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….

Further In the Journey: Current GC Student Experiences

Hello again! No news again this week. I had been expecting news from Oklahoma University, but their notifications have been delayed to early March. There should be some things happening with other schools in the next week or so, so hang tight! This week I’m excited to share the experiences of four current GC school…

Geneticists, Genetic Counselors, and Me with my Bachelor’s in Genetics?

Happy New Year and welcome to the ever scary and exciting interview offer season. As of yet, there is no news. 😂 My husband is a 3rd grade teacher. In the age of scientific and technological advancement, teachers like him are actively encouraged to teach young students about scientific topics and related careers. To my…

“Girls”: The Gender Imbalance in GC

Happy Holidays, bloggos! In my undergrad major, everyone had to do at least one semester in a research lab to graduate, usually for free. I did my time in a lab studying the impact of the drosophila gut microbiome on fly phenotype. Lab work was often tedious and challenging, as I had to figure out…

On Student Bios

Every GC applicant dreams of the day they’ll write a bio for their program’s website. A smiling headshot will accompany a short paragraph outlining their many achievements. How I see it, writing this bio is the moment that you’ve made it as a GC applicant. Yet, these bios can be harmful to the rising generation…

Doggie DNA: Could Genetic Counseling Go Veterinary?

Happy Thursday, readers! Many of you know that on top of being a genetics nerd, I am a big animal person. I’m always encouraging pet adoption, and before we adopted Buddy, I’d frequent the Humane Society to socialize with the shelter pets. I adore animals, and if genetic counseling didn’t exist, there’s a good chance…

Is There Such a Thing as a Good Shadow?

One of the most important things an applicant can do to get into a genetic counseling program is shadow genetic counselors. That’s because so many bio majors can look at this career from the outside, and see reasons to go into it. In a genetic counseling career, you don’t have to spend 40 years at…

Thanksgiving, the Perfect Time for Family (Health) History

Hello readers, and Happy Thanksgiving! I want to keep this week’s post brief so that we can all focus on eating turkey, being with loved ones, watching parades and dog shows, and then IMMEDIATELY transitioning into Christmas. 🎅 The holidays bring us close to family we may not see very often. Whether close or distant,…

Staying Sane: Mental Health as an Applicant

Sometimes I think about just how much effort it took to be rejected from GC school. Between applications, interview travel, the GRE, and sending transcripts / scores, my first cycle cost about $3000. It also took about 9 months. But more than anything it was extremely taxing on my mental health. As a crisis counselor,…