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First rejection today for my daughter. Sigh.
@intparent subject is psych, which I would have expected to be more artsy/casual, but gradcafe posts on the topic made me reconsider. Maybe conservative suit with a statement necklace? I want her to feel comfortable and confident with what she wears so she can focus on more important things!
DS is a CS major, who is being encouraged to go for a PhD by PhD students and faculty, and also has reason to think that he'd be offered quite lucrative employment if he opts for industry. He feels that the pressure of pursuing acceptance into a PhD program while at the same time traveling for job interviews would either burn him out or force him to do a poor job on one or both of the pursuits.
I think if he's uncertain about getting a PhD, then he should go work for at least a few years and allow the idea to develop more and explore it.
PhD students and faculty are almost always going to try and encourage a strong undergrad to get a PhD. That's really all that the vast majority of them know - by and large, they may have never worked in another industry before, so in their mindset the smart and capable go get PhDs and do research. But there are lots of other really rewarding and satisfying things that a smart, capable person can do besides that.