Hey there y’all, I graduated back in 2015 with a degree in film and no intention of going to grad school. After being in the workforce for a couple of years now (post production), I find myself wanting to pursue a PhD in psychology. I am undecided on the specific field (debating between clinical and cognitive), but want to begin preparing as soon as possible. I graduated with a 3.43 GPA from a very good school but my only psych and stats classes were taken at the community college I transferred from. My current plan is to enroll in psychology classes at my local CC to gain a clearer picture of the area I’d like to pursue in addition to possibly finding research opportunities. Since I am also working full time, I’d like to save up enough money eventually to apply to a formal Post-Bacc program to further solidify my understanding and increase my competitiveness. The Berkeley Extension Program seems like a very attractive choice due to the reasonable cost and reputation, but the lack of integrated research opportunities makes me consider taking the Post-Bacc Program through the Psychology department instead. Does this all sound right? I never thought I’d be applying to grad school so I’ve been trying my best to learn as I go. If I were able to secure solid research experience while attending CC, could I forego the Post-Bacc program and apply directly for my PhD or are CC credits perceived as disreputable? Any and all insight is greatly appreciated. Thank you!