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Graduate school (biology) interview overview series: part 3

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Finally, we’re at part 3 aka the fun part: What I (and others) wore

Previous posts in this series: part 1 (How I prepared) and part 2 (Most common questions I was asked)

I went to five separate interviews across the country during winter so I wore a different thing each time. See under the cut for pictures and I’ll also talk about what other people wore (in case you’re a dude or in case you want more ideas).

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Graduate school (biology) interview overview series: part 1

I feel like graduate school interviews are like a marathon (not that I’ve actually participated in a marathon… you’d have to ask Tammy about that) and that any interviewee deserves a ribbon or medal of some sort. Or cookies. Lots of cookies.

After getting my first interview invite, I started doing research about what they entailed and what I was supposed to do during them. And interviews are pretty much like a way for you to sell yourself to the professor (and school/program, but mainly the professors that are interviewing you) as a well-adjusted/sane individual who really knows his/her research inside and out, without coming off as arrogant. I had to go through various people/blogs/forums to get answers to my questions and it was a huge hassle. So I’m compiling an overview of my experiences that someone will hopefully find helpful in the future. The post will be tailored for graduate interviews in the biomedical sciences/biology/immunology but might be helpful for interviews in other programs/topics.

I’ll break this post down into parts This post got way too long so I decided to break this down into several posts: how I prepared, general/most common questions I was asked, what I (and others) wore, what questions you might want to ask and other miscellaneous things/tips.

under the cut: How I prepared (to talk about my own research and interviewers’ research)

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Why hello again.

I know, I know, I have not updated in forever and a day. Definitely thought I’d have time after finals, but clearly having time and having motivation are two distinct things. (You’d think that after 17.5 years of schooling I would have learned this, but apparently I have not.*)

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Pics: Longchamp Planetes Large Tote

Sorry for the shitty iPhone photos; currently at home and my dad has a DSLR but as Tammy can confirm, I have no idea how to use one. And I don’t know why other people’s iPhone photos are always so clear. Maybe my hands shake too much? Or maybe my phone obscures a lot of the light from entering the lens? I have no idea. It’s kind of sad.

But my baby is finally here! Here’s my previous post explaining my thought process for buying this bag.

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New Year and music!

Wow it feels weird to type 2014. Is it just me or did 2013 go by really quickly? 2013 was pretty monumental for me: I graduated college, applied for graduate school and finally moved home. My parents actually moved houses three years ago and I have yet to unpack since I literally haven’t been home for more than one month at a time since I started college. I’ve never really done the whole resolutions thing, but I have a few this year: unpack, exercise more (seeing how I no longer run to get to classes) and buy fewer things (… not doing so well on that front so far haha).

I’ll be posting more about my graduate school adventures later. For now, I can say that I applied to two graduate fellowships (NSF and NDSEG) and several graduate programs in immunology and have heard back from many of them. I’ll be going on interviews from January through March and I’ll be the dork taking pictures of things. And if all goes well, I’ll be accepted to a few schools and hopefully the pictures will help me in my decision (if a decision has to be made)! Many of the schools are in the Midwest or East Coast, so as someone who has never experienced anything but a Californian or tropical/Taiwanese winter, wish me luck!

But mainly, just wanted to post a few songs that have been stuck in my head/on repeat for the last few days/weeks while I’ve been gearing up for finals and last minute applications. Also, Tammy, a friend and I attended Night 1 of NSSN so I’ve been rediscovering my love for the Arctic Monkeys who are among my long-time favorites (since middle school almost ten years ago… ten! CRAZINESS). I have also been trying to get into music from “before my time” since I can remember (can’t handle the vocals!), but no band/song/album has really clicked yet until now… thanks Led Zeppelin. Slowly wading my way through their albums. I like to think that my musical palette is now refined enough to handle/understand music from before the 90s haha… I have no idea.

Do I Wanna Know? by Arctic Monkeys
Ghost Lights by Woodkid
Bottom of the River by Delta Rae
Money by Pink Floyd
Slow Show by The National
When the Sun Goes Down by Arctic Monkeys
Hospital Bed by Cold War Kids
Seven Devils by Florence and the Machine
Achilles Last Stand by Led Zeppelin
Ending with 10+ minutes of awesome.

-amy