A New Job, A Chance to Counsel, and DNA Insight Into My Lack of Booty

Hi everyone! Last week I was coming at you live from Phoenix, this week, well I tried to come at you live from Disneyland, but I got too caught up having fun and now here we are back in Phoenix and publishing on Saturday.

“But Laura you’re not even coping with a rejection right now”. Lol isn’t it NICE to be at Disneyland withooooouuuut *crying* this time.

Never before seen photo of me “cryin in the club” immediately after not matching at Disneyland this year

I was actually sort of celebrating (and that feels ah-mazing after 2 straight years of being slapped around by GC admissions). I just got my Phoenix job! I’ll be working as a patient qualification agent at StudyKik. Basically, it’s like a piece of a clinical research coordinator. I don’t do all of the coordination, but I do recruit patients into studies and determine their medical qualification for them. A lot of the work is done over phone and text, which builds well on my experiences with Utah County Crisis Line and Crisis Text Line.

This isn’t like the most important aspect of the job, but how CUTE are their little bitmoji mascots?? Rumor has it, if you reach management in the company, you get a StudyKik mascot made to look like you.

The only downside of this job so far is that I now get a boatload of StudyKik ads on all of my social media. πŸ˜‚

I start July 1st at 7 am, bright and early! Fine by me because the sun comes up at like 5 am here and I don’t sleep when the sun is shining through the window and it’s 85 degrees already. 🌞

In further life news, I got some amazing in-person counseling experience lined up! Remember a few blog posts ago when I wrote about looking for in-person counseling experience? I’ll let you in on a secret. A hundred-percent, I wrote that blog post on the fly. It was my birthday and I’d been busy at work all week before that, and I didn’t even get started on that blog post until Friday night. I had intended to throw together a step-by-step guide to finding in-person counseling experience, and instead it ended up being a play-by-play of me stumbling through Google searches. But you know what that led to? Me becoming an ACASI mentor!!

I had a quite extensive interview on Thursday, meant to determine if I’ll be a good mentor and for whom. If everything works out and I become an official mentor, I’ll be learning some really cool counseling skills like trauma-informed mentoring. Zach and I would like to be foster parents some day, so I’m looking forward to use ACASI to get to know and support kids going through family transitions and trauma.

I’m so happy that I have good news to share with y’all. It feels like it’s been so long. Maybe GenomeLink was right and I don’t have depression after all, I was just chronically mentally weary of being told I wasn’t good enough. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Lol NOPE psychiatrist says I still do, and insists that I stop publicly self-diagnosing.

But, speaking of GenomeLink, let’s get back to them. I promised to share GenomeLink’s insight on how volumpious I would grow to be, so let’s have a look at that.

GenomeLink offers quite a few insights, of varying reliability, when we’re talking about body shape and size. The first thing it offers is this pie chart about my “genetic weight”.

Which overall doesn’t say much, lol. My biggest pie slice is lower genetic weight, but it’s closely followed by a pie slice for higher genetic weight, so a lot of that probably balances out? There’s also another related pie chart for genetic body fat percentage, and that chart is more conclusively skewed towards low body fat / skinniness.

I think these are pretty accurate results, and it is actually great for more people to know that weight is related to a number of genes, and in some cases is strongly genetic. Of course, just like learning that you’re at lower risk of depression could make you feel worse if you ended up depressed anyway, learning that you’re at low risk of being overweight but that you’re overweight anyway– that could definitely hurt. Back onto my soapbox about the importance of genetic counseling. GCs don’t just explain what variants mean and how penetrant or scientifically-reliable they are. Genetic counselors help people understand that genetics isn’t everything! Environment, nurture, and luck all play a factor in our phenotypes.

I am going to leave this post here for now, since I’m already behind on publishing! Some news, some genetics lol. Sometimes this blog is random but I appreciate everyone’s support through it all.

-Laura Cooper-Hastings

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