Like my fine fellow-bloggers… D-Day was such a pivotal time in my life. It was the most important big decision I had to make for ME thus far. Just keep in mind that:
1. No matter what program…. you get to the same final product, or degree. You will be a trained genetic counselor, even if there are an array of methodologies to get you there.
2. You really could try just about anything//live just about anywhere for two years. Do what is best for you. What will make you the happiest?
For some… it is smooth sailing.
For me, D-Day was VERY much on the turbulent side. I was wait listed for 3…. yes 3… days at 4 programs awaiting my fate. Lots of phone calls and WAITING. ((with little sleep)) Eventually, I was accepted to the number one program on my list. But only after some tears and a LOT of pizza, cookies, and disney movies with my friends. Regardless of the outcome, you will survive!
Do not give up on your dream. Try not to stress– that does not get you anywhere but sick to your stomach– and I know the feeling. Try to think which program would be lucky enough to have you in it. Do not loose that confidence in yourself or that cool, processional vibe. You got this.
Like my fellow bloggers — I agree that it is of utmost importance to have some sort of idea which programs you want and to have them ranked when the day rolls around. Which program is the best fit for you personally? Follow you instincts–or when in doubt, a pros and cons list.
And remember– if you do not get in the first time interviewing– it does not mean you should not be a GC. I know of a few amazing counselors who got into a program the second year they applied. You would never know it now. One of my own amazing classmates who was accepted the second time around– is now deciding between several different, excellent job offers. Persistence pays off. You gain experience and maturity with time. One student I met even said she was told it was unusual to get in on the first round. While I would not go so far as to say that it is completely unusual, this is a competitive field! But most of all– Try to stay positive! ,
If things do not go ideally, set up a plan.
1. Talk with directors of the programs you applied to, in order to see what you can do better for the future/make yourself a better applicant
2. Gain experience is various GC specialty areas
3. Work with children who have special needs and their families, since these are ultimately the people you will serve as a genetic counselor. Gain a better understanding of how you can help in the future. (therapy, intervention centers, etc.)
4. Research, hopefully something related to development or genetics
5. Apply again as a strong candidate with fresh experiences and new skills > show GROWTH.