Challenges (and perks) of Adult students

As the definition of what an adult student is considered as such is not very clear, the age of 22 seems to be the boundary between a traditional student starting higher education vs an adult student. This is based on a 4-year bachelor’s degree that began right after high school in the U.S (Richardson & …

Mentoring matters for diversity and inclusion

Needless to say, a good mentor can make the difference between getting a degree or getting lost. As an undergrad, I had the experience of having a PI that left my totally inexperienced self to figure out research on my own, from the project objectives to what to do with the data. It took me …

The end of GRE?

Slowly, but surely, Universities are dropping the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as a requirement to enter a Master’s or Ph.D. Program. One of the main reasons is the lack of reliability on the results since it does not reflect the capacities of the applicant or effectively predict their ability to successfully finish the program. These …

College sports: winning is relative

I will start, like most of my blog entries, talking about what I thought something was before coming into the US vs what it is. Today’s topic: college sports. For me, it was all about the drama between jog heads and the cheerleader squad while some poor underdog was getting tossed on a locker until …