cantdecideatall Posted April 5, 2021 Share Posted April 5, 2021 Hi everyone, I am applying to grad school and I have gotten into a few places and I am waitlisted at another. My final choices are coming down to Davis, Irvine, and Scripps. I really need advice and would greatly appreciate any thoughts or ideas on the places. A worklife balance is important to me as is doing great research and getting a future set with good career options and development. I'll take any thoughts on all of this since I am hearing a million things and can't sort it all out. Davis- Genetics program. I love genetics, and I want to do research into genetics in the future. I liked the conversations with people I spoke to and they all seem so happy. I like the program, but it is not at caliber with the others. And it's far from where I want to be in SoCal. Irvine- Cancer Biology Program. Great program, I like a lot of researchers, cancer biology is where I want to end up, and they are really big in career development and getting you a great job out of grad school. They also are cheaper to live at with grad school housing and I need to try to save money. Only problem here, I haven't gotten in. I was waitlisted, and while I would like to end up here probably, I don't know if I will get in or if I'll here soon. Only ten days before the deadline. Scripps- Scripps doesn't have specialization programs which I have heard many times doesn't matter, but I still don't like the idea of that. They are focused on a lot of translational research and trying to find treatments while being able to avoid a lot of stupid things that universities make us do. I don't care for TAing and I wouldn't need to do that. Plus, we have access to clinical research and can get patient cell lines and other things easier. So for research, Scripps is great. The problem here is the life of grad students. SD is super expensive and the grad schools seem exhausted. They get 12 days off each year, and many are expected 60 or more hours a week working which seems like it's crazy. They just don't seem to enjoy science any more and that's really sad for me, since I love doing research. I don't want to dunk on it too much since it is a great program and great opportunities, but I am worried. So please if you have any advice/knowledge on this I would really really appreciate it. I can't decide what to do and I think I am leaning Scripps due to its research but I am not sure. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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