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,…

What Happened Last Cycle: A Quick Breakdown

Before we embark too far on my journey into my second year applying, I thought I should share what happened last time, in brief. Last cycle I applied to genetic counseling schools while I was still an undergraduate. I knew I for sure wanted to be a genetic counselor and I didn’t want to take…