The Grad Schools I'm Applying To

So here is the long awaited final list of the schools I am applying to (for those who may not know, I am applying to PhD programs in neuroscience). Wish me luck!

  1. Stanford
  2. University of Virginia
  3. University of Michigan
  4. University of Wisconsin
  5. Mount Sinai
  6. University of Southern California
  7. University of California, San Diego
  8. University of California, Los Angeles
  9. University of California, San Francisco
  10. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  11. University of Texas, Southwestern
  12. Washington University in St. Louis
I'm taking the GRE on TUESDAY, and I have my psuedo-final draft of my statement of purpose done and currently waiting for a few edits before I send it to my recommendation letter writers. It's really happening! I hope to have my part of the applications in by the end of October, and to have my letters in by mid-November.

Right now I am excited and nervous about applying, but I wish I could fast forward a few months and just know where I got in and did not get in. I want to be a neuroscience grad student SO badly. I love doing research and I want to do research forever. Its scary to think that I might not get in anywhere, so I'm just not thinking about that. Its also just hard to make decisions about my life right now when I don't know where I will be living next year, it all hinges on these applications.

Send me good mental-vibes everyone. Thanks for the support!


Mojoey said...

Hi and welcome to the Atheist Blogroll!

I took my MBA at Pepperdine. It was the hardest thing I ever did. Good luck.

Jessica Pottle said...

WHAT! YOURE NOT APPLYING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON! I feel like I've just been stabbed in the heart!

Wish you luck?! Shayna, you do not need luck. You are an excellent canidate for graduate school - articulate, self-motivated, inquisitive . . . I'm certain that Prof. Coleman is cooking up a stellar reccomendation letter for you right now. That combined with your extensive research experience and passion for neuroscience are sure to land you a spot in at least one (I'm betting on many) top-notch graduate program.

I'm sure you'll love grad school. All the grad students in my lab work their booties off but still find plenty of time to goof around and enjoy the wonderful routines of a balanced life (like cooking, spending time with friends, riding thier bike, gardening, etc).

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