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,…

Am I an HLA Mutant? Thyroid and Autoimmunity Genetics

Hello again, blog friends. We’re about 15 days out from Match Day and you know, it’s a little scary! But there’s nothing we can do now but wait. I’m passing the time by learning Japanese, applying to different types of jobs as back-up plans to grad school, and of course writing the blog. Oh, and…

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…

Reflecting and Ranking– 14 Things to Consider

With about a month until Match Day, interview season is starting to wind down, and we turn our attention to ranking. In this blog post and the next, I’m going to cover, first, reflecting on interviews and programs to decide their rank, and second, how the Match algorithm works and what Match Day is like….

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…

Are There Pipettes Involved? An Intro to Lab Genetic Counseling

It’s the week of my Bay Path interview! We’re approaching six weeks left until Match Day, which is amazing. Almost time to start looking at housing and potential workplaces in my three city options. Until then, we’re all trying to entertain our minds with thoughts of our futures in GC, so this week I wanted…

Looking at the Green Light: Tips for Digital Interviewing

Hi everyone! Life has settled down in the past little bit, and given me a chance to rest before prepping for my final interview! Since it’s going to be on Zoom, I won’t have any wild travel blogs that week, though I do have a special surprise planned for the Bay Path Interview report blog….

The 33 Hour Day (UAMS Interview)

Happy Thursday again my friends! Like I alluded to last week, I had my UAMS interview last Thursday. And, it seems Thursday is becoming an increasingly significant day of my life, as I became Crisis Text Line’s Thursday Captain, instead of Friday. Also, as I mentioned last week, I got my 3rd and final interview…

Craniofacial Genetics & 1 Distinctive NICU Baby

Hello, this is Thursday night Laura who got behind writing her blog, which is why this is being published so late! I did get an interview offer today though– Bay Path University! It’s a hybrid/mostly online program, so I’ll be interviewing on Zoom sometime in March! This week I wanted to talk a little more…