manicc Posted September 30, 2010 Share Posted September 30, 2010 (edited) So here's my situation. I'm going to graduate this fall with a degree in Sociology. I haven't taken the GRE yet, but am planning on studying for it right after I graduate. I've had a few moments in school where I've realized that psych. fits a lot better to my interest than does soc. I took social psychology, and a prejudice class from the psych perspective (after previously having taken one from the soc. perspective. I'm incredibly interested in pursuing a degree in either IO or Organizational Behavior, working in an applied industry setting really excites me. I've been obsessively crawling over grad schools for the past month. I've realized that I'm not nearly ready to be done learning and have a strong intellectual curiosity that I want to satisfy, and have decided on a path that will lead me to a Phd. Now, I've had a few hiccups in school, namely getting a C in statistics a few years ago when I was still immature in college. I blew it on one of the tests. The thing is, I find stats quite easy and incredibly interesting, so I feel its not representative of how I should have performed in the class. Also, being very displeased with a teacher in soc. theory, I got a C. I butted heads with the teacher a lot, didn't respect their methods at all. My early college years weren't focused: I was immature and didn't pay attention to the long term path that I'm currently very focused on. All done and said, these are just excuses that don't matter. What does, is that I have a cum. GPA right now of 3.34, but am working hard this semester (I'm taking 21 credits) to bump this, and I hope to grind it up to the 3.5 range, but I should at least be able to make 3.4. Speaking to my thesis advisor about entering grad schools, about my anxieties towards the competitiveness of all these programs, she told me not to worry. Having a pretty good relationship with her, she loves my thesis and is really encouraging me to pursue top-ten schools, assuring me that all my professors will help me along the way and write excellent letters of recommendation. While their support certainly helps boost my confidence, I'm still deflated. While I'm a pretty good test taker and am not worried about the GRE, my lack of a stellar GPA coupled with my lack of research, the lack of a strong psych. background seems to basically make me a 0 % chance applicant for any Phd programs. So, would any attempt be completely fruitless in applying to IO or Organizational Behavior grad schools? Edited September 30, 2010 by manicc Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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