Where the Heck Am I and Why Are There Teddy Bears?

Hi. You might be wonder what the heckin’ blog you’re reading. Welcome to Career of Compassion. It’s Journey to Genetic Counseling, but with a new twist. You see (and this is going to sound like me being an iNfLuEnCeR again, but) I never really expected J2GC to get this big. All throughout the 2019 GC…

The Big Cheesy (Wisconsin Post-Match Interview)

Hello again! Coming at you live from Madison, Wisconsin. (Can a blog ever really be live?) This post is obviously going to be a bit different. Not really much “here’s a cool genetics fact I’ve learned”, more like “I’m here, I’m shooting my shot, this is what’s happening in my life up to the minute….

The After-Mat(c)h

Well, pretty much everyone knows that I did not match this cycle. But let me say this. I really thought that if I didn’t match, I’d lose my whole following on this blog. People would say “Who wants to listen to her? She’s a multiple-time reject! She’s clearly unqualified!” Imagine my surprise when I logged…

I’ve Been an Applicant for 597 Days and Today Might Be the Last

Helllloooo everyone! Despite my worst thoughts and fears, I made it through foot surgery! Do I kind of look a mess? Yes! Am I struggling on crutches? Definitely! But all those horrible things I imagined like coding under anesthesia, not waking up at the end of the surgery, losing my whole foot, none of that…

Forced Gap Years, Back-up Plans, and Surviving Uncertainty

Well, we’re here. A week and a day out from Match! Of all the questions first year applicants come to me with, this is the number one question: “How did you survive?” I know that sounds dramatic but the point is this. These last few weeks (and now days) are tough! With each passing day,…

Reflecting and Ranking– 14 Things to Consider

With about a month until Match Day, interview season is starting to wind down, and we turn our attention to ranking. In this blog post and the next, I’m going to cover, first, reflecting on interviews and programs to decide their rank, and second, how the Match algorithm works and what Match Day is like….

I Lived Out of a Backpack for Three Days (OU Interview)

This past weekend I went out to Oklahoma City for my first interview of this application cycle. I had some fun, meet some people, and accrued some more interview tips and ideas. I also lived out of only my backpack because I flew United Basic Economy? Ready to hear all about it? Let’s get started….

Five Interview Tips You Haven’t Heard Before

Good morning! This week was rough. Assumed rejections coming at me from a couple of schools. 😢 But you know what, now it’s Thursday and it’s time to turn my attention to the first interview I do have. In just a few hours, I’m leaving for Oklahoma! This week, in preparation for my interview, I…

Elective Gap Year: Pros and Cons (feat. Fellow Applicant Mandy)

Hey blog-dogs! No news for me this week, though a few schools that I didn’t apply to have offered this week. We’re definitely in the full swing of interview offer season. With such a competitive application process, some prospective GC students wonder when they should apply. Will they be competitive enough right out of undergrad,…

Hit Me When I’m Down: Asking for Feedback

Happy Thursday, readers! This is my last day of work before I get a whole five days off for Christmas! Kind of makes me jealous for all of the students out there getting a month off. But I don’t envy finals. This week, by popular demand, I’m covering last year’s feedback. I understand the curiosity…