— Joseph Rosas
Right when I was offered the spot to be apart of the new PREP cohort, I could hardly contain my excitement. Not only because of the opportunities I knew I would be afforded as a prospective graduate applicant, but also because I needed it to happen. My wife was about 7 months pregnant and we were just finishing up our undergrad at UC San Diego.
My only real options at the time were to either apply to grad school near home, or find some other unrelated job. I didn’t get accepted into the two grad programs to which I had applied, so I was thrilled when I found out about PREP and how it could serve as a smooth transition into grad school: my ultimate goal. Of course, my likelihood of getting in seemed slim-to-none. And yet here I am, writing on my experiences one year later.
I was so fortunate to join Megan Dennis’ lab, where I learned about cutting-edge research in human genetics. Her research and the atmosphere of the lab were like a dream come true. They gave me so much support with my research projects and with my adjustments as a new father.
As far as support from other areas goes, no one has been more supportive than Dan and Carole. The challenges they posed to us throughout the year were both nerve-racking and strengthening. Even though things could have seemed intensely stressful at times (cough NSF proposal), they never once made me feel like I wasn’t capable.