As I reflected on my own past experiences as a first-generation college student, I realized how important it was for me to learn more about others’ experiences in graduate school. When I was a undergraduate freshman, I mistakenly believed that research was a lonely process of conducting experiments and writing by myself in a lab. But, of course, this wasn’t true at all! The value of collaboration and mentorship is one that I will cherish the most about this career path. I have been so privileged to have peers and mentors always by my side. If I had a question, it was answered. If I needed someone to look over my work, someone was there for me. If I needed a model or an example, it was given to me. My access to these resources is something that I cannot take for granted, because I know that not everyone reaps those same benefits. Therefore, here is my open book. I hope to update this site with as many resources as I possible can to provide an extra layer of support for those interested in graduate school or conducting educational research. I’m also leaving an open inbox to answer any questions you may have – although, I can’t guarantee I’ll have all the answers. Remember, we all started somewhere!
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