Previous posts on the Common Application changes include a feature discussing the new prompts and word-limits , and Q&A’s with Common Application Director of Outreach Scott Anderson ; Common App Outreach Advisory Committee member Ralph Figueroa , Dean of College Guidance at Albuquerque Academy; Wayne Locust and Nathan Fuerst from Admissions at University of Connecticut ; and Vanderbilt University’s Dean of Admission Douglas Christiansen . Next up: our Q&A with Jeannine Lalonde, Senior Assistant Dean of Admission at University of Virginia.
Receiving my monogrammed white lab coat was a rite of passage for me. It represented the confirmation that I’ve entered a world where I can scrupulously investigate the delicate intricacies of the brain and nervous system. It’s a world where I witness firsthand the transformation of raw ideas, that were once a mere hybrid of curiosity and prior knowledge, into pending solutions for the tribulations that plague humanity. Eight researchers in my lab are female. These intelligent, passionate women are beacons of achievement in their respective fields. Their example both challenges and humbles me. They invest in my scientific future through every moment they spend with me. I hope that someday I’m able to repay that investment by further proving the point that women belong in laboratories and scientific institutions, where they can excel. I would like to banish, once and for all, the misguided mindsets about where a woman’s “place” should be. In the meantime, I’ll be in the lab.