Advice

I've learned a lot while making my way through college, internships, and the first couple of years of a PhD program. I've relied on Reddit posts, advice from friends/peers/mentors, and a bunch of trying-and-hoping-for-the-best to get to where I am now. I figured I would write my experiences down along the way, in hopes that it make someone else's academic journey easier some day.

How to use my advice: Good advice should be specific to the person receiving it, but it's hard to personalize what you're going to read when I can't get to know you first! Instead of making lists of recommendations (which I still include from time to time), I've opted for telling stories. When evaluating if what I did makes sense for you, you should first check if our goals and values align and extrapolate from there. I also love talking to undergrads, prospective PhD students, and pretty much everyone, so feel free to send me an email (located at the bottom of the page) if you'd ever like to chat.

Happy reading!

More About Me

My Much-Abridged (College) Life Story

Posted: Jan 10, 2021 | Modified: May 23, 2022

What I learned from four years of wrestling the research monster at Columbia and why I wanted to go to grad school.

Applying to PhD Programs and Fellowships

A Very General Guide to PhD and Fellowship Applications

Posted: Jan 10, 2021 | Modified: May 23, 2022

A basic overview of the materials you need to prepare for PhD and fellowship applications.

Applying to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Posted: Jan 10, 2021 | Modified: May 23, 2022

A brief overview of the NSF GRFP and some tips based on my experience applying to (and winning!) a fellowship in my senior year of college.

All About Letters of Recommendation

Posted: Jan 10, 2021 | Modified: May 23, 2022

Who, when, and how to ask for letters of recommendation.

Studying for the GRE

Posted: Jan 10, 2021 | Modified: May 23, 2022

A few tips, tricks, and life hacks for surviving yet another standardized test.

Your Application Timeline

Posted: Jan 10, 2021 | Modified: May 23, 2022

A suggested timeline for applying to PhD programs and fellowships to help you get organized.

DivE In 2021

DivE In Weekend is the University of Pennsylvania’s diversity welcome weekend for the mind sciences. I was very excited to be head of the Programming Development Committee for our very first DivE In on October 8-10, 2021. Check out our website, event recordings and resources, and Twitter! Recordings and slides from my workshops are below.

Strategizing Your Recommendation Letters

Posted: Oct 09, 2021 | Modified: May 24, 2022

Did you know that you can help your letter writers write your letters? Presented at DivE In 2021.

Overview of the Application Process

Posted: Oct 09, 2021 | Modified: May 24, 2022

An overview of the different parts of the PhD application, including what fellowships are and why you should apply for them. Presented at DivE In 2021.