The Doctoral Journey:
These are just a sampling of all the universities that were recruiting me for #PhD studies. Obviously, now my next step is widely known - #doctoralstudent at @ucberkeleyofficial @espmberkeley ! The process though of coming to that decision was not easy, especially with all the noise, offers, promises, and adventures. I was recruited by universities in all 50 states, except 1. These flyers, brochures, info materials are just remnants of it all. It was a unique experience of feeling wanted and needed by so many people and programs - prestigious ones too! Especially, coming the background I had as a person of color and marginalized - from #SanPablo & #Richmond. Carving out an identity in #science is not easy when you're trying to maintain your own cultural identity. Ultimately, I only applied to a few - less than 5. Even then, I had my eyes on just 2 programs. These programs were the ones I felt embraced my #identity as a benefit. It's easy to get lost in sauce when everyone hypes you up about what a great asset you'd be. Yet, I was fortunate to have stellar mentors who guided me on what to look at for and what questions to ask. Because they can be sharks in the ponds. It's widely known, people of color are seldom afforded the privilege of opportunities, especially in #STEM! Yet, it was through the #advocacy #mentorship and #guidance of White men who provided me a platform, for which I'm forever grateful. From this deep pile of PhD recruitment material, I was able to find something humanizing from the ones I actually applied for. My mentors helped me have the right mind frame to do so. Those beginning to apply, enjoy every moment of the process. Those from rougher parts of life, know there's a place for you in all professional endeavors regardless of your race, class, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, etc..You belong! The immense amount of recruitment I went through was a reminder for me, that our voices and representation matter. But for now, it's time to #recycle !
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