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20 hours ago, freckledgenes said:

Is anyone else going to the Prospective Genetic Counselors Symposium next weekend in Columbus? I would be interested in grabbing dinner or lunch or coffee with anyone else who is! Let me know!

I'm going! Driving from Indianapolis, planning on arriving around 4-5 on Friday afternoon. Would love to meet for dinner! Where is everyone staying? I've been seriously dragging my feet on making a hotel reservation. It's on my to do list today.

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34 minutes ago, jbv510 said:

I'm going! Driving from Indianapolis, planning on arriving around 4-5 on Friday afternoon. Would love to meet for dinner! Where is everyone staying? I've been seriously dragging my feet on making a hotel reservation. It's on my to do list today.

I'm flying so I'm staying at the Country Inn & Suites by the airport.

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5 hours ago, jbv510 said:

I'm going! Driving from Indianapolis, planning on arriving around 4-5 on Friday afternoon. Would love to meet for dinner! Where is everyone staying? I've been seriously dragging my feet on making a hotel reservation. It's on my to do list today.

I'm staying at the Red Roof Inn Columbus West Broad, which is a bit west of the city. Opposite end of where Nefelibata is staying, it looks like!

Any ideas on where we could get dinner Friday evening? I've not been to Columbus. I also do not mind a bit of driving nearer to where you all are staying!

 

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Just had my first day of volunteering with the two cancer GCs through the local cancer center. I'm super excited for the opportunity! I'll be going every week for 4 hours. I'll get to help with patient prep, drawing pedigrees, figuring out a better system for them to use, when there's appointments I will get to shadow, and then over small projects/administrative stuff that comes up. 

The one GC I've had the most contact with did mention that if everything goes well, she would be happy to write a LOR for me, so yay for that! And the new GC I just met today helped encourage me as she said she didn't get into a program the first time she applied either. So, all in all, a really great day GC wise :D

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22 minutes ago, GeneDawg said:

Looks like Boise state university submitted letter of intent/ Does anyone know when the program will be opening?

Ooh that's exciting. I used to live in the Salt Lake area and we visited Boise a lot, I really like the area. It's possible they'll be ready for Fall 2018 acceptance and if so I'll probably apply. But with how long a lot of those programs have been listed on the Letter of Intent list, it's unlikely they'll be ready for this cycle. 

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Hi everyone!

I'm new to the gradcafe, but I'll be applying for the Fall 2018 admission cycle!

I was hoping to get some advice from people who have applied before or anyone who just knows! I'm currently working on my personal statement, and I'm wondering whether it should be single or double spaced? A lot of the schools I'm applying to specify that it should be 1-2 pages, but they don't have any other guidelines. Is there a standard for this? 

Thanks in advance! 

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1 hour ago, Rosie414 said:

Hi everyone!

I'm new to the gradcafe, but I'll be applying for the Fall 2018 admission cycle!

I was hoping to get some advice from people who have applied before or anyone who just knows! I'm currently working on my personal statement, and I'm wondering whether it should be single or double spaced? A lot of the schools I'm applying to specify that it should be 1-2 pages, but they don't have any other guidelines. Is there a standard for this? 

Thanks in advance! 

Most prefer double spaced, but if it doesn't specify then you can use whatever you prefer. I submitted a single spaced to UTHealth last year cuz I needed the extra room 

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On 9/14/2017 at 0:38 PM, Rosie414 said:

Hi everyone!

I'm new to the gradcafe, but I'll be applying for the Fall 2018 admission cycle!

I was hoping to get some advice from people who have applied before or anyone who just knows! I'm currently working on my personal statement, and I'm wondering whether it should be single or double spaced? A lot of the schools I'm applying to specify that it should be 1-2 pages, but they don't have any other guidelines. Is there a standard for this? 

Thanks in advance! 

If it doesn't say, then I'd do single-spaced for the extra room.  All of the programs I submitted to last year specified.  Two of them were double-spaced essays, one was a single-spaced essay, and the other was a form where you had to answer the questions "in the space provided".

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Hi guys, 

So I applied to a few programs last year and got waitlisted for interviews in a couple places, but I am realizing I largely chose schools willy-nilly without much consideration. I am living in Chicago and my first choice is Northwestern for that reason and because I like the fact that their clinical rotations start early on, the quarter system, and the fact that they allow you to potentially complete clinical rotations over the summer abroad. Other than that, I don't really know how to best pick programs. I have since found that Boston also allows for rotations over the summer abroad, and starts clinical exposure relatively early on. Any recommendations on other programs that follow this trend/other things I should be considering?

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43 minutes ago, daisyhunter said:

Hi guys, 

So I applied to a few programs last year and got waitlisted for interviews in a couple places, but I am realizing I largely chose schools willy-nilly without much consideration. I am living in Chicago and my first choice is Northwestern for that reason and because I like the fact that their clinical rotations start early on, the quarter system, and the fact that they allow you to potentially complete clinical rotations over the summer abroad. Other than that, I don't really know how to best pick programs. I have since found that Boston also allows for rotations over the summer abroad, and starts clinical exposure relatively early on. Any recommendations on other programs that follow this trend/other things I should be considering?

I understand how you feel about Northwestern as that's how I'm feeling about the new Arizona program. I live in Tucson now and really love the area, went to UofA for undergrad and loved the school. I would really love to continue my graduate career here, plus in state. I also really like the director and when I meet with her next Monday I am going to ask more about rotations and more program specific questions. For me, the three biggest factors in choosing programs, both last year and this year, were 1. location 2. cost and 3. rotations. But to you, it looks like rotations and location are both important. I'd suggest looking into EVERY SCHOOL and reading up on their rotations. If they start early or mention the ability to go abroad, put it on your list. If you can't find that information, you can always shoot the program director a quick email asking. Let's hope that gives you more programs than you want to apply, then try to narrow down based on proximity to Chicago, if you need to narrow down even more than think about other factors you don't want, maybe you don't want to go to a newly accredited school, remove those, etc. Narrow down until you've got the number of programs you want to apply to and you're set :)

There's really no sure fire way to pick besides what your preferences are. Definitely reapply to schools you got waitlisted at if you're still interested! Those schools thought you already had the makings for a GC and anything you've done since applying to boost your app plus reapplying will definitely shine a good light on your application. Look into UW-Madison as that's still close to Chicago, both the schools in Indiana and maybe Ohio schools? I'm not sure how many you want to apply to, but that's just based on lcoation.

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12 hours ago, daisyhunter said:

Hi guys, 

So I applied to a few programs last year and got waitlisted for interviews in a couple places, but I am realizing I largely chose schools willy-nilly without much consideration. I am living in Chicago and my first choice is Northwestern for that reason and because I like the fact that their clinical rotations start early on, the quarter system, and the fact that they allow you to potentially complete clinical rotations over the summer abroad. Other than that, I don't really know how to best pick programs. I have since found that Boston also allows for rotations over the summer abroad, and starts clinical exposure relatively early on. Any recommendations on other programs that follow this trend/other things I should be considering?

Hi daisyhunter,

This was also me when I last applied. I am trying to choose which programs to apply to with more thought this time too. AspiringGC had some good points on what to consider; I'd also add that I am considering not only location, cost, and rotations, but also my learning style. What I mean by this is some programs have larger cohorts (Northwestern, Sarah Lawrence), whereas most of the others have smaller cohorts. Some have more online classes, or classes taken with medical students. For me, I know what type of environment is more conducive to my success, so I'm trying to consider that as well.

I was also advised not only to talk to program directors but also current and former students to get a sense of the "personality" of the program.

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Hey everyone!

Are you guys tailoring your personal statements to specific schools?  Obviously if the prompt asks why you want to go to that school in particular then we should, but if it doesn't, should we talk about specific things we like about that school or just keep it generic?  Thanks so much!

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10 hours ago, GCEZ said:

Hey everyone!

Are you guys tailoring your personal statements to specific schools?  Obviously if the prompt asks why you want to go to that school in particular then we should, but if it doesn't, should we talk about specific things we like about that school or just keep it generic?  Thanks so much!

I personalized them last year, and I will do so again this year. IMO, it's important to show the school why you're applying there and what has drawn you to their specific program! Good luck with your statements! :)

 

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11 hours ago, GCEZ said:

Hey everyone!

Are you guys tailoring your personal statements to specific schools?  Obviously if the prompt asks why you want to go to that school in particular then we should, but if it doesn't, should we talk about specific things we like about that school or just keep it generic?  Thanks so much!

I used a very similar statement for all of the schools I applied to, because my experiences and personality traits that I wanted to show the schools didn't change.  That being said, I ended with a paragraph about why I was applying to that specific school, and that part was tailored.  I'm not that creative of a writer, so finding the right words to get across why I want to be a genetic counselor wasn't easy for me, which is why I used very similar statements for each program.  That being said, some of the programs ask specific questions, or have different styles for their personal statement, and in those instances you might have to write something completely new in order to give them what they're looking for.

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Just wanted to bump my question again about Probationary Accreditation as it seems to have gotten lost! Does anyone have any insight as to what this means for students or a program, or why they are not included in the match? Hoping someone at the Symposium learned something about this! Please let me know :) 

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3 hours ago, GCApp1522 said:

Just wanted to bump my question again about Probationary Accreditation as it seems to have gotten lost! Does anyone have any insight as to what this means for students or a program, or why they are not included in the match? Hoping someone at the Symposium learned something about this! Please let me know :) 

I have sent several emails to LIU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (as directed on the program's website), but haven't received any replies yet <_< 

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7 hours ago, GCApp1522 said:

Just wanted to bump my question again about Probationary Accreditation as it seems to have gotten lost! Does anyone have any insight as to what this means for students or a program, or why they are not included in the match? Hoping someone at the Symposium learned something about this! Please let me know :) 

 

3 hours ago, GCTripi said:

 

I have sent several emails to LIU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (as directed on the program's website), but haven't received any replies yet <_< 

@lex94 was accepted and is attending this year. I know she doesn't get on here too much anymore. She posted something on the second page of this thread and in last years. Maybe shoot her a PM and see if she has more insight into this!

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23 hours ago, GCApp1522 said:

Just wanted to bump my question again about Probationary Accreditation as it seems to have gotten lost! Does anyone have any insight as to what this means for students or a program, or why they are not included in the match? Hoping someone at the Symposium learned something about this! Please let me know :) 

I didn't hear anything about it at the symposium, sorry! If their genetic counseling page has a phone number to contact, I would try calling them if they aren't answering emails.

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