mike0982 Posted September 1, 2012 Share Posted September 1, 2012 Hello everybody! I’ve been lurking around here for a few months and something has come up recently that I’d like everyone’s thoughts on. I am a recently graduated biology major and I am currently still working in the lab where I did all of my undergraduate research in evolutionary genetics. My PI informed me that one of his friends (aka the PI that is my number 1 choice for grad school!) is coming in to town in a couple weeks to give a seminar and he asked if I would like some time to meet with her, so of course I said YES! After the excitement wore off it was replaced with some anxiety. You see, I recently decided that I want to take another year off before I go to grad school and just work some in the lab, TA, and hopefully get in some travel/relaxation time. I’m worried that, even though I’m really excited to potentially work for her, that she might think that since I’m waiting until next fall to apply that I’m not dedicated and thus, not an asset to her. So I guess I have a few questions for you all: 1. Should I just consider applying this fall (I have taken the GRE, have LORs lined up, and I have picked out the programs I’m interested in applying to, so it is feasible)? 2. For those that took more than one year off did you find it rewarding? How did you explain that this was the right choice for you in interviews or informal meetings? 3. When I meet with a potential advisor outside of an actual interview what questions should I be prepared to answer/what questions should I ask them? (Do you think she will expect me to have project ideas?) Thank you in advance for your input! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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