I am an undergraduate student, and I am not 100% sure what I want to do with my life, but I am sure it requires graduate school (hopefully a PhD). I will go over my ideas but first, a little about me:
-I go to a well-known psychology university where I study psychology and communication (double major) with a minor in sociology. In regards to psychology, I focus on clinical/community psychology (our school gives us the option to declare a concentration within the major) and in terms of communication, I focus on the health and interpersonal fields.
-I am taking a few classes (especially in sociology) that relate to law.
-I do research in both of my majors and am in honors programs within my departments and in the college of liberal arts and sciences.
-I have a leadership position within my school’s communication department, I am on my counseling center’s advisory committee, and I am involved in my school’s chapter of Psi Chi.
-I am a teeny bit involved in the arts (I work with a publication, I have been in student-directed plays, and I am directing the play Radium Girls next semester. I think I put this here so if you have any better suggestions for me based on my interests, you know more about me).
-I have yet to take the LSAT and GRE, but I am scheduled to take the GRE.
-My GPA is 3.89, which is pretty good, but if I absolutely need to I have at least another semester left to get it up.
-I am a first generation college student (in both undergrad and grad), which would explain why I am relatively clueless
My Possible Options/Experience I Have:
Clinical psychology (research and practice):
-This is, of course, where my research is (I am writing a thesis).
-I have an interest in this field and I am really interested in working with people with mental illnesses.
-I am just hoping I can find someone that can work with me (I understand that many of these programs are competitive).
Counseling psychology/Social Work:
-The former was my original dream but I am not sure how good I will be.
-I have been told that I pick up on counseling skills really well.
-I also have 80+ total hours of training in topics such as providing support for people who have been sexually assaulted, providing support to domestic violence survivors, running a support group for loved ones of people with mental illnesses, and many more related to special populations.
-Many of my interests and activities-mentioned or otherwise-involve working against certain social perceptions that sometimes give way to human rights violations and/or general discrimination.
-My internships probably also probably relate to this as they are within similar fields.
-My only qualm would be wondering if I am cut out for this field. I am better at writing so research is also something I might want to do.
-This is a long shot, probably, given that I do not have as much recent experience with debate (at least in terms of extracurricular activities) outside of high school.
-I have reason to believe that I was the top of my class in my argumentation class, and I have been told that I am good at composing arguments that not many people think of and that I am good at applying logic.
-I also got a really high A/A+ (professors don’t often differentiate when posting grades though I know my percent was at an A+) in my course on communicating public policy, which mostly involved writing.
-I have a human rights certificate from Columbia University (it is a program that requires us to take 4 courses, one of which is International Human Rights Law).
-I volunteer with organizations that work on a global and domestic level to combat human rights violations (I include this because it might be a specific interest within law).
Final notes: It is tempting for me to aim for Ivy League schools/other well-known schools (especially if mine doesn’t let me in for a PhD in, say, counseling psych), but I know that may not be realistic because it depends on what I am researching, and though I could see myself doing social psych (many of those schools offer it compared to clinical), it really does not interest me as much as the other psych fields listed above. Any advice would be appreciated and thank you so much for sticking through this post!