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8 Useful Tips!

Posted on December 12,2010 by jyalofmspp

It's that time of the year...application time! A time filled with tracking down professors for recommendation letters, writing essays, sitting in front of your blank computer screen, and making the decision to continue your education. Applying to a doctoral program can be is a stressful experience. It is completely do-able, however! I put together some tips that I hope you can find useful if you are considering embarking on the application process.

1) Don't be afraid to get in contact with people who attend MSPP. Although it might seem intimidating, it is definitely worth it! While it can be great to speak with alumni as well, it may be most helpful to talk to someone who can tell you about new developments in the program, general information about the student body, and other information.

2) MSPP’s application involves more than one essay. Really take this time to let the school know about you and what you can offer. The questions are unique and may seem daunting at first. However, this format shows that MSPP is truly interested in learning about you.

3) Check out http://www.studentdoctor.net/. It is a helpful site that provides an open forum for doctoral students ( and future doctoral students) to communicate about the experience of applying. It offers information about different programs, as well.

4) Although I just recommended that you contact others and converse, it’s also really important to visit MSPP first. You may find you have a completely different impression than the one you thought you had before when you read about it online, etc.

5) It can be difficult to find people to write you a great recommendation letter. Don’t find yourself scrambling at the last moment by making an effort to talk to professors. Also get involved in some form of research, clinical, or volunteer work earlier than your senior year (unless you plan on applying to a program after taking time off).

6) After you write your essays for the application, have somebody whose writing abilities you trust look over your work. They may catch some small error you overlooked (like copy-pasting a previous essay and having the name of the other school in the new essay).

7) Consider the location of the program. Will you be able to live far from family? Close? Endure long winters? Live near a city? Although the academic aspect of MSPP is extremely important, if you really can’t see yourself living in a specific location, don’t ignore that feeling. You will be starting an intense program and it’s super important to have support and feel comfortable in your environment.

8) Last but not least, breathe. If you don’t get in this year, there are always things you can do to bulk up your resume. Try volunteering, working, or applying for a master’s program.

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The Importance of Time Management

Posted on November 28,2010 by jyalofmspp

When I was in high school, my dad would often pass by my bedroom and make a comment along the lines of, "Your room is kind of messy. Is there something going on that is upsetting you?" I remember thinking about his observation, but ultimately brushing it off and telling him I just had a lot going on and didn't have time to clean.

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MSPP: Offering a Unique Opportunity for Students to Focus Their Studies

Posted on November 19,2010 by jyalofmspp

MSPP is unique in that it offers different concentrations, or tracks, that a student can choose to enter after their second year. Along with General Studies, MSPP offers Health, Forensic, Child, Adolescent and Family, and Latino Mental Health tracks. This can be a unique experience for the individual interested in directing their studies with a certain interest in mind. Personally, I am following the General Studies track because my areas of interest in the field are less directed at this point in time and more broad. I admire those students who are passionate about a certain kind of psychology, or interested in working with a specific population. I interviewed two students who are deciding to enter the Forensic Concentration and Health Concentration in order to better understand what lead them to focus their studies. The first interview conducted was with Meghan Welsh (Health), and the second was with Laura Polhamus ( Forensic). I hope to conduct interviews with students who are a part of the other concentrations mentioned in the near future. A special thank you to Meghan and Laura for their participation and informative responses!

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Utilizing Resources

Posted on November 11,2010 by jyalofmspp

I have found that MSPP fosters the kind of environment that encourages students to utilize various resources to obtain the support, guidance or information that they are seeking. I have heard horror stories of programs that simply forget about the student, and don’t make their needs a top priority. It simply takes a lax supervisor here, a competitive student environment there, and suddenly the school experience becomes a nightmare. Below, I’ve listed some valuable resources that MSPP offers.

Supervision: So important! If you find that you aren’t receiving proper supervision ( i.e., it occurs once every two weeks, or lasts about 15 minutes, or isn’t productive) then do speak up! This can mean talking to your supervisor directly about how your needs are not being met, or talk to the internship coordinator at MSPP.

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Interview With An Organizational Psychology Student

Posted on November 04,2010 by jyalofmspp

I had the pleasure of interviewing Caitlyn O'Loughlin, a first year full time organizational psychology student.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD

On Being Psychologically Minded

Posted on October 30,2010 by jyalofmspp

If you’re considering applying to MSPP's doctoral psychology program, consider this: how you think, view the world and interact with others will forever change. Like getting a tattoo, intensive educational training is, for the most part, permanent. I am finding that this kind of new curiosity is simply the next step in my journey to becoming a full-fledged psychologist, and is perfectly normal. By visiting this blog page, there is a strong possibility that you, too, are looking to learn more about psychology and are curious about human nature.

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Love The One You're With

Posted on October 21,2010 by jyalofmspp

I applied for my first internship experience in the second year of my master’s program. I was excited; I had visions of being placed at a college counseling site, meeting with clients who had a range of concerns, building rapport, etc. Possibly I’d have an office area, where I would put up posters of calming images…

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For the Commitment-Phobe

Posted on October 14,2010 by jyalofmspp

When you make the decision to attend a doctoral program you are embarking on a major commitment. It can be daunting; you are choosing to dedicate a part of your life to a career, deciding to take out an extensive amount of loan money, thinking about possibly relocating, and on and on…

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The Importance of Personal Therapy

Posted on October 05,2010 by jyalofmspp

If you are studying to be a psychologist, or thinking of becoming one, you may want to think about entering your own personal therapy. It is beneficial to both parties if you are able to identify your triggers, blind spots, and have an understanding of what it's like to be a client yourself.

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Testing and Numbers and Running, Oh My!

Posted on September 29,2010 by jyalofmspp

Some people have phobias. Phobias of spiders, snakes, airplanes. All reasonably understandable things to feel negative towards. Spiders and snakes can bite, planes can crash. I have a fear of numbers. I'm not diagnosed with numerophobia (fear of numbers, a real phobia!) and I don't feel the need to run out of the room if I glance and see the number "four" written on the board. I do, however, attempt to avoid math courses whenever possible. I'm not one to gravitate towards more structured, concrete subjects such as math (hence my fiction writing major and counseling degree).

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Tagged Clinical PsyD