Hi all, I'm a newbie here..but after much searching found my way here and I think it'll become one of my favoriate resources for clinical information. I'm currently a 4th year student at a UC campus in California. I am a psychology major who is oh so confused I originally started at a junior college taking courses while working, and graduated from there with an AA, then went onto a 4 year university. When I transferred I had to declare a major and chose psychology because they were the only undergrad classes I actually liked (besides history but I realized early that jobs for history PhDs were limited so I crossed that out). I also thought I'd like to be a doctor so I went pre-med last year. Realized I HATED it! So now I'm back to psychology. When trying to determine what kind of psychology program I wanted to apply for I chose clinical because it gives me the option of private practice, teaching, or research. I've researched about 30 different Midwest schools I want to go to, including specific faculty research (such as picking professors from the schools to email, and downloading and reading their publications). I realized research experience was important so I started as an RA in a very highly respected research institute studying autism, fragile X, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. I also started an internship that involves observing and interacting with children with neurodevelopmental disorders. I also have another RA position on emotional development starting in the fall, and will be starting a senior thesis in September. I have a 3.9 overall GPA and approximately 3.95 psych GPA. I am currently studying for GREs to take in early October and subject in November. Now I'm freaked out because I read how terribly hard it is to get into a clinical program. I'm married and our future depends on me immediately getting into a school (we're planning on leaving our state because we hate it so much and going to Midwest). The work I am doing with autistic children is fascinating and so interesting, so I am contemplating applying to some developmental programs as backups (I have heard they are much easier to get into). At the same time I am now learning about something called "back door into clinical". I don't want to do this...if I got into a developmental program I would stick with that. Will it look horrible if I apply to 2 programs at the same school? If so should I just give up on the clinical idea and stick with only developmental programs? I am already limited to 30 schools in Midwest to apply to (costs of programs, fundings available, location, etc.) and don't want to jeopradize whatever chance I have. Sorry so long! Thanks to everyone in advance for replying.