final decision

Today I decided to accept the Princeton offer. This is an incredible opportunity, to say the least of it. I’m so privileged to work with creative and inspiring faculty members in the psychology and neuroscience departments, and I’m already thinking of ideas for prospective research projects. Dominick and I are very excited to begin this new chapter in our lives, and I’m confident that Princeton will be great for both of us.

The interview process itself was a wonderful learning experience for me, and I’m glad that I had the chance to talk to so many outstanding faculty at UCSD, UMD, and Rochester as well. Having a critical dialogue with other researchers is what helps me to grow as a student, so I really enjoyed answering the “tough” questions. As I said in a prior post, I’m still thinking about some of those questions now! And as I’ve gone through the interviews, I’ve realized that that’s okay. I have 5 years (and my whole career, really!) to think about those questions.

Most importantly, today I’m thinking about my family, friends, and mentors who always support and encourage me. I don’t know where I’d be without them. (After all, it wasn’t too long ago that I was a truck stop waitress!) I’m most fortunate to have such unparalleled colleagues in my field and cheerleaders of all sorts who keep me going day-to-day. I hope to make them proud.

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