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 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…

Unmatched? Need a Job? Now What? (Feat. Dr. Andrea Hallberg)

We’re almost 2 weeks past Match Day now and things are settling down. For those of us who didn’t find our match (yet) this year, things are still feeling really uncertain. Some out there just finished undergrad and are now feeling that “now what feeling”. If you’re a budding genetic counselor who’s looking for an…

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,…

Making Connections From Afar (Bay Path Interview)

Good morning, blog dogs, and holy cow it’s 36 days until Match Day, which seems oddly low compared to the 100 days I feel it just was. We’re getting there. I said I had a special surprise for this week and I sure did because SURPRISE I decided to fly out east to see Bay…

Everything to Know About Interview Offer Season

Hello, blog friends, I’ve got news! On Tuesday I accepted an offer to interview at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science. I am flying to Little Rock on Feb 20th and will be there Wednesday and Thursday, and my interview is all day Thursday. I’m so excited to visit the school and this new…

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…