The slightly opened door - One that I would never of thought would open

This week, the start of the first business week of the new year. The process for graduate school for most of the universities in Canada is to find a supervisor who is willing to take you on and then apply to the school because without a supervisor to support you, then there is no point of grad school. (In science research that is)

Anyways, I thought my chances were very slim. By slim, I mean I thought razor slim that even winning the lottery would be higher than me getting into grad school, or even getting an interview from the potential supervisors I showed interest in. Well maybe I sent out 7 or 8 emails. For the majority, I haven't heard back from them yet, but the surprising thing is that I heard back from 3. All three showed interest in me, but only 2 said they would be willing to meet with me. The third person said that I had all the qualifications that they were looking for as scientists, but that my marks wouldn't cut it for getting in to the school. Well this is the case for all the universities I apply to (ya, thats how low my marks are), but these two people that did say they were willing to see me I guess saw some potential in me. The interview might be a little awkward, but even getting this far, Im amazed. And even if my marks come in the way for this coming school year, if I am able to convey my passion and dedication for scientific research (ie: not straying away after a few years to med school or law school etc), along with my research experience, and referrals, they may consider me for a position in their laboratory. Maybe not as a graduate student at first, as the department probably wont budge on their decision, but working as a researcher in the supervisors lab would be possible.

Im keeping my fingers crossed. Hoping for the best. :D


Lita C. Malicdem January 6, 2010 at 8:36 PM  

Grades? Don't worry about them. They are not the true measure of your actual performance. I was a former teacher and I've learned that many of my former low-performing students are now enjoying respectable status with handsome pay in their chosen careers. Go for it! Wish you good luck!

Tracy January 8, 2010 at 6:12 AM  

Good luck!

Anonymous January 12, 2010 at 9:31 PM  

i second tracy, good luck!

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