The Experienced Reject’s Guide to Coping

Hey all, sadly, Wisconsin Interview did not lead to me post-matching with them. And that’s disappointing, and it’s okay for me to be sad about it. It was a long shot, but of course I wanted it! The difficulty I face now is trying to decide where things go from here. My husband and I…

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,…

Happiest Outcome Guaranteed: How the Match Works

Rank order lists are open! We’re really getting down to the wire now. We now have a little more than a week left to rank our programs and submit lists. Then a two week wait where the algorithm holds our fates hostage. Ugh. This cycle has gone by a lot faster than last cycle did…

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…