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  1. Masters in Clinical Psychology

    Hey, My name is Akshita and I am currently studying Applied Psychology in India, at undergrad level. I plan to pursue a masters degree in Clinical Psychology in either the US or Canada. I wanted to know: 1. whether clinical psychology has a functional masters degree or it is the Doctoral degree for it? 2. Is it possible to apply to the Doctoral degree straight after my undergrad or should I have work experience for atleast a year prior to it? 3. what is better, whether to go for doctoral after my undergrad or first do a masters and then the doctoral? 4. what is the difference between a phD and a doctoral degree? 5. does clinical psychology require a subject GRE test? I appreciate the help and guidance. Thanks!
  2. Hello, stat forum members! I hope some of you would be kind enough to go through this post. Undergrad Institution: India. Not one of the IITs. Major(s): Bachelors in Pharmacy GPA: ~3.4 Type of Student: International Student GRE General Test: Q: 166 V: 166 W: (waiting for official scores) GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: N/A Research Experience: No relevant research experience, I think. 1) Worked one summer in the chemistry lab. No publications. 2) Conducted a study in which I set out to evaluate the influence of personality traits on patient adherence. Unpublished but had an oral presentation in college. Not sure if it counts. Courses: Calc 1, 2 (A+)(covered in a one-semester course), Applied Math and Pharmaceutical Statistics(diff eq, laplace transformations and biostatistics) (A-) Computer Science (A), Operations Research (A+), Marketing Research Methodology (B+) Letters of Recommendation: One from calc professor and one from my chemistry lab advisor. Work experience: Have interned at pharmaceutical companies (one month in a production plant, and 4 months in the supply chain department). Not sure how much weightage that holds (if any) Applying to: MS Biostatisics Programs MS (tentative): U Columbia (Reach) U Minnesota (Reach) UT Health Science Center BU (MA Biostatistics) (Reach) Pittsburgh Vanderbilt (#1 choice overall) George Washington University (Reach) Ohio State University UIC Oregon State (MPH Biostatistics) Concerns: 1. Unsure if I my coursework meets the pre-requisites. 2. No research experience. 3. Obscure undergrad institution, bachelors in an unrelated field. I am aware that my overall profile is quite weak. I have been studying stats/biostats on my own but obviously I have quite little to show for it on paper, and of course programs would be (rightfully) skeptical of someone who claims to have "self-studied" a subject. I would really appreciate if someone could honestly evaluate my chances of getting into the universities listed above. Should I aim at even lower ranked programs? Should I wait one year and try to beef up my application (by perhaps giving the subject test)? In what other way can I improve my application? Thanks!
  3. Hi everyone, I need some advice on what to do for the next year before I apply to Statistics MS programs. I am potentially interested in PhD Statistics or Machine Learning programs and thus I know that my MS program ranking could influence my future application. I also am wary of going to a sub top-10 program since I'm scared I might end up spending quite a lot of money on the program without substantially increasing my future chances at PhD programs. My main issue is that I have weak Math grades (~3.2), with some particularly weak grades in core courses like Linear Algebra (B-), Functional Analysis (C), and ODEs (C+) (11 math courses total). A B-B+ math student in my other courses would sum it up. I have taken a class through Harvard Extension covering some of this, particularly Linear Algebra, Real Analysis and Multivariable Calc, achieving an A. I just don't know if this will be sufficient to convince MS committees that I can do math. I have excellent grades in my Statistics coursework (~3.8) (10 courses) and a good, but not great, overall GPA (~3.7) from a Top 3 Public. I also graduated Phi Beta Kappa if that means anything. As far as everything else, I have near perfect GRE scores (167+ for each section, 5+ for AWA) as well as 3 strong letters from Statistics professors. Domestic male student. Questions: 1. Is there any benefit to continue taking extension courses to rectify past coursework performance? I'm planning to take a proof-based course in convex optimization in 3-4 months. I can't find any program that offers Functional Analysis or ODEs through extension and I'm working, so I'm not able to go back for undergrad classes, even if they would let me enroll. 2. Is taking, and doing well, on the Math GRE Subject test something to consider, even though Stats MS programs don't require it? 3. Are authorships in industry-oriented statistical publications worthwhile to pursue? My job might allow me to pursue publications with applied researchers in my company within the next year. Any advice that you can give me at this point to improve my chances for top programs (I'm aiming for Stanford, UWash, and UChicago) would be appreciated! Thanks!
  4. Hi everyone, I need some help developing a strategic back up plan! Last year, my senior year in undergrad, I applied to 14 clinical psychology PhD programs, got 2 interviews, and was ultimately rejected. After graduation in April, I've spent my time retaking the GRE, continuing to work on my research teams (I have done research since my sophomore year in college), working on an independent research project, and getting clinical experience as a Psychiatric Technician in a Mental Health Facility. Now that it's time to reapply, I need to build some back-up master's degree programs into my plan that **ultimately** are advantageous to getting me to my goal of becoming a Clinical Psychologist. I figured experimental programs would be good, but I don't really know where to begin. Basically, should I not get into a program again, I want to take the master's then PhD route. Here are my questions: 1. If you were in a scenario like me, how did you handle reapplying? 2. What master's programs look best to PhD clinical programs in terms of rigor and research training? (e.g., experimental) Do any programs in particular come to mind? 3. Any other advice?? Thank you, and good luck to you all!
  5. Hello! I was just wondering if anyone would be interested in giving some feedback on my purpose statement? I'll be applying for a Master's degree in Computer Science in a month or so. Please PM me (or reply here) and I'll reply back with a PDF link.
  6. 2018 Cycle Applicants

    Hi everyone, I was looking through the anthropology forum and noticed that nobody had really started a thread where people who are applying for 2018 cycle can get together to discuss schools, questions, and whatnot! We could start by listing our background, research interests, desired programs, and type (PhD or MA/MS) I'll start off and comment below. Cheers to the 2018 cycle, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
  7. Fall 18 applicants OR/ISE/MSE

    Hi Everyone! Saw a very informative thread with some active discussion for Fall 17 (link above) so thought I should replicate it for Fall 18. Lets get to know each other better!
  8. Profile Evaluation MS in CS

    Grad degree aim: MS in Computer science in USAMy GRE scoresVerbal: 157 Quant: 164AWA: 5.0Undergraduation: B.Tech in Computer Science at PESIT, BangaloreUG CGPA: 9.83 (Topper 9.91)Field of interest: Algorithms, Networking, Cloud securityInternships: 1) UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN Partitioned Linux Containers based on Principle of Least Privilege and Principle of Privilege Separation. Achieved size reduction of around 96% in nginx Docker image, 87% in python image and 60% in appcontainers/mediawiki 2) PES UNIVERSITY Predicted perpetrator of terrorist attack based on target type, weapon type. Executed C4.5 and Factor Analysis of Mixed Data algorithms to analyze accuracy and achieved highest accuracy rate of 85% consistently in Scalable Vector Machines 3) MICROSOFT MOBILE INNOVATION LAB Developed a statistical web-based model using R that displayed a Steam Graph to represent the rate of severity of diseases in rural areas of India • Obtained an accuracy of 87% consistently in the rate of prediction Conferences and presentations1) INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR ADVANCES IN COMPUTING, COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATICS Presented poster on “Terrorism Analytics: To predict the perpetrator of a terrorist attack” 2)GRACE HOPPER CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN COMPUTING Presented poster on “Data Leakage detection using Cloud Computing” Achievements : • Recipient of Google Grace Hopper Scholarship for Women in Computing • Deloitte Cyber Threat Collegiate competition first runner-up • Microsoft Imagine Cup top 10 pitches • Smart India Hackathon Innovation Award • Rank 2 at ACM Intercollegiate Programming Competition 2015 Amritapuri Regionals Recommendations: 1 strong and 2 moderate.Please help me classify the following universities as safe, ambitious or moderate:1) University of Wisconsin Madison 2) University of Texas Austin3) University of Texas Arlington4) University of Southern California5) University of Massachusetts Amherst6) University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign7) University of California Los Angeles8) Purdue University9) Georgia Institute of Technology 10) Carnegie Mellon UniversityAny suggestions for universities are also welcome. Thanks a lot!!
  9. Hi everyone! I wanted to create this thread for (Fall 2017) MS operations research, industrial engineering, management science & engineering applicants to get to know each other a little better. Who else is applied this cycle? What are your research interests, and what are some of the schools that you're looking at? I applied to Columbia, MIT, Michigan, Stanford and Univ of Florida
  10. I will be applying for Masters (and possibly some PhDs) in Statistics for Fall of 2018. I was hoping to hear how competitive my profile is at some of my target schools. Stanford (MS) is my dream school, so I'm most interested in feedback there. I'm concerned about whether to retake the GRE, since the average listed score at Stanford is a perfect score (97%). Undergrad Institution: Top 5 Public Ivy (Ranking: ~top 30-35 nationally overall, roughly top 20 in stats) Cum GPA: 3.89 Major: Statistics (3.84*), Psychology (4.0*), both B.S. *Only explicitly includes stats/psych department classes, respectively. Excludes math, astronomy, physics, & related classes that counted towards my majors, which would likely bump up my stat GPA a bit. Type of Student: Domestic White Male (DWM) from the south. GRE: 167 (93%) Quant, 164 (94%) Verbal Research/Work Experience: ~1.5 years as a statistician at a large research company. Have worked on surveys / projects with institutions such as the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and other government bureaus. Project topics include criminology and victimization, drug usage, and general health. I presented at a large statistical conference recently (published a proceedings paper). I did some very minor research during my undergraduate classes. Awards/Recognition: Phi Beta Kappa. Dean's List GPA (3.5+) every semester. Inducted into Phi Sigma Pi Honors fraternity. Nominated for junior statistician award by coworker (winner not announced yet). Applying to: Statistics/Biostatistics, Masters (maybe PhD) Dream: Stanford (M.S.) - Statistics Reach: University of Chicago (M.S.) - Statistics** Harvard (M.S.) - Biostatistics** UC-Berkeley (M.A.) - Statistics Match: University of North Carolina (M.S.) - Biostatistics** University of Michigan (M.S.) - Statistics** NC State (M.S.) - Statistics (also looking at Advanced Analytics/Data Science) **May consider PhD, depending on how competitive I am at program
  11. Hey! Thanks for reading; thank you more if you respond! As is the case with others, I don't have a good sense of how competitive I am as a Stats MS applicant. I'm a bound by geography for the next year. So if I apply this year, it'll only be to UC Berkeley and Stanford. If I wait a year, I'll apply more broadly. Right now, I'm not expecting that I'll get in to either of the schools in the bay. But I want to get a better sense of the sort of chance I have. Hence the post! Would rather get honest feedback - don't want to waste my time / effort. Main concern is that I let my senior year math classes slide - nice string of B's in some relevant courses... Undergrad Institution: Top 30 US University Major(s): Math, Economics GPA: 3.7 Type of Student: US Citizen; White Male GRE General Test: Q: 170; V: 161; W: 4.0 Academic Research Experience: Honors Thesis - won prize for top thesis in economics Undergraduate Research Fellow - worked with prof on his research Co-authored and published paper in a 2nd tier general Economics journal (also presented it in poster session at AEA Meetings in 2015) Work Experience: Have been working in economic consulting for 4 years. Program in SAS, Stata, Python every day. Have extensive experience with applied microeconomics and econometrics. Courses: Math: Multivariable Calculus (A-); Linear Algebra (A-); Real Analysis (B+); Abstract Algebra (A); Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry (A); Differential Equations (B); Probability (B); Mathematical Statistics (B); Numerical Analysis (B)Economics: Honors Thesis (A); Microeconomic Theory (A); Macroeconomic Theory – Honors (A); Econometrics (A); International Finance (A); Monetary Policy and Theory (A-); Economic Growth and Development (A-) Letters of Recommendation: Somewhat up in the air. Definitely: 1 prof and 1 rec from an economist I work for - both will be solid recs. Have a couple other options for third letter: economist at ECB I did research for or one of a couple other economists that I work with. All will be solid recs.
  12. I have 4 offers for MA in International Affairs, and I am leaning towards the NYU program(s), because NY! The schools I have been admitted to are as follows: Middelbury Institute of International Studies in Monterrey, CA; NYU - GSAS International Relations; UW-Madison; and Penn State School of International Affairs. I am currently in the process of applying to NYU MS in Global Affairs too. Here's the deal, I am hoping to join in the Spring as I am currently enrolled in a program that is entirely focused on political science although it's supposed to be an International Affairs program. What I would like to do is get into a program that is strong enough and reputable within the industry as I go back to work. The reason I am applying to NYU's MS in Global Affairs is that it is designed for professionals (it's part of the school of professional studies). Can anyone recommend this program and say that beyond doubt it is the best program for me? Is it really that different from the GSAS IR program? Also, Penn State have by far the best financial aid offer for me - the Global Affairs program does not look promising on financial aid though. I am having the hardest time deciding, and would love to have some input from you guys, especially someone who has gone to either one of these programs. Thank you
  13. Hi everyone, I am about to go to the US for a masters in chemistry. My intention is to apply to a PhD program after my MS degree is awarded, but I was wondering about the possibility of working before continuing to a doctoral program. As an international student, what would be my chances of getting hired by any company? I know that companies try to avoid hiring foreign workers since the visa and/or residency permits are costly to obtain. But has anyone here been hired under these circumstances? How was your experience? Please share stories or comments that you consider to be useful for me and others in the same situation. Thanks
  14. I have strong interest in an academic career and since I received my BS in Chemistry I've been thinking about the next steps and trying not to screw up my best chances. Let me explain my background before moving to the actual question: I've graduated in Brazil from a medium-sized university that has a very small chemistry department, so I didn't have that vast experience in research as an undergraduate at a big institution. I have actually been involved in research since my sophomore year but I couldn't make any publications out of it (only presentations in small symposia and conferences). I studied in the US for one year as a scholarship recipient but it was more coursework than research. So basically I have two options: Apply to a PhD program in a small chemistry department, in which chances of being approved are at least real (I got accepted to such a program last year but I had to refuse). Apply to a master's program in a medium-sized university that offers a terminal M.S. degree, since departments with Ph.D. programs almost never accept students for a M.S.) so I can strengthen my CV and then apply to a Ph.D. at a top University The reason for all this doubtfulness is that the Ph.D. is the highest degree in academia and obtaining one from an unknown university or program might kill your chances of getting hired at a good company or institution in the future. What I still don't know is that if an MS degree would be a plus when applying to a doctoral program later (I would try my best to come out of the master's with publications and conferences of course). Is my reasoning correct? And if it is, which option should I consider? Ps: My GRE scores are Q-154 (56%), V-160 (86%), AW 3.0 (18%) and 113/120 in the TOEFL score. My undergraduate GPA is not that high (around 3.1 general and 3.6 for chemistry) but I have good recommendation letters, although they are from faculty members at my university in Brazil. Is it possible to be admitted to any PhD programs with those scores? Of course I know that a top 100 program is out of question, but what about the smaller ones?
  15. Applying for Masters in Computer Science Fall 2018 Profile: Education: IIT Bombay Computer Science B.Tech 2014 CPI: 7.1 TOEFL: 110 GRE: 316 (I am trying again for a better score) ( 149 VR + 163 Q + 4 AW) Research: A Btech project in compilers LOR: 1 from BTP guide (strong) 1 from college prof (decent) 1 from CTO (strong) Work ex: 1 year in Samsung Electronics, Noida as a software developer 1 year in Amazon Bangalore as a software developer Currently working for 1+ years as a senior developer in Rivigo, a startup in Gurgaon I will be applying for a generic masters program and hope to find a univ with strong research culture. Please suggest me some universities
  16. Hello, I have been awarded the Fulbright Student Award (up to $35k for first year of Master's in the US) and at the end of the week I have to send the list of universities I prefer applying to. My problem is that I don't know how competitive I am and thus how high I should aim in selecting universities. Qualifications I have obtained a BS in Computer Science from one of (if not the) best universities in my country (Romania): University of Bucharest. I have about 1.5 of work experience as a Data Scientist (at Adobe Romania, then at Bitdefender). Unfortunately I have no pure research experience, let alone publications. My stats: GPA: 3.85 (converted from 9.6/10) undergrad GRE*: ~160Q, 167+V, 5.0A (estimated from latest practice tests) TOEFL: ~110 (estimated from latest practice tests) Personal Statement Study Objectives CV / Resume Letters of Recommendation: I can provide them if someone is really interested in reading them *I haven't taken the GRE yet because at the end, I should provide the list of schools I want to my scores sent to and that is precisely why I am here — I haven't settled on the schools yet. School Selection I want to pursue a research-oriented Master's of Science program in Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning / Data Science. I do not have a requirement for a sub-field (NLP / CV / DM / IR). Interdisciplinary opportunities (HCI / Data Visualization / Social Computing) would be a great bonus. University preferences, in this order: CMU UW Stanford Cornell Georgia Tech These preferences are based almost exclusively on the high university rankings (taken mostly from here) and the presence of strong ML faculty. I do not want to fool myself into thinking I can get into even one of these top schools. I would be very grateful if I could get some advice / evaluation on where I stand, what my chances are and what is the approximate range of schools I am competitive for — what I should realistically aim for. Also any advice on what I am lacking / I can improve is greatly appreciated. Notes: because my application process will be partly handled by the Institute of International Education, I cannot customize my essays for each university. Also I am limited to five schools to send my application to. The scholarship is offered for pursuing a Master's Degree only. Thank you!
  17. Good morning all, I'm looking at Liberty University to continue on the road to a Masters in History. The program (if I attend) will be online, but it is primarily a residential campus department. I'm also looking at the fact that they offer internships at quite a few places (including D.C.), which is something I would like to exploit. I should be able to complete the Masters in roughly two years (give or take), which would be great because I'll be discharged from the military shortly after that. My question to all of you, do you feel this program would stand up to scrutiny when compared to SNHU's or ASU's online Master's programs? NOTE: I realize there is a conservative Christian component to this school, but that doesn't bother me as I'm pretty religious (not an creationists). If you have a problem with their policies regarding freedom of religion, or toward LGBTQ, or whatever... I respect that, but please don't respond. My question is in regards to their History program, and not their ideological and political stance. Thank you all!
  18. This is my first time posting so here it goes: I'm hoping to apply to graduate school next cycle (2018, entering fall 2019) and I've started the process of looking at graduate schools for public policy. This will be my second year of working since undergraduate, and I think after three years of solid work, I'll be ready to take the next step. My GPA in undergrad over all was a 3.64 and I graduated with distinction. My degree was an Interdisciplinary program involving Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Some of my coursework involved calculus, statistics, research methods, and advanced microeconomics. I have not taken the GRE yet, but I intend to in the spring or summer of 2018. I worked for a disability protection and advocacy group my entire senior year of college, and now I currently work for a non-profit research group focusing on public health issues. I know that healthcare policy is my area of interest, with particular focus in areas such as Medicaid, rural health systems/access, and mental health treatment. I do have other tangential interests, such as juvenile justice and opioid addiction, but they are not my primary areas of focus at work. When I've evaluated schools, I have looked at general requirements, the type of jobs that graduates get, and the centers offered by the program. Additionally I look at the price and funding opportunities, along with the location. I'll be honest, I've moved around in my life, so the idea of finding a school and staying in that state (or at least in the region) is very appealing to me. Being a native of the Midwest and then attending school in the South, I have a certain proclivity to those areas, though I currently live in DC (I wouldn't want to attend school here though). Some schools that have caught my eye are the following: 1. University of Minnesota (Humphrey) 2. University of Wisconsin (LaFollette) 3. Duke (Sanford) 4. Carnegie Mellon (Heinz) 5. Georgia State University 6. Georgia Tech University I'm open to other suggestions and thoughts about the schools above, but I am most interested in what else I should think about when evaluating a program and what type of questions I should be asking. Any advice would be appreciated, since I know all of you are quite thoughtful! If you need me to clarify anything, please let me know.
  19. Hello everyone, I'm attempting to apply to graduate school again....:( I would like some feed backs so I know how to prepare. Has anyone applied to a school that does not require prerequisites or if they require them, it's not necessary to have a lot completed. I really want to apply for Fall of 2018 but it's so disheartening when I read that you need prerequisites to get in. I've already earned my first BA and I am going to school right now trying to fulfill the prerequisites. I'm willing to move out of state if need be. I'm just super ready to get into graduate school so I can hurry up with starting the career I want to do. Anyone has any wise recommendations? Thank you <3
  20. Hi, I'll complete my Master's in the upcoming summer and plan to apply for MS/PhD for Fall 2018. Just had a doubt . Are there any schools, specifically in the domain of engineering, which consider rejected or waitlisted candidates automatically for an admission to their Master's programme without having to re-apply? Also, if true, are such applicants treated any differently or evaluated on different criteria than those applying for a regualar Master's degree? Shreyansh
  21. Hi all, I'm a third-year studying literature at a lower-tier UC, and I'm thinking about grad school, though frankly I'm a little lost, so I'd appreciate some input from those more experienced. I'd like to get a terminal MA both because I'm too lost -- meaning, I don't know what I want to specialize in, what my research strengths are, or even if I'm cut out to spend years of my life spending lit. -- and because I'd like to teach community college or maybe high school. Of course, I'd like to do it without accruing too much debt, too. But my questions are as follows: -- I've just started my third-year, though I still don't really have a focus; part of that is because I haven't been diligent in doing my own, independent study of the history of literature and literary theory, so I don't have a comprehensive understanding of different movements (e.g. I know, in a couple of sentences, what the Frankfurt School is, but not in any depth). How should I go about...well, finding an interest, especially so that I can do some independent research before grad school? This isn't to say I haven't found anything interesting -- rather, everything seems interesting to some extent, and I'm a bit overwhelmed, unguided. My coursework has been in a bunch of different subfields, so i have a shallow understanding of many things. -- Secondly, I've perused this forum and found a thread or two on terminal MAs. The upshots: go only if you have funding, there aren't many funded MAs, and choose a city that you like. Besides that, any recommendations on programs? One problem I seem to be having is that I'm not sure whether I'm a competitive candidate for a lot of programs, say Georgetown, because most MA programs don't post data like they do for undergrad (comprehensive freshman profile w/ SAT scores, GPA, etc.). Could anyone give me basic stats to give me an idea? Furthermore, it's hard to identify "fit" when I don't have a solid research interest. -- Thirdly, what exactly are the most important criteria for admission? My understanding is... Fit > previous research experience > letters of rec > personal statement > GPA > GRE > Extracurriculars > Misc. Currently, I don't have any research exp., but I do have a high GPA and pretty good extracurricular experience in journalism. But what does it take, for example, to get funded at Georgetown MA? What about SF State's MA? Thanks!
  22. GRE scores for PhD in Chemistry

    Hey guys, I have a strong interest in the academia and since I received my BS in Chemistry I've been thinking about the next steps and trying not to screw up my best chances. Let me explain my background before moving to the actual question: I've graduated in Brazil from a medium-sized university that has a very small chemistry department, so I didn't have that vast experience in research as an undergraduate at a big institution. I have actually been involved in research but I couldn't make any publications out of it (only presentations in small symposia and conferences). I studied in the US for one year as a scholarship winner but it was more coursework than research. My GRE scores are Quantitative-154, Verbal-160, AW-3.0) and I earned a 113/120 in the TOEFL score. My undergraduate GPA is not that high but I have good recommendation letters, although they are from faculty members at my university in Brazil. So basically I have two options: Apply to a PhD program in a small chemistry department, in which chances of being approved are real (I got accepted to such a program last year but I had to refuse). Apply to a master's program in a medium-sized university that offers a terminal M.S. degree, since departments with Ph.D. programs almost never accept students for a M.S.) so I can strengthen my CV and then apply to a Ph.D. at a top University The reason for all this doubtfulness is that the Ph.D. is the highest degree in academia and obtaining one from an unknown university or program might kill your chances of getting hired at a good company or institution. What I still don't know is that if an MS degree would be a plus when applying to a doctoral program later (I would try my best to come out of the master's with publications and conferences of course). Is my reasoning correct? Should I consider retaking the GRE? Is it likely that I would be accepted into a decent PhD program with that score?
  23. Apologies if this has already been a topic in the past! I have 11+ years of real-world experience working with families and youth. I began working for non-profit organizations working with families and youth in a variety of capacities. I began to climb the leadership ladder at a young age and moved on to become a coordinator and a director in multiple non profits. I moved around to different types of family-youth non profits because I wanted more experience in different settings. I am currently wrapping up 3 years in Peru working for an NGO which provides social service programs to families and youth in an under developed region. I speak spanish and have had the opporitunity to learn and understand the community much more than I ever could in a classroom setting.That being said, I have recently realized my passion for working with families and youth, more specifically in a counseling setting. I hope to one day become a MFT or LPCC with a focus on developmental/child psychology + latinx population . Maybe one day following a PhD/PsyD route if my interests guide me in that direction. Unfortunately, as I begin my quest for finding a masters program that meet my interests I see that my previous education is not very helpful for applying to programs: -As I was entering my university program (B.S in Business admin/project management) at 18 years of age I was not sure what my passion was yet, let alone what my skills/capacities were -I was unprepared and had a lot going on in my personal life, thus leading to a poor graduating GPA. -I had taken a handful of psych 101 and early childhood development courses however I do not think my grades at that time are reflective of what I understand at my age and maturity now. Question: This process is intimidating! I was hoping someone in the field or "in-progress" could give me an idea for how useful my work experience will be upon admissions. Of course applications ask for more than school transcripts, like letters of recommendation, GRE scores, letters of intent etc.. But with low grades from my B.S and few psych courses on my transcript, I fear it will be challenging to find a decent program that will accept me. I want to strive for a challenging program as I feel my real work experience has given me the tools and context in which courses will be taught. Thank you in advance for any feedback or suggestions!
  24. Hi can anybody please evaluate my SOP here? It is quite long and I am unable to cut short it. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you so much! draft1.pdf
  25. Hey: I was hoping to get some help... I am interested in getting my Masters in Art History, and I am not sure if that is the right program for me. Is it possible for people to comment, to give me some advice? If it works better for you, you can message me through the blog/ forum. I have my Bachelors in Women's Studies, with minors in Philosophy and Sociology, and I am hoping to start a career as a Curator. I am not sure what that all entails, but I basically want to work in a Museum and teach people about art, that has some type of political significance, specifically art that pertains to feminism and gender issues. I not only want to teach people about the art (in a Museum setting), but I also want to understand the art, and its historical context. It would be a bonus if I can fix or restore the art as well.. Unless that is a separate career. All useful advice is appreciated. I am hoping to move to Boston, MA (Boston University), to get the degree - they have Museums out there as well, and New York is out of my price range in terms of the cost of living. I do not want to move to Philadelphia, since the only good school", that I am aware of out there is University of Philadelphia, and I do not have the GPA or interest in going to an Ivy League school. Thank you!