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Undergraduate institution: Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
In all honesty, I can’t say that I “played it safe” when it came down to deciding which graduate program was best for me. I didn’t make a list comparing the strengths and weaknesses of each program I applied to, and I didn’t seek advice from trusting advisors or friends. Instead, I followed my intuition and made an important life decision based on a simple “gut” feeling I got during my interview at Cincinnati.
For my undergraduate, I attended Susquehanna University; a small liberal arts institute located smack-dab in the middle of Pennsylvania. Beginning college as a biology major, I knew right-out-of-the-gate that I wanted to pursue a science-based career. It wasn’t until my third year of undergraduate studies that particular faculty members inspired me to consider graduate school and the exciting world of scientific research. The following fall, I dove in headfirst and applied to a handful of reputable molecular and developmental biology graduate programs. At the time, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking for in a graduate program. All I knew was that I deeply wanted to extend my scientific education through exploring the realms of research, and to hopefully someday share my passion with others as an undergraduate professor.
The MDB program at Cincinnati was the first graduate program to contact me back, and I soon found myself on a plane from Pennsylvania to Ohio. Within a short period of time I transitioned from not knowing what to expect to feeling fully confident that Cincinnati’s MDB program was the perfect fit for me. During my interview weekend I learned about the close affiliation the program has with the renowned Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. I heard stories from various students and faculty members about cutting-edge research being performed in multiple tissues and model organisms. I found myself intrigued by the unique opportunities offered by the program, and the state-of-the-art facilities in which truly “cool” science was being conducted. I left that weekend feeling excited about all that I had learned, and had this “gut” feeling that Cincinnati’s MDB program would be the perfect environment for me to continue my scientific career. Now that I have been here for a little over a year, I can confidently say that I am glad I followed my intuition and chose this program.
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