CPSY 417 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Personal Development, Psychopathology

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Class 8: May 22
Pros and Cons of
Grad School
Pros:
Competitive
Personal development
Professional development
Stimulation
Postponing becoming a grown-up
Cons:
Money
Direct On
School
Life
Jobs
Stressful
How to go to
grad school
Comparing price, location, GPA requirement, test requirements,
percent of people who get in
Application price: application, sending test, travel to get to
interviews
Needed:
GPA, required tests such as GRE, personal statement,
interviews, recommendation
Timeline:
Letters of Recommendation: before leaving college
GRE Test: summer after junior (if fall 2020) or summer
after senior (if fall 2021)
Saving money: always, planning ahead so that can do travel
for interviews
Personal Statement: summer after junior (if fall 2020) or
summer after senior (if fall 2021), continuous edit
Application: 2-3 weeks before the deadline
Master’s Degree First
Low GPA (often cutoff is 3.0)
GRE scores need improvement
Minimal research/clinical experience
Uncertain career goals
Have not completed required coursework
Letters of Recommendation
Often takes time to develop rapport for faculty to be able to
write “strong” letters
Important Coursework
Statistics
Research methods
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