, because I've been here way too long, but I had to apply four times before I got accepted into a clinical psych program (5 years after I graduated from undergrad, although I got an experimental masters in between). I was rejected TWICE from my current program before finally getting in, and didn't receive a single interview during my third application cycle.
    The reality is, clinical psych applications are extraordinarily competitive, and sometimes getting accepted or not can depend on stuff such as who else is in the same application pool, how many funded spots there are for a particular program, and, although a lot of programs won't admit it, department politics do play a bit of a role (e.g., sometimes certain POIs are given priority for accepting students than others). It's definitely normal to be down and hopeless during this process, since it is tough (tougher than grad school itself in a lot of ways). The key thing is to be persistent, and to try to do as much as possible between applications to give yourself a boost! In a lot of ways, there's value in not entering grad school right away after undergrad (e.g., can save some money, get some life experience that you wouldn't necessarily get in school, etc.), so try to look at it as a positive thing (even though it's hard).  
    Remember, you got this! You just have to believe in yourself! 
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    FacelessMage got a reaction from +ve regard in Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!   
    I think I've mentioned this in other threads on this board, because I've been here way too long, but I had to apply four times before I got accepted into a clinical psych program (5 years after I graduated from undergrad, although I got an experimental masters in between). I was rejected TWICE from my current program before finally getting in, and didn't receive a single interview during my third application cycle.
    The reality is, clinical psych applications are extraordinarily competitive, and sometimes getting accepted or not can depend on stuff such as who else is in the same application pool, how many funded spots there are for a particular program, and, although a lot of programs won't admit it, department politics do play a bit of a role (e.g., sometimes certain POIs are given priority for accepting students than others). It's definitely normal to be down and hopeless during this process, since it is tough (tougher than grad school itself in a lot of ways). The key thing is to be persistent, and to try to do as much as possible between applications to give yourself a boost! In a lot of ways, there's value in not entering grad school right away after undergrad (e.g., can save some money, get some life experience that you wouldn't necessarily get in school, etc.), so try to look at it as a positive thing (even though it's hard).  
    Remember, you got this! You just have to believe in yourself! 
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    FacelessMage got a reaction from Psychology_101_ in Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!   
    I think I've mentioned this in other threads on this board, because I've been here way too long, but I had to apply four times before I got accepted into a clinical psych program (5 years after I graduated from undergrad, although I got an experimental masters in between). I was rejected TWICE from my current program before finally getting in, and didn't receive a single interview during my third application cycle.
    The reality is, clinical psych applications are extraordinarily competitive, and sometimes getting accepted or not can depend on stuff such as who else is in the same application pool, how many funded spots there are for a particular program, and, although a lot of programs won't admit it, department politics do play a bit of a role (e.g., sometimes certain POIs are given priority for accepting students than others). It's definitely normal to be down and hopeless during this process, since it is tough (tougher than grad school itself in a lot of ways). The key thing is to be persistent, and to try to do as much as possible between applications to give yourself a boost! In a lot of ways, there's value in not entering grad school right away after undergrad (e.g., can save some money, get some life experience that you wouldn't necessarily get in school, etc.), so try to look at it as a positive thing (even though it's hard).  
    Remember, you got this! You just have to believe in yourself! 
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    FacelessMage got a reaction from Neurophilic in Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!   
    Congrats!!
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    FacelessMage reacted to Neurophilic in Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!   
    Recommended for admission!  Relief is on its way ☺️  
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    FacelessMage reacted to gillis_55 in Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!   
    Got my first acceptance letter today!!! Can’t believe I’m definitely headed to grad school next year, it’s such an enormous relief and I can’t stop smiling! Thanks so much for all the guidance and support here, it played a big role in my apps and interviews this year for sure. 
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    FacelessMage got a reaction from s_bellow in Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!   
    From what I've understood, the training is very expensive for departments and there's less and less funding being provided by universities and governments for it. At least that's the situation in my program right now. There's also a big push to have a lot of psychologist positions filled by Master's level clinicians and social workers because in the long run, they're cheaper than PhD level practitioners. 
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    FacelessMage got a reaction from higaisha in Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!   
    From what I've understood, the training is very expensive for departments and there's less and less funding being provided by universities and governments for it. At least that's the situation in my program right now. There's also a big push to have a lot of psychologist positions filled by Master's level clinicians and social workers because in the long run, they're cheaper than PhD level practitioners. 
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    FacelessMage got a reaction from Neurophilic in Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!   
    From what I've understood, the training is very expensive for departments and there's less and less funding being provided by universities and governments for it. At least that's the situation in my program right now. There's also a big push to have a lot of psychologist positions filled by Master's level clinicians and social workers because in the long run, they're cheaper than PhD level practitioners. 
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    FacelessMage got a reaction from chopper.wife in Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!   
    From what I've understood, the training is very expensive for departments and there's less and less funding being provided by universities and governments for it. At least that's the situation in my program right now. There's also a big push to have a lot of psychologist positions filled by Master's level clinicians and social workers because in the long run, they're cheaper than PhD level practitioners. 
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    FacelessMage reacted to humanisticPOV in Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!   
    Interviewed with some PI's at SFU this week... WOW WHAT A GREAT SCHOOL AND GREAT PEOPLE. You Canadians sure know how to do excellent research and how to be excellent humans  Just thought I'd drop by with some praise and positivity in these stressful times! 
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    FacelessMage got a reaction from lobstergirl in Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Canadian Applicants!   
    In my last application cycle, I travelled from Ontario down to Alabama and Texas for interviews. It was pretty fun to get to see the places where I had applied and to get a feel of what the program and students were like. I would also recommend that if you get accepted someplace, try to travel there before you commit to a program. 
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    FacelessMage reacted to Stipo in SSHRC Doctoral Award/CGS (funding for 2018-2019)   
    On a related note: I find that practice in poor taste. Emailing successful candidates ahead of time is poor decorum. Maybe that is just me, but doesn't feel right.
    All final applicants should receive emails, regardless of the outcome. If anything, it is unsuccessful applicants that could benefit from some cheery words and encouragement.
    Tldr: everyone should emails, or no one...just my 2cents
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    FacelessMage got a reaction from UnlikelyGrad4 in SSHRC Doctoral Award/CGS (funding for 2018-2019)   
    I tried to use both the Masters and doctoral SSHRC awards I won into acceptances. It worked for the Masters program, but didn't work a few years later with the doctoral award. It really depends on the program. 
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    FacelessMage reacted to UnlikelyGrad4 in SSHRC Doctoral Award/CGS (funding for 2018-2019)   
    Hi all - I got news from scholarship office that I was awarded CGS - It doesn't feel real so I look forward to the official letter. I'm shocked - I was in committee 5 I believe which is economics, business, poli sci, and I have no publications and only one conference and one guest lecture. I'm guessing it was successful only due to project relevance to the SSHRC mandate and a few academic awards. Good luck to those who haven't heard, and to those who were unsuccessful - its luck of the draw who gets to review your application so try not to beat yourself up. I consider myself to be very lucky - luck and privilege more than skill I'd say. Will update with my scores once I get official letter.
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    FacelessMage got a reaction from PsychBoy in SSHRC Doctoral Award/CGS (funding for 2018-2019)   
    Congrats!
    I'm going crazy waiting to hear. My mail delivery will probably end up being delayed considering all the roads around my house are closed due to flooding.
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    FacelessMage got a reaction from PsychBoy in SSHRC Doctoral Award/CGS (funding for 2018-2019)   
    They're similar although the SSHRC doctoral awards start with a whole blurb about how they've completed the assessment of your application and they are pleased to tell you that you were successful (and get funding). 
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    FacelessMage got a reaction from TBay in SSHRC Doctoral Award/CGS (funding for 2018-2019)   
    They're similar although the SSHRC doctoral awards start with a whole blurb about how they've completed the assessment of your application and they are pleased to tell you that you were successful (and get funding). 
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    FacelessMage got a reaction from PsychBoy in SSHRC Doctoral Award/CGS (funding for 2018-2019)   
    FYI, SSHRC will tweet out when they post the letters, so you'll have some advanced warning! 
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    FacelessMage got a reaction from UnlikelyGrad4 in SSHRC Doctoral Award/CGS (funding for 2018-2019)   
    Ugh, I'm on vacation that week, and I know I'm going to be consumed with thinking about it. 
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    FacelessMage reacted to Bayesian1701 in Gender Discrimination   
    I don't normally like to feed trolls, but I felt that this thread needed a woman statistician/mathematician.
    I am a little late here but I felt like I needed to say something about my sample size of one.
    I am a female math major.  No one has ever told me explicitly that women can't do math.   At my undergraduate institution, our department chair is a woman,  and we have a large percentage (for math anyway) of female faculty.  This does not mean that my experience was easy.  
    It started in middle school,  where on more than one occasion I got some weird looks when they announced I won competitions.  The disproportionally small number of smart women in STEM in the media didn't help either.  In college,  when the professor announced what the high score was and it was mine some guys would always ask the other "smart guys" if they got the high score but no one ever thought to ask me.   I have gone to office hours and felt like I wasn't viewed by the professor as smart as the guys who would go in before and after me and that I had to prove myself.   I felt like I was fighting a constant uphill battle.  I didn't consider applying for external PhD programs until I was pushed by some great mentors who saw me not as a woman, but as a great statistician.  And in this December I read reports of sexual assaults among female graduate students and young faculty at conferences for my subfield.   Yes, I did well in my cycle but I doubt it was *just* because I don't have a Y chromosome.   I had to fight to get here,  and I am sure your female undergraduate friend had to as well.  I have had to endure people like you my entire life,  and I probably will for the rest of my life.   I would trade any advantage I got because of my gender (which probably wasn't much) in a heartbeat to not have to deal with the disadvantages.  You are trivializing the success of others because they did better than you.  Like everyone said you don't know that gender was the only reason you didn't do as well as a female applicant.  You didn't see the rec letters for the both of you and you didn't apply to the same schools.  
     
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