Associate Dean's Message - February 3, 2020
We are in the midst of the admissions interview season, and I want to take a moment to thank everyone who is helping out with the process. Between logistics and schedule, the work being done by the program coordinators is immense, and they appreciate the students and faculty who step up to interview, present or meet with the applicants. The admissions process, and the selection of students who will thrive in and contribute to our programs and school, would not be possible without the work and input of those students, faculty, and staff.
That said, I know students are balancing many priorities, both in and out of school: lab work, classes, reading journals and writing manuscripts, family, and personal life. With so much going on, it’s easy to forget about important long-term considerations: what they want to do after graduation, and the steps required to achieve those goals. This blog post from a PhD student advocates for doing more than just “checking boxes”. She suggests planning ahead, looking for opportunities to be engaged and “open[ing] your mouth”. I encourage students to heed her advice, and know that the Dean’s Office is always available to help you in your “sandbox”.