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  • Catholic University of America Department of Psychology
  • Psychology School
  • Washington
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

20 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"What are your research interests?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"What is your personal theory of suicide?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"Tell me some about yourself?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is my personal theory on why suicide occurs?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What is my personal theory on why suicide occurs? It was with Dr. Jobes and suicide is my research, so no worries" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read up on the research of Dr. Wagner and Dr. Jobes and had read several books on suicide including Joiner's book Why People Die By Suicide. I had not read Jobes' new book on CAMS yet." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I liked the campus, the students seemed nice, faculty seemed approachable. I like the Catholic atmosphere, but I have always gone to Catholic schools." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The program is 50/50 clinical and research and for me that is a bit too clinical. Also, the funding is not competitive with a lot of other schools." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I didn't realize just how expensive it was to live in DC or how weak the funding was until I visited." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall the interviews were good but it wasn't a great interview day. There were no activities other than the interviews whatsoever so my day was spent sitting in a waiting room for 6 hours talking with a current student and eating their food. It was alright, I learned a lot, but it didn't compare well with some of the other interview weekends I attended. The interviews were straight-forward and fair and I felt that I learned a lot about the program, but unfortunately it was all through the eyes of that one graduate student (who was amazingly helpful, don't get me wrong, but more diversity would have been nice). A campus tour would have been nice as well, but oh well." Report Response

Tour and Travel

How do you rank the facilities?

4 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$301-$400

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Hyatt Regency on Capital Hill

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/20/2007

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

5 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

10 out of 10

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