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…

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,…