emdreaming Posted October 25, 2019 Share Posted October 25, 2019 Hello! I’m not new to TGC, just created a new profile to protect the identity of my PI! So I would love some feedback. This will be my third cycle applying (woo). Last year I interviewed at two places, got accepted at one, and rejected at my dream school. I reached out to my PI for feedback and didn’t hear back for a few weeks so I was like ok I’ll just go to my backup school. Then! He emails me. I ignore it bc I’m like, I need to move on with my life. Then he emails again! So I’m like ok, I’ll respond. We have a chat on the phone, he says they accepted 2 students& I was number 3 (he didn’t accept a student). I tell him I accepted this offer from another school. He proposes I come work in his lab for a year, then reapply. He says he can’t guarantee anything, but would be shocked if I don’t get accepted. I tell him I can’t defer the other school. He’s like no pressure just putting it out there if you’re interested at all, please apply. So I apply. He accepts me, lets me make my own schedule, and offers me 50% more pay than I ask. I give up my position at the other school to come work in his lab. So now I’m working in his lab. I love it. But obviously still have to apply. Problem is, I legit don’t want to apply anywhere else. I’m geographically limited, and there are NO other programs in the area that have research overlaps. I could stretch to maybe one school, but it’s not really what I want to do/ it would be a tough argument to make in my SOP. So here’s the question: am I crazy to apply to ONE phd program? Is it absurd of me to trust him that much? He doesn’t owe me anything. A rockstar could apply. But I get along very well with everyone in the lab, I get along well with him, etc etc. I legit just have zero motivation to apply elsewhere. I love this lab and the work I’m doing and don’t want to settle. Additionally, I’ve been in contact with with the DCT at my dream school since I applied& we have good rapport and he’s been super helpful& responsive in some career planning stuff. Give it to me straight, TGC. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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