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Four Ph.D. Students' Journeys to Graduate School – Part 2: Preparing Academically and Thinking About Careers

Last Friday, I shared Part 1 of an audio blog post, in which four Ph.D. students in the sciences, including myself, discussed the motivations and goals behind our decision to continue on to higher education and pursue a Ph.D.

Today I am excited to share the second half of this audio blog post, which delves into our academic and professional experiences, starting with our undergraduate careers that contributed to our decision and readiness to apply to graduate school.

A full transcript of the recording is provided below, in which any biology or graduate school specific terms are explained briefly.

Let's Talk About Prelims, Part 2: Lessons Learned and Others' Experiences

As April comes to a close as I finish writing this post, I’ll have had about two months of reflecting on my prelim experience. If I had the knowledge I have now about the process, I would’ve done some things a little differently. I feel like I waited until the last minute to start studying general immunology and due to the panic, ended up focusing too much on this section of the exam and studied way too much detail. Instead, I should’ve refined my specific aim presentation more and spent more time thinking about my proposal especially since half of our exam time was based on the specific aims.