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Attending an open house/informational session

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by PsychBoxe, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. PsychBoxe

    PsychBoxe Postdoctoral Fellow
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    I am attending an open house at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and would like to know what I can personally do at that gathering that will help in the admissions process. I have already mailed in my admissions materials and I would like to further connect with the school to hopefully increase their awareness to my application. I have already been keeping steady contact with the head of admissions at MSPP, but would like to know what else I could do or say at the open house to present myself as a more academically attractive applicant.
     
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  3. WannaBeDrMe

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    Start out like you can hold out...

    Be yourself... because if you are accepted and choose the school, they are going to be seeing a lot of you.

    Trust your gut, mingle, try not to be socially awkward, ask thoughtful questions, actively listen, don't spend all your time planning your speech and forget to participate, general social skills are appreciated, dress well but comfortably, if you are too far out of your element, it will show

    Most of all, have fun! The people you meet at these interviews/open houses are your future colleagues!!
     
  4. phdpsyd

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    I agree with WannaBe, and the only thing I would add is that if you get a chance to speak with a professor, try to engage them in a meaningful conversation about the field, and about what MSPP has to offer (and make sure to do your research and not ask redundant questions that you can find the answers to on their website).
     

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