We'll, my pessimistic/realistic self was a little surprised when after only a week of turning in my app to schools I get a phone call from one of the professors I want to work with. I won't say who, and I won't say where (cryptic I know). We talked for about an hour and a half and this professor told me things I was little shocked to hear. Also, I scored an interview! I'll be flying out in February, so wish me luck! In the meantime, I'll impart what I've learned, because yes, I learned a lot from my phone conversation, some of which I don't know if I should even know.
1) GRE scores may not matter as much as I thought- fit with a professor for a clinical program really seems to matter a lot more.
2) If applying a more researchy school, stop talking about clinical stuff!
3) apparently, if you have a partner applying to the same school, a professor that wants you may put in a call to have your partner's application "seriously considered"
4) if you think you blew a phone interview- you may be wrong!
5) professors get drunk during a weekend of interviews. They don't expect you to. Graduate students get drunk, they expect you to as well.
6) being a minority works in you favor- and whatever, I'll take it.
This is all very vague I know, but I don't want to put anything in jeopardy or to be honest put anything out in the universe because I might not get into any schools.
Needless to say, a small part of me is squealing. I could actually become Dr. Cruz!