I'm going to be graduating in May with a bachelor's in psychology. I want to go into a Clinical Psych PhD program, but several professors that I have emailed basically told me there's no chance they would accept someone straight out of undergrad and I should try to work as a research assistant full time for a couple of years. From what I've seen, I can expect to earn no more than $30,000/year as a research assistant. For those of you who worked as a full time research assistant between undergrad and grad school, how did you make it work earning such a small salary? I'm going to try to work in a major city with a pretty high cost of living that's about an hour away from where my parents live, so I really would rather not live with my parents but if I had to I probably could. Is it possible to live off of a research assistant's salary?