Anita Posted December 31, 2009 Share Posted December 31, 2009 (edited) Do you know anyone, maybe yourself, who didn't get in anywhere? And what happened to them? Bonus points if their story resembles mine in any way. I'm applying to 15 programs, all in Social Psychology (most competitive among psyc subfields) which I'm not sure is a good antidote for the fact that my credentials are pretty uneven. For a lengthy summary, see my first post on this board (TLDR: foreign student, US degree, low-to-average GPA, probably lackluster recs, relying entirely on university funding, high GRE is only highlight). Now it's sinking in that the ~$2000 I invested in this whole application business may have been wasted. People applying to the same programs are getting interviews and whatnot, but I'm not hearing anything. Reality also kicked in: the economy, my lack of research exp, my grade in stats, gloomy employment prospects, etc. Lots of anxiety flying around here: what will people who know I'm applying think (especially people who've only known me as the superstar I was in high school), what will I tell them if I don't get in anywhere, do I stick around the States or go home, get a job and forget about the whole academic pipe dream, should I blow my savings on a year or two of world travel or something equally crazy, should I go into hiding in my home country for a couple years and do all the reading I've always wanted to do, then try again, how do I get research experience if I can't find an RA job stateside, yadda yadda yadda. And then there's the whole self-blame thing (should have worked harder, facebooked less, gone to office hours more often etc.). In summary, this is just a pretty bad time all around. Before this post devolves into more ranting, I just want to say I'd really appreciate stories and perspectives from you all. Oh and happy new year - hope everyone enjoys the fireworks show tonight PS: since this post is already lengthy and unfocused, I figured no one will be angered further if I make it even more so by posting my school list Maybe there's a social psychologist lurking here who has a thought or two. My research interests are close relationships and academic motivation. All these schools have at least one advisor whose research I'm fairly crazy about and who is taking new students. Dream schools are UWisc, UMich and Rochester.) U Missouri Columbia Northwestern SUNY Buffalo Mich State UMich Ann Arbor UNC Chapel Hill NYU TAMU Stony Brook U Wisc Madison Rochester Cornell Wayne UNC Greensboro Edited December 31, 2009 by Anita seadub 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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