Hi everyone, So things are not looking good for me this year. I'm wait-listed at 2 schools, but I don't want to rely on either of those so I feel its about time for me to start researching other options that will help me with future applications. I've spoken to several professors that know me very well, and none really seemed to know what was "wrong" with my application this time around that prevented me from being a more competitive candidate. I guess in some ways that is a good thing since it means I don't have any glaring weaknesses, but I'm the sort of person that just wants to know exactly what is wrong so I can work my butt off to fix it The one thing that has come up in conversation is that the VAST majority of my research has been in addictions when my primary area of interest is mood/emotion. That is simply because there are TONS of professors and job opportunities in my area for addictions research, but virtually none for depression. I've been searching online for RA jobs and talking to some grad students who are well-connected, which has given me a few possible leads, but not many. Those of you who are currently working full-time in RA positions, I'd appreciate any advice you have on how you came around to finding these spots. Most RA jobs seem to be internal hirings (at least around here) - that's how I have found all of my positions. Particularly if any of you work in mood/emotion labs that may be hiring new RAs over the next 3-6 months, I'd love it if you could PM me some more information about it. At this point I'm willing to go anywhere in the US if it means I'd get to work in a productive lab and ideally be able to collaborate on publications or presentations. I'll move into the lab, work all day, and spend my free time writing up posters if that's what it takes Seriously though, this is something I'm set on doing, so if it will put me in a better position to get accepted to a quality mood/emotion lab for grad school, I will find a way to make it work. Thanks for your time and suggestions everyone, I appreciate it.