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    2018 Fall
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    Planetary Sciences
  1. Visiting School- What to Wear?

    Definitely bring a hat, scarf, and gloves if you'll be outside for a while the second day. Though we had 50s the last couple days, we got several inches of snow overnight and odds are that the end of January will also be pretty cold. One suggestion for comfy yet professional that I like are sweater-ish cardigans. They're warm and you can always slip it on after your plane ride and wear something more comfortable underneath, like a plain blouse.
  2. Unofficial Interview

    I've done this with a few of my POIs and have another one tomorrow. Make sure you know about what research they've been working on (look at topics of recently published papers). Prep both questions and answers. There are some great posts elsewhere that go into more details about what to say/ask in interviews, but at minimum think about what you'll say to: "Tell me about yourself." and "Do you have any questions?" I've been asked both of those in each informal interview. I found it also helped me to decide ahead of time what I wanted to get out of it, which for me was gauging the POI's advising style and what daily life would be like there. You want to make sure the conversation is more than just introducing yourself to each other, in my opinion. Best of luck!
  3. Let’s just TALK about it...

    I definitely get the fear that I'll be overlooked in favor of older applicants. I'm only 19 right now (and also a snowed in northeasterner, actually). I'm trying to convince myself that no one will really look at my age, but honestly I have no idea. I've also met with potential advisors at conferences and I really hope I didn't seem too young. But then again I've been on the young side of my peers for a while. Just anxious to start hearing back.
  4. I'm applying for Fall 2018 and I was wondering what people typically do the summer between undergrad and grad school. Most REUs (Research Experience for Undergraduates) and my school's research opportunities don't let graduating seniors apply, but there are still internships and a few other academic jobs I can apply for. There are non-academic jobs, too, of course. Depending on where I end up, I may also be able to start rad school earlier in the summer. I definitely want to be doing something, but I'm not sure what. Any suggestions or perspectives on this?