Succeeding in Graduate School: The Career Guide for Psychology Students

By Steven Walfish; Allen K. Hess | Go to book overview

6
Perspectives on Applying
to Graduate School
Bill N. Kinder
Steven Walfish
Applying to graduate school is a long, arduous process involving numerous decisions and much tedious work, often with no information (or mixed information) from others regarding what direction to pursue next. In addition, it can be expensive, given fees necessary for applications, the GRE test, and transcripts, not to mention travel for interviews and long-distance telephone calls. This chapter is intended as a guide to make this a less confusing, more efficient, and hopefully more successful process. As we are limited in space to a chapter, we only stress the most important concepts. For a more in-depth look at the entire application process, consult the excellent texts by Keith-Spiegel and Wiederman (2000) and Mayne, Norcross, and Sayette (2000) and Getting In, published by the APA (1997).Before you begin these Herculean tasks, however, you must make the most critical decision of them all: “Do I really want to go to graduate school in psychology?”
INITIAL CONSIDERATIONS
The decision to attend graduate school will be among the most important ones you will make during your life. In addition to the questions of your ability to commit yourself to an inordinate amount of hard work, there are other considerations:
1. Are you willing to relocate?
2. Are you willing to live in relative poverty for several years?

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