How to Apply to Grad Programs (Zoom Link)

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Hi. It’s been a while since I sat down to write to you.

But, I promise it was due to me being crazy busy–and productive.

I actually began teaching–at a four-year university. I was just 25 and it was my first big-girl job. Of course, the pandemic was a new factor added to the mix.

In the mist of teaching online and mentoring students, I decided to apply to PhD programs–as if everyone wasn’t going through a lot already.

I’m thrilled to announce that I was recently accepted into a Developmental Psychology PhD Program with guaranteed-funding (for 5 years) at an R1 institution in California. Through what may be considered as serendipitous, a coincidental event, luck, or a result from my determined actions, I made connections last application cycle that helped me get into this program. I had a strong team in my corner and had it not been for them, I don’t think think my application would have been as competitive.

Why mention serendipitous or coincidental? Well, through my process of figuring out how I can be a competitive applicant, I got a link to a random twitter post that had a list of resources for students applying–essay feedback programs, websites that already complied best practices for applications, application resources…etc. In addition to seeking out those resources alongside working diligently on my revisions, I had multiple interview offers.

As a first-generation, college student, I often struggle with not knowing what I don’t know. So, this is me throwing my hat in the ring to say ‘thank you’ to the universe and also to thank myself for not giving on me.

One of my research objectives has always been to increase equity and inclusion in higher education. One way I’m doing that is hosting a virtual event to give advice and tips to individuals that may be members of underrepresented and or marginalized communities on how to apply to graduate school.

I will be hosting a zoom info session on “How to apply to Graduate Programs” on Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 @ 6pm PST.

I hope to see you there.


I wish you courage on your own journey leading to your own satori.

Until next time,



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