Four Tips for Writing a Personal Statement

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It’s the season of graduate school application deadlines, and, for many applicants, writing a compelling personal statement can be unexpectedly challenging. How can you make your application stand out among hundreds of qualified candidates? Two first-year graduate students at Johns Hopkins were happy to share their top tips for a successful personal statement: 1.      Don’t(...)

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Four Tips for Preparing for a Conference Presentation

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Previously, I outlined the initial stages of my personal preparations for a presentation at American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2015 conference. This was my first platform talk presentation and I was thrilled at the opportunity to share my research. At the same time, I was equally petrified at the prospect of speaking to a(...)

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The Many Benefits of Yoga

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Cow pose. Downward-facing dog. Pigeon pose. Mountain pose. Tree pose. Warrior. If you’ve had any exposure to yoga, some of these phrases will sound familiar. The practice of yoga unifies the mind and body through coordinated breathing (pranayama), movement (asana) and meditation (dhyana), which all sound ideal and beneficial in the hectic rush of our(...)

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Colleges Advisory Program Mentors Ensure Student Success

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“I’m not sure I’m cut out for medical school.” The noontime chatter of the Johns Hopkins Bayview’s main cafeteria filled the silence as I struggled to come up with more words to say. A familiar burning sensation grew behind my eyes. Across the table, Dr. Janet Record, my Colleges Advisory Program advisor and mentor, sat(...)

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Lessons Learned in Graduate School: Do the Impossible

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Part 2 in a series of posts called Lessons Learned in Graduate School. Read Part 1.  When we chose teams in gym class, I was always picked near the end — not because I didn’t have any friends, but because my friends knew I’d still be available in later rounds. I’ve described myself as pathologically(...)

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