Am I the only one who doesn't care about program rank?

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by Psychbird, Dec 14, 2005.

  1. Psychbird

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    It seems like everyone is worried about getting into the top programs. I just want to get in!
     
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    don't worry about rankings, but also, you shouldn't just want to "get in." make sure you get into a program where you are doing the sort of research you want to be doing and where you can be happy. it is VERY important. if you don't, take a couple of years off to work in a research environment.
     
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    That's what I meant - I have a very decided research interest that I want to pursue in grad school, and I've been going by match alone, not by rank. But it seems like everyone is so worried about getting into a top tier school... I don't see the point in that. I suppose if you want an academic career, but even then it seems like more trouble than it's worth. I just hope to get a good quality job and have research opportunities when I emerge.
     
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    good attitude. of course, there are lots of benefits to getting your graduate training at a "top tier" school, but if you work hard enough and are productive in grad school, it won't really matter where you came from.
     
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    I very much agree with these posts, although sometimes it does work out that the great matches with really exciting research interests that match your own are at the top places. I think you can get a great education and be very productive and competitive at any place, and you can slack off at a great school and miss out in your chance. It's more what you make of it.
     
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    Point well made joetro. I think it's also important to keep in mind that a person can go to a "top" school (or even a lower ranked school for that matter) and still have the cards stacked against him/her. If, for example, a student choses a "match" mentor that looks good on paper (e.g. prolific), one should keep in mind that perhaps this researcher may be less inclined to spend the time to personally invest in his/her students' future careers. The best defense is picking the brains of current mentors and grad students in order to find out which mentors will actually...well... mentor!
    Good luck everyone!
     
  7. Forensic M.S.

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    i could care less about the reputation. some of the most pretigious schools have horrible psych departments, i prefer a close relationship with faculty and fields of study that are what i want to study.

    i am staying away from big colleges.
     

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