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  1. Disheartened

    Hi there, I am new, and I apologize in advance for breaking any conventions in bloggery/forum posts, etc. I applied to two PhD programs in Clinical Psychology, both of which are very competitive. I am in an awkward position- one part of me "feels" I have what it takes to be an outstanding Clinical Scientist. The other side of me is discouraged. I do not have a great GPA nor GRE scores to make up for it-- so I decided upon submitting my applications that I probably will not hear back. ... And indeed, I have not. Profile: GPA: 3.29 (Institution within the Top 10 - US National University Ranking) Dean’s List: Fall 2011, Spring 2013 GRE: Q/V/W : 152/158/4.0 3 excellent letters of recommendation (including 1 from a PI I applied to work with) 6 research posters 1 first author & oral presentation at a leading scientific conference in the field of behavioral medicine 1 publication in a leading Obesity journal 5 years research experience combined (undergraduate + post-baccalaureate) B.A. Psychology, Biological Bases of Behavior (concentration) Spanish (minor) Fluent in 3 languages, 2 graduate-level classes -1 Undergraduate honors Thesis (I was overzealous in this project as an undergraduate student-- I took on too much and was sleep deprived during my last semester- Alas, the project was not where it needed to be in order to defend it. I am now working on an update of this project with my former mentor, and we plan to publish!) Very brief description of interests: I want to go to grad school so I can conduct interdisciplinary research and obtain clinical experience in the fields of stress/depression, eating disorders, obesity, addiction, and related psychopathology. I am so eager to contribute to the academic community and can see myself teaching, generating and disseminating clinical science, while gaining clinical skills and learning advanced statistical techniques for identifying predictors of treatment efficacy and multi-factorial processes through which complex conditions can worsen or improve. I am currently working at the Medical Center /Department of Psychiatry of my undergraduate institution, in a slightly different field than my undergraduate pursuits. I continue to be engaged in scientific inquiry, and I just know that this is the field I want to be in. when I look at my profile, I just cannot see how any admissions committee would even pick up the application. I emailed 2 PI's at each institution that I applied to, and I heard back from each when I first wrote them. They have not written back, and I am truly embarrassed that my PI recommended me and I wasn't even considered for an interview. (It looks like all invitations have been extended in both institutions). Any advice, encouragement, perspective, or opinions on my situation would be greatly appreciated. I think that my wonderful and over-sharing coworkers have heard enough of me, and so has my partner. Should I give up? Is it ridiculous for me to think that I have a chance? I just want to go to grad school and work with a mentor that is happy to have me and work with me. That's what I had in undergrad and I wish I could just extend that to gradschool. Sorry. I had to vent. the waiting game is eating me up. I welcome your thoughts/ideas -- please do not hesitate to be straight forward and honest. ps: I might add that I took a Medical Leave of Absence due to psychological/medical reasons in the middle of my undergraduate career. I returned after 1 year of treatment and was successful; I was asked to become a student ambassador for the Office of Student Returns, which was pretty sweet. In my applications I had to explain (NOT in my SOP, but in a separate document) what happened, and I did it in a brief, earnest and mature way. I can explain in more detail if needed.
  2. My undergrad thesis supervisor wants to bring me back as a PhD student (i went elsewhere for my msc). He's still waiting to hear if he is receiving funding or not which influenced whether he can bring me on again or not (but tells me I'm the only student arranged for this project and funding). However there still is a potential that he doesn't get funding (find out in july). I've found other professors with funding that are interested in me this week. Should I just wait to find out about funding from my old supervisor first but then risk the new potential supervisors finding other students? Is it appropriate to explain this to the new ones? What's my best plan of action?
  3. Twiddle your thumbs Binge-watch a show on Netflix / AmazonPrime / Hulu Check GradCafe once an hour Do distance searches on GoogleMaps between your current residence and each of your desired programs Find out when your desired programs' Admitted Students days are and check flight or drive options Get super invested in a video game (online or otherwise) Re-read the Harry Potter series (because of course we've all read it at least once) Take up knitting Take up jogging Take up mud wrestling Get a massage Buy a crossword or sudoku book and immerse yourself in words or numbers Make mix CDs or playlists, and really think about how songs can go together Buy a cheap musical instrument and teach yourself to play Spend quality time with a dog, whether it's a friend's, a neighbor's, a family member's, or your own Do the above with a cat and pretend it's reciprocal Make lists of favorites - favorite books, movies, TV shows, songs, albums, potato chips - and share them with friends Create spreadsheet inventories of your books and other media Do a serious top-to-bottom cleaning of your room / apartment / home Go to a local coffee shop for an hour a day and imagine yourself as someone from a different walk of life each time ... By no means an exhaustive list, and mostly tongue-in-cheek...but feel free to add to it!
  4. I had applied to a graduate program April 12th. The due date was April 15th. I received an email April 14th asking me to come in for an interview. I went to a group interview plus a one on one afterwards (April 21st). During the group interview and one on one interview I teared up and cried a bit. During the group interview after I had introduced myself and answered when did I know Teaching was for me. Two of the interviewers paused to delve into my topic of education as a means for a better life. They talked for like 5-10 minutes after my introduction. During my one on one. I cried yet again. Thinking about my childhood and how hard it was to do well when my parents didn't speak English and how I had to fill out my own lunch form. She told me not to apologize and that it only showed how passionate I am. The interviewer told me she couldn't tell me if i got in or not because it was a group decision. She said I have qualities that they are looking for and that I have early skills for a teacher. They said they would inform us if we had gotten in or not in a week. Tomorrow will be exactly a week. I am nervous because I haven't heard anything back yet. My friend had applied for the same school as I did but a different program. She said she got an acceptance 2 days after the interview. Even though they told her it would be a week. I am really nervous and really hope I get accepted. Any suggestions? Do you think I've been rejected since they are taking so long? I haven't been able to sleep well since the interview and I've been refreshing my email every hour hoping for an update.
  5. My top choice school - and now my last hope - has yet to send out any information regarding their decisions. Every online "admission status check" still says "Under review," etc.. However, this is a program that has an intended Summer 2017 program start, and today (April 21st) marks the beginning of the university's preregistration for summer classes. So, my question is: is it time to give up hope for this round of admissions?
  6. It's April 7th and I still haven't heard from UCLA. Is anyone on the same boat?
  7. So, I've applied to 3 programs this year (my second year doing so but my first year really understanding the process) and the first one chronologically was Northern Arizona University. NAU required everything turned in by early January. As of last week, I had not heard back from any of the three so I reached out. The other two had accepted another student and just hadn't sent any rejection letter (I've never received a rejection letter, to be fair). Northern Arizona's bio program coordinator responded to me Feb 6 saying my chosen advisor had no clue who they were going to accept. I called a week ago and the lady in the program said she would inform the coordinator and my advisor choice that I'm awaiting a decision and that they were "very behind". Nothing on here shows acceptances this year yet. Has anyone else had an issue like this or know if that means you're just in the reject pile but they're waiting to see if someone rejects an offer? Thanks!
  8. SLP in waiting

    Has anyone heard/know when we should hear from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Midwestern AZ and Midwestern IL? Thank you and good luck to everyone!
  9. I noticed that the previous thread was blocked, and even though it's rather late, I figured it was still worthwhile to start a new one! Where is everyone at with their admission statuses??
  10. Hi everyone! I'm an International Student. I applied to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts MFA Dramatic Writing Program from December 19th and I was told that notifications are sent out ANYTIME between MARCH 1st and APRIL frickin 15th! I am going crazy!!! It's almost the end of March and I haven't seen ANY applicants on this site with a decision for this program. In fact, I think one of the key committee members has been out of office for 1 week or so, with no "return date" in his automated email reply, so I don't know when he's expected back. I don't want to keep emailing admissions to annoy anyone, but this is ROUGH! At least with Brown University, they stuck to the date they gave (although it was just as long of a wait). At least they stuck to their date. Tisch, I don't know what's taking them so long... I mean... they have 1 month AND 15 days and I haven't seen ONE decision on the Results Search page... sigh... I'm also waiting on Boston U's MA Journalism which I was told would be out by next week.... but Tisch.... what is going on in that dept? Does anyone know? Thanks!
  11. UC Santa Cruz MA/C

    Hey! Curious if anyone out there applied for UC Santa Cruz's MA/C program for summer 2017? Let's wait together! I'd love to hear which credential you seek and what your application was like. It's only been one day since app's were due and I'm already so stressed!
  12. Got my first decision for grad school bacl today, and it's a big fat rejection. I applied for was Ph.D in Near East Languages and Civilizations (Egypt) at UChicago, which is the school I heard back from, Penn, Johns Hopkins, and Brown. Now, I thought February through March is when they send acceptance letters and letters saying you're on the wait list and then don't send rejections until late march through April. So does the fact that I recieved my rejection that quickly mean they thought I was extremely unqualified for the program? If that's the case, then I need to work on my back up plan for next year when the other rejections come in.
  13. Hi Everyone, I've received an email from a prof. in Columbia saying they were impressed with my credentials but since they cannot over commit, they are putting me on a "(short) waiting list" and I will be notified by April 15. My questions are: 1. Is there anyone else who was or you know of that was put on a waiting list and accepted? 2. What is the typical size of a waiting list? He says in parenthesis that it was short. 3. If I am accepted will I get funding? Is this a question I have to discuss at this phase or wait until after a notification? 4. What do I do now to increase my chances of acceptance? Thank you 0
  14. Teachers College Acceptances?

    I applied to the Applied Behavior Analysis program at Teachers College (Columbia University). Did anyone else apply to this program, or to any other one in the Health & Behavior Studies department? Did you hear back yet? Even if you didn't, let me know. Thanks!
  15. Has anyone else not heard back from any of the programs they applied to? I've been checking the results page on GradCafe, and some programs I applied to have sent out acceptances and waitlists, and even some rejections, but I haven't heard anyyyyything, which is driving me insane and increasing my levels of stress. is anyone else experiencing this? What does this mean?! what do we do!
  16. Haven't heard anything at all

    I applied to USC Health Behavior, UCSD/SDSU Public Health, and UCI Public Health but whenever I call they say they are still reviewing. It's essentially March and it seems kind of late to not hear anything at all. Should I just assume I'm rejected?
  17. Why do grad schools just insist on telling you absolutely nothing, even after first round rejections, after first round interviews, just leaving you in absolute limbo! I am so perturbed. (Also, is perturbed only in the vocab of someone who recently took the GRE; along with peripatetic and esoteric?)
  18. Hey guys i was going through the results and just saw that one person was accepted to the Harvard Graduate School of Arts &Science REECA program, did any one else her back anything? if You did not hear from the yet, does this result to a rejection letter? i'm just nervous waiting haha
  19. I applied back in November and got an email from in January that they reviewed my application and I need to update my resume to how they wanted it. A few days after that email I saw that people started receiving acceptances. I waited a few weeks and decided to call and ask about the time frame they expect all decisions to be made. They told me I should know by March 1st. It is now almost a day away and I still have not heard anything. Should I just count myself out of the running?
  20. MPH Canada Cycle Fall 2017

    Let's share our experience for the Fall 2017 cycle!
  21. So I've been wait listed at two schools I was very interested in Attending and this other one that wasn't my top choice but has a very good program(Big department, lots of research I'm interested in and lots of funding). I am wondering if I should just bite it and forget about those other guys who clearly didn't see value in me. I am leaving to hike across the continent in a month anyway I want to forget about it all and enjoy my life.
  22. Deposit to Secure spot..

    I was accepted into NYU MSW program, a mere two weeks after I submitted my application. NYU only gave me 4 weeks to accept or decline the offer. They ask for a non-refundable deposit of $300. I am still waiting to hear back from every single other school I've applied to. Can I pay the deposit, and later, perhaps, decide to go elsewhere? Will other schools know of my acceptance?
  23. Hi I am currently applying to School Psychology PhD programs. I had an interview at one school a month ago and at the time they told us we would find out 2 weeks later. It's been a month and still no response. I've emailed the head of admissions for the program a week ago and haven't gotten a response. After my interview I emailed professors who interviewed me personally and they had emailed me back. Should I email one of them asking when i'll find out my admissions decision or keep waiting?
  24. I had one interview down, spent 4 days in Florida, I have one more in GA. Most schools never got back to me. All went great exept i failed to answer some questions about my research(I hadn't slept in days and it was the first of 6 interviews with prof at the college). How is everyone else doing?