why the blog

Some of you might be wondering why I have this website and blog. Well, I’m here to tell you!

Over the years I have been solicited many times to give advice to undergraduates, high school students, and even other graduate students about applying to graduate school, post-graduate job searches, and trying to make the right choice. I’ve sat on more graduate student panels than I can even remember and spoken to numerous undergraduate classes about how to apply for graduate school and what to do during the gap year. One thing that stood clear from all these experiences was that everyone seemed to have the same sets of questions.

When should I start my application?

I’m not sure which program is right for me, should I just get a Master’s first to figure it out?

My GPA is kind of low, should I take classes to boost it before applying to graduate school?

When should I take the GRE?

I want to take a gap year, but I have no idea what to do!

I can’t decide between clinical and non-clinical. How do I decide?

I can’t decide between Master’s and PhD, what’s the difference?

How much of my life do I need to have figured out before I go to graduate school?

HOW on earth do I write the personal statement?

How should I prepare for graduate school interviews?

How do I write interest emails to professors I want to work with?

Wait, I can email professors BEFORE I apply to work with them?!

The list goes on…

So, I wanted to consolidate all my advice that I give to eager students, so students can have a resource to guide them through this all too confusing process of applying to graduate school, and more importantly, figure out what on earth post-college life is supposed to look like. And hopefully make these experiences more exciting and bearable.

This blog is most definitely NOT intended to be a place that has all the answers. I have never worked on an admissions committee, I am not a faculty member, and I don’t intend on being one. I am simply here to provide one student’s perspective on the whole process, and give suggestions based on what worked for me and others I know.

There are such scarce resources out there for students interested in applying to graduate school in psychology. Students have so many questions, and I’m here to try and answer as many of them as I can….or, at least, point them in a direction to be able to find the answer 🙂

So, if you’re an undergrad who has questions about what to do after you graduate, or maybe you’re in your senior year and you’ve already applied to graduate school but you need help deciding which program is right for you or how to prepare for interviews, feel free to email me or comment below, I’m happy to help!


  1. Hello, I am currently in the process of applying to masters programs my end goal is a phd in develop psych but my grades weren’t where I wanted them to be for that. My question is will admissions question my goals/direction if my masters is for counseling psychology I am doing it so that I can have a solid income before applying to phd programs and also to start saving money in case I relocate for the phd? Just so you know I don’t think the link to your email opens.

    1. Tanya says:

      Great question! I would say, if you’re interested in getting a PhD in Developmental Psych, then your masters should be in a closely related field. This means that if you want to go for a research-focused PhD program, then your masters should give you good research experience. If you want to go for a clinically-focused PhD program, then your masters should give you good clinical experience. I’d be happy to discuss this further – send me a message on my “contact me” page and I’ll email you back!

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