Thinking about the Future from the Future

It’s finally setting in that I’m no longer a college student. Every day, I’m up by 6:00am, commute to work, work for nine hours, and come home by 6:30pm. I travel nearly 90 miles every day and spend at least 12 hours per week in a car. Settling into this unintentional routine makes me feel…

Preparing for a #Chemjob

When I started college, my goal was to obtain a full-time job offer before graduation. Throughout college, I revised my resume constantly, sent out at least 100 applications, and stood in line for hours at career fairs to talk to a recruiter for a few minutes. Usually, my application disappeared into the void. Sometimes I…

The End of the NSF GRFP

I finally submitted the NSF GRFP today! What a great relief. At the beginning of this week, I almost gave up and did not intend to submit it at all because I did not want to submit something bad.  I reasoned with myself that I already invested so much time into it, as did my…

Visiting University of Wisconsin-Madison

The first few weeks of school felt interminable, but when September came, classes ramped up, labs started, and extracurricular commitments stacked on top of one another. I prioritized research over classes more often than not, which is a two-edged sword. It reassures my decision to pursue graduate school, but I still need to graduate. I…

Searching for The One

The search for my future graduate school begins. In late April, I took the GRE without knowing which schools to send my scores to. Since I didn’t have time to dive deep into research and faculty, I selected four schools based its location and its US News rankings. Over the summer, I slowly gathered more…

The Beginning of the NSF GRFP

Over the past four years, I’ve applied to numerous programs and scholarships. For every 10 applications, I get an acceptance. The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) is my next endeavor. The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based graduate degrees at accredited United…