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About TheScienceHoney

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  • Birthday August 23

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    Biology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, psychology, art, music
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
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    Biological Sciences
  1. What will you do if you get your first acceptance letter?

    -Probably scream -Call my parents, then my boyfriend, then my best friend -Post on social media, email my rec letter writers -Cry -I hadn't thought of taking a day off but I'm totally going to now, I've been working my ass off, I deserve it lol. Probably do some day drinking with friends to celebrate. Relax. Enjoy the happiness. -Then after that's all passed I'll actually look into accepting admission, the timeline I'll have, places to live, etc. All the practical stuff that comes with it I haven't gotten a single interview or acceptance yet. When my first rejection came, it was at 2 AM and I was awake and I definitely cried reading it. It's still gnawing at me.
  2. Let’s just TALK about it...

    Thank you!! Yeah I think it's just hard because it's the first one. I love your quote about winging it by the way <3
  3. What's your craziest backup plan?

    I've been looking at the average salaries for someone of my level/experience in an industry job and's looking real attractive if academia doesn't work out
  4. Let’s just TALK about it...

    Got my first rejection this morning. Really bummed about this one, it was my second choice and I was feeling good about my chances. Now I'm spiraling down the rabbit hole of panic thinking that I won't get accepted to any and I'm not ready to face that yet
  5. Let’s just TALK about it...

    Same!! Especially if I glance at it and it's clearly an email notification. Mini heart attack every time. And as far as the crazy expenses of applying to grad school goes...yeah it's kind of ridiculous. I spent around $800, which included taking the GRE, sending scores, sending transcripts, and application fees. I really wanted to apply to more than 5 schools but I literally could not afford it. I had to ask a family member for help paying my rent during the month I applied, and I still have to pay that back, plus student loans are a real b*tch. Ugh. Plus a lot of schools have a weird process with fee waivers and tax status. 2017 was the first year that I was not a dependent of my parents, and a lot of schools ask for 2016 tax info, where I was claimed as a dependent and would not have qualified for a waiver due to my parents' income (but I would have qualified had 2017 taxes been filed.) My parents were supportive of me applying to grad school, but they have two other kids in college right now and couldn't really afford to help me apply for a second degree. If I don't get in this round and have to do it over again, I will definitely be more proactive about directly asking for fee waivers. I think that had I asked departments directly instead of just applying for the waiver online I would have had a better chance of getting one. Lesson learned, for sure.
  6. Would it be inappropriate for me to reach out to a POI about something unrelated to my application? I had a Skype call with a POI at UC Santa Barbara back in November and email contact in the time since then (though not in the last month over the holidays.) She's my top choice for a lab/program and I think she was interested in me as well. I haven't heard anything about admissions yet but I'm not concerned at this point. However, I've seen in the news all the crazy stuff that has been happening there - the wildfires, mudslides, and winter storms. I kinda wanted to send an email to her and her research tech (whom I also had a fair amount of email contact with). Something like, "Hey, I've been reading the news about all of the things happening in SB right now, just wanted to reach out and pass along my concerns. Hope you are both doing well and staying safe if any of that is affecting you." or along those lines. Is this crossing a boundary? I'm not interested in asking her about my application status. I mean, of course I'm interested in it in general, but I don't want this email to be read as an inquiry into that. I'm genuinely concerned that they might have been affected. I'm just not sure if this is something I should reach out about.
  7. Extracurricular commitments?

    In undergrad I was a DJ at the college radio station and I had a weekly talk show about news in science and technology. I am really, really hoping this is something I can continue to do in grad school, though not every school has an active radio station. I was also super involved in theater and am hoping to be able to be at least minimally involved in something theater related, depending on how much time I have (even if it's just attending shows.) I think that it's important to have some activities that are a break from lab/research/classes/studying that still get you out and about to meet new people that might not be in your program.
  8. When to Inquire about Application Status?

    I feel ya! I have talked to faculty members at the university I currently work at and they told me to not start worrying until March, since some schools don't even begin sending out results until then. I think if it gets much past the second or so week of February and I still haven't heard back I will start to get a little anxious. I submitted one applications two months ago as of today - and still the only update I have received is that it went from "Submitted" to "Under Review". I assume that a lot of ad coms are just now starting to meet since the semester is probably just beginning at a lot of schools.
  9. Moving Somewhere New Alone

    I can sympathize. I have never lived more than two hours away from home, and have never gone more than a month without seeing my parents. Even though I live by myself now I am only 20 minutes away and still visit once a week. All of the places I applied are not only out of state, but at least a four hour flight away. I. Am. Terrified. I wish I had applied to somewhere closer to home but all the deadlines are closed. Since I've never had to deal with it I'm not sure how I'll handle not seeing my family that often. We only really grew close over this past year. I can take care of myself in any other regard, but I will probably get really homesick. I guess everyone has to deal with this at some point though, whether it's moving for school or for a job or whatever. I just wish it weren't so hard. We'll get through it
  10. Update Letters

    Hey all! I was chatting with a coworker of mine who is in the med school application process now. She was telling me that it's quite common for applicants to send update letters to their schools of interest during the waiting period between applications and interviews. I had never heard of this as it relates to graduate programs, and I was wondering if anyone had ever done it before. It's been around 2 months since I started submitting applications, and I do work a full-time research job. In those two months I have made significant progress on some of my projects as well as a second-author manuscript that I'm hoping to get submitted in the next month or so. I have not yet heard back from any POI or department admissions. I think that the research experience I have completed in the time since submitting my applications is important, especially as one of the projects was the first experiment that I had designed and carried out completely by myself (with mentor supervision of course, but I wasn't being told what to do, and had to do all the work myself.) Would it be worthwhile to send an update email to the POIs I had listed on some of my applications? It's all stuff that wasn't in my SOP or resume, but possibly important to my application (especially as my GRE scores and GPA are just barely at average for where I'm applying.)
  11. Let’s just TALK about it...

    Thank you for this thread. I feel like I constantly have to maintain this confidence that I will get in, get funding, and do amazing research, when I know that statistically, there's a small chance. I have been trying to distract myself with the holidays and watching all the Netflix shows/reading all the books I put off until after applications, but worrying about graduate school applications keeps me up at night. I've always had impostor syndrome pretty bad, but it's never been anything like this! I haven't heard back from any schools yet, but I'm not worried at this point because at least according to the results survey here not many people have heard back from the programs I applied to. I'm a little bit worried about impressing the programs I applied to because I have extensive research experience in medical microbiology but I am more interested in studying environmental microbiology. I was young and didn't really know what I wanted to do when I accepted the job I did as a research technician - I really didn't even know anything about the path to a PhD, or the different kinds of research experiences, or anything, really. I was originally planning to apply to medical school, however after shadowing doctors I decided I liked working in a lab a lot more, but I didn't want to quit my med micro job because I needed the money and I did enjoy it, as well as learn a lot and get four pubs out. It's just that I don't know a ton of hands-on stuff about environmental micro aside from an undergrad course or two so I worry that my research experience won't be seen as relevant. Ugh. Idk. I keep making excuses in my head for why places won't admit me but I need to stop because at this point, I don't know if they're admitting me or not! Just need to wait, focus on finishing the research I'm doing now, and be hopeful My GPA and GREs are all within the average range of the programs I applied to (or at least meet the minimum), I had two outstanding LORs and one very good one, four pubs with two as first author and another middle author publication on the way, have designed, carried out, analyzed, and refined my own experiments, presented posters of original work at conferences, oh and I totally played the LGBT diversity card in all my applications...I have no shame so hopefully at least one school thinks I am worthy of admission.
  12. When should I start to panic with no interview invite

    I haven't heard back from any program I applied to either, but looking at the results survey on the GradSchoolCafe website has made me feel better since only one person from one program at one school that I applied to has posted about getting an interview invite. I know that not everyone who gets an invite is on here but if I were seeing lots of results from programs I applied to I would start to worry. Hopefully we all start hearing back soon. I think if I don't hear anything by like, January 10 I will start to worry since that will have been two months since I submitted applications.
  13. Interview Notifications

    Try checking the results page: You can search for the university and program and see if anyone has posted results yet.
  14. 2018 Ford Predoctoral Fellowship

    Oh wow, this is the first time I'm hearing about this fellowship, I'm totally eligible. Will have to remember to apply next year as I don't think I can get all the materials ready and submitted in the next hour Good luck to everyone!
  15. How do you quell your expectations?

    Yeah, I applied to two schools that had app fees more than $100 (they were both UC schools- what a surprise), and the rest were between $75 and $90. My problem was I took the GRE months before I actually applied and wasted my free scores on schools I didn't end up applying to because my priorities changed (found professors at other universities I wanted to work with, learned more about programs that ended up deterring me, etc.) That's awesome that Vanderbilt didn't charge a fee for your program, they definitely had a fee for my program though, I think it was $95? So far I've spent around $750 on my application process and I haven't sent any official transcripts yet (I think my undergrad institution charges $15 per, but I took a single class at a community college so I have to pay the $15 fee to have that sent as well, ugh.) It's an expensive process, no doubt about that.