mindnspirit Posted January 22, 2014 Share Posted January 22, 2014 Hi everyone, I'd really like some other people's thoughts on this situation, as it's pretty strange to me. I've applied to social programs and so far have gotten flat out rejected or silent rejections (no interview invite). The latest of which was from the University of Pennsylvania. I was a bit confused yesterday because although people had been posting that all interview invitations had been sent, my POI at UPenn emailed me that morning to speak on the phone later that day. When we spoke, she basically asked me about the research I'm conducting now (senior honors thesis) in addition to what other interests I have. She also asked me about how I first became interested in psychology and how I was liking it, etc. It was at this point that she informed me that I had not been considered super competitive enough by UPenn to be invited for an interview, although she as a faculty member had expressed interest in me. Furthermore, she then informed me that she has recently decided to take on a professor position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this coming fall. Thus, she mentioned that she would still be taking on a graduate student (and that her current graduate students would be transferring to UIUC I believe), but she is still looking into the logistics of it. She basically mentioned that there is a slight possibility that I could work with her, but at UIUC. However, this would be a very strange and unorthodox process as I didn't even apply to UIUC, and that she would have to talk with the administration. But, she encouraged me to take a look at their website to see what I thought about the school and we can continue our correspondence. So has anyone been in this sort of position before? I'm just a bit overwhelmed at all of this right now, as I didn't look much into UIUC social because none of the faculty members had similar interests so I know next to nothing about their program or the area itself. Any advice, on any part of this? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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