WHAT! Some universities give SPSS licenses away for free
To think I had to download some back alley virus-infected illegal Chinese version to do my dissertation. Wait ... I meant pay over a thousand dollars for the privilidge of one-year's worth of statistical analysis in accordance with the intellectual property laws of this great nation.
This is not the first time I have heard this advice. At one of my interviews the grad students were saying that they had to get used to the idea of "good enough" when it comes to grades.
Is this going to be hard for anyone else besides me? I am a typical Type-A person when it comes to grades (e.g., I just got a B+ which lowered my GPA .007 and I'm still not over it). My husband says he's going to buy me a plaque that says "Good is the enemy of great."
How do you stop working for the A's after all these years?
I applied to internship this year, and although sites certainly require your transcript as part of your application, I can't say that I've ever heard of it playing much of a role in the selection process. I imagine that a particularly bad grade may stand out, and the site may ask you about it at the interview, but I don't think it would be a make-or-break factor in getting an interview. (And if you have a good answer about why/how it happened, it probably won't be make-or-break in terms of getting the spot, either.) There was recent article in GradPsych about the factors that training directors at internship sites value most when evaluating a candidate (http://gradpsych.apags.org/mar07/internship.html)--basically the most important criteria are 1) Interviews, 2) Essays, and 3) Letters of Rec.Besides for the personal acheivement aspect, won't grades be a large factor when it comes to applying for competitive APA internships?
FYI - your link has a few extra characters on the end that need to be removed in order for it to work properly.I applied to internship this year, and although sites certainly require your transcript as part of your application, I can't say that I've ever heard of it playing much of a role in the selection process. I imagine that a particularly bad grade may stand out, and the site may ask you about it at the interview, but I don't think it would be a make-or-break factor in getting an interview. (And if you have a good answer about why/how it happened, it probably won't be make-or-break in terms of getting the spot, either.) There was recent article in GradPsych about the factors that training directors at internship sites value most when evaluating a candidate (http://gradpsych.apags.org/mar07/internship.html)--basically the most important criteria are 1) Interviews, 2) Essays, and 3) Letters of Rec.
This varies a lot by program. In my program, everyone is expected to be here and working on research and practicum as much as possible, even when classes are out. I work through the summer and through part of winter break. It feels more like a regular job than like school, in that sense. Although there's no official bank of "time off"-- I just ask my advisor if it's okay if I take off when I need to. I typically take off about 3 weeks per year.2) What are breaks like? ..Christmas, Summer..is it possible to go home right after finals or is there still stuff to do that can't be taken home with you?
I still have yet to make my way into one. Everyone keeps raving about it, so I really should get into town one of these days so I can check it out for myself.Great info. I miss Trader Joe. I use to live 10 minutes from one and I'd shop there every couple of days. GREAT fish, awesome niche products (no walmart-like products, but a ton of mom and pop products).
I was wondering whether graduate students would recommend living with other students from the program or not (I don't know anyone yet in my incoming class). I have heard that it can be great because you can help each other with work, as well as the obvious financial benefit. However, some people have also warned me that it is way too much time to spend with one person, since all your classes are also together, and that first-years often end up comparing and competing with each other. Personally, I enjoy having roomates but have heard from several people that it often doesn't work out well for incoming students that don't know each other yet to live together (i.e. the demands of the program interfere with the formation of a healthy friendship).
Along these lines....I would strongly encourage having a set of friends well outside the psych/soc area of study/work and outside of school. This is not to say that you shouldn't have psych/school friends, but it's easy to fall into the trap of talking about psych/school all the time when hanging out with psych/school friends. It's so refreshing to go out with friends and not talk about anything related to psych every once in a while On the downside, sometimes non-psych people will bring up stuff (ie: "so what's your diagnosis for Britney Spears??") or worse yet, bring up their own personal stuff when you're just out trying to relax and have a good time but hey, you're a psychologist in training, you can interpret this dream or at the very least listen to an extensive familial history of mental health issues.My first year, I lived with two geology graduate students. That was a nice break because there was no reason to talk shop with them when I was at home.
This works! This is actually how I handle my gambling trips....I put aside money for food, gambling, etc. Each day has an envelope for gambling/food....so I don't dip into other days. So if/when I win a bunch of money, it goes back in the envelope and I start back at my base amount the next day. Whatever my net is (if positive), the money goes towards incidentals or other expenses the next month.Old-fashioned budgeting
Whenever I have to make to do with little money, like at this moment, I like to allot money. At the beginning of each month I put money (in cash) aside (in separate enveloped) for telephone, public transport, petrol, living expenses.
I have a question for those of you in long distance relationships while in graduate school. My boyfriend and I have been dating for five years, and he will be at home in Chicago while I will be in Kansas for probably the next 5 years. I was just wondering if you are able to:
Probably....at least usually, though midterms, finals, comps, and research deadlines may bump some of that time.talk every night
No way. Unless he can travel and see you, don't expect to be leaving campus much outside of some time around the winter holidays, and MAYBE some time over the summer.see each other a couple times a month
Understand that you are going to be under a great deal more stress (typically), and that it will be a challenge.We have done the long distance thing once before when we started dating, and it obviously worked out fine. Any advice would be wonderful!
I have a question for those of you in long distance relationships while in graduate school. My boyfriend and I have been dating for five years, and he will be at home in Chicago while I will be in Kansas for probably the next 5 years. I was just wondering if you are able to talk every night/see eachother a couple times a month while there are a million other things going on in graduate school. We have done the long distance thing once before when we started dating, and it obviously worked out fine. Any advice would be wonderful!
First of all, great thread, thanks for all the input from everyone!Nurture a passion outside of school. Devote time to it. Devote financial resources to it.
After my first semester of grad school I needed to practice some WISC stuff, so I brought a kit home with me to practice on my little cousins. Who can say party time?!And yes, oftentimes when he comes to visit you will be working. And you'll quickly learn that breaks are not "breaks", breaks are "Time to get caught up on other work". For example, very few people leave for all of winter break. Any who do likely bring a substantial amount of work with them.
I pre-ordered it through Amazon. I'm excited to read it!Did anyone read "Surviving Graduate School in psychology"? its on the APA website and I was trying to decide if it is worth buying.
Edit: I just looked on Amazon and apparently it doesn't come out until April 15th (coincidence? I think not). So I think I might pick it up. Here's the description:
"... Kuther, a leading authority in professional and academic development, provides pragmatic, step-by-step advice for new graduate students on such essential topics as managing your money; adapting to unspoken rules; navigating departmental politics; understanding how and where learning takes place; maintaining personal and professional relationships, thriving in practicum and internships; and developing an identity as a psychologist."
Sounds like stuff I want to know!
Thanks for this post. I am already on a tight budget, my boyfriend and I share expenses but neither of us make that much money, and we live in a major city. Even so, I will be halving my paycheck by going to grad school. It's definitely daunting, because I already feel like we do all those things anyway, and it's still hard to make ends meet.My first semester syllabii had me reading 500+ pages a week - and that didn't include assignments, paper, presentations, etc. I openly admit this to anyone (including the professors): I got through less than half of it.
My #1 lesson of grad school - do what you need to get through it (no, bare minimum isn't good either)! I saw many friends/fellow students overextend themselves - and really suffered for it in the end (and didn't get ahead).
A major part of school was just time management, self-care, creating for yourself a life that you would model for your clients...
One big thing (for me) was major communication and adjusting with my bf (now husband). He learned very quickly that my needs changed: i.e. - he could not bother me during major work/study time; I needed him to share some major portion of chores (shopping, cooking, cleaning, pet care, etc); and that despite all efforts - I would be chronically stressed (at least for the first 4 years).
Food is good. I always had a stock of portable foods - apples, bananas, muffins, pretzels, crackers, dry cereal, leftovers. Most professors don't mind eating in class as long as it's not a distraction (crunchy, loud, messy). I discovered the George Foreman way too late - easy, fast - my fav's: quesadilla, grilled veggies, perogies, chicken. And, save $$$ on bottled H2O and invest in a Nalgene and Brita.
And remember to sleep. It is worth it.
I've read some great postings, so will attempt to talk about what not to do, of course everything that I did and really burned out prematurely.
1. Devote as much time as you could to reading, writing or preparing for each and every class. Accepting nothing less than excellence.
2. Not choosing to make outside friends from school.
3. Not attending to my spiritual needs.
4. Attempting with everything in me to get that A.
5. Not exercising regularly and instead drinking coffee and living at the library.
6. Never being satisfied with myself if I got a B or below a 3.5 for the qtr.
7. Choosing to eat out of convienience rather than with discipline, since everyone else is doing it and getting fat.
8. Not looking at the big picture and just enjoying the moment and the people and taking life, myself and the professors too seriously.
9. Not accepting that as bad as it can be at times, that it is only temporary and this too will pass-may not be soon enough though.
10. Choosing the endless papers to do instead of investing in those that want to invest in me, solid friends, family, a neighbor.
11. Choosing people to be in my groups that I knew would be as driven as I would be.
12. Lastly, taking myself and my education so stinkin', serious that i forget to smell the roses, forget to give of myself to others and try everything possible NOT to realize that grad school is a very self interested/self focused time and to make all attempts possible to keep people around me that can balance the stressors and will allow themselves to be fragile people, like myself.
13. Oh, and the best for last. Taking what people, professors said to me and about me to be the gospel. By the way, only I get that privilege and it gets lost so quickly in grad school!