Med School Bound Junior Seeks Application Advice

I am currently applying to medical school a as a Junior. I feel that my all the components of my application are strong except for my MCAT score (it is below the national average). That said, I have still decided to apply this cycle to schools that have accepted applicants with an MCAT score in my range. I was hoping to hear from alumni that have perhaps been in the same position as me and how they went about selecting schools. Knowing that my MCAT score is bringing my application down, are there any other ways I can enhance my application? I look forward to hearing any advice!

Name: Meher Irani ’16
Email: meher@brandeis.edu
Majors: Biology and Chemistry with a specialization in Chemical Biology
Hometown: Mumbai, India
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Recent Alumna Looking to Gain Experience in Neuroscience Research

I am a recent Brandeis alumna who has been having difficulty finding work in research. I made the mistake of majoring in psychology rather than neuroscience (which I found to be a far more engaging and satisfying direction) and am now looking to gain practical experience participating in neuroscience (or related biology) research before applying to graduate programs to gain a better understanding of the realities of a career as a researcher as well as to improve my foundation. I would love to be contacted by someone who can give me advice on how I can, having majored in psychology, best reposition myself for a scientific career and make this transition. Majoring in psychology seems to have been the a huge obstacle for me and I am afraid it will hinder any effort I make to break into science even though I have a solid science course background, having been on the premed track as an undergraduate and taken courses thereafter.

Name: Alice Gelman ’13
Email: alicesg@brandeis.edu
Majors: Psychology
Hometown: Boston, MA
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Business/Econ Junior Seeking Internship Advice

My name is Nicole Lenchner and I am junior at Brandeis University currently majoring in economics and business. I am searching for an internship for this summer in finance, consulting, or accounting. I am wondering what the best method is of going about applying for summer internships. Most of the internships I have gotten in the past have been through very specific means and I do not have much experience searching for internships in any other way. I have been trying to look through websites like indeed.com, internships.com, Linkedin.com, etc. and am just wondering if this is the best way to go about doing this. I would appreciate any tips, advice, connections, or opening positions. Anything and everything is helpful. Thank you in advance.

Name: Nicole Lenchner ’16
Email: nicolejl@brandeis.edu
Majors: Economics and Business
Hometown: Scarsdale, NY
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Aspiring Doctor/Researcher Seeks Advice

I am a Brandeis University senior. I have future plans to become a bio-medical researcher and doctor. I am hoping to find a position as a clinical research assistant or a related research assistant. I would also be interested in shadowing doctors of various specialties, as I have always enjoyed the atmosphere in a hospital. In a hospital, the atmosphere feels very supportive and hopeful even in the face of serious maladies. Any recommendations for places or people that may align with my interests would be greatly appreciated.

Name: Samuel Gorelik ’15
Email: sgorelik@brandeis.edu
Majors: Biochemistry and Biology
Hometown: Sharon, MA
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Graduating Senior Interested in International Higher Education

I am a senior majoring in East Asian Studies with a passion for International Higher Education. Concentrating on Japanese, I aim to build a career in an organization that promotes international studies and exchange. I hope to work in a study abroad office on a college campus or in a global organization. I appreciate all advice, tips, connections, and position openings! Thank you!

Name: Teresa Fong ’15
Email: tfong@brandeis.edu
Majors: East Asian Studies and Health: Science, Society, and Policy
Hometown: Boston, MA
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Pre-med/Business First Year Looking to Branch Out

I am a first year student at Brandeis hoping to major in Biology on a pre-med track. I am also interested in studying Business and International and Global Studies. I would appreciate advice from Brandeis alums in any of these industries who can offer me career direction advice (i.e. what careers I can consider outside of med school that combines these subjects). I am not completely sure that I want to continue on the pre-med track, but am unclear on what my other options are. Any advice would be appreciated.

Name: Ariel Lee ’18
Email: arie1lee@brandeis.edu
Majors: Biology and Business
Hometown: San Jose, CA
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Sophomore seeks CSR opportunities

My name is Heather Spector and I’m currently a sophomore at Brandeis. I’m double majoring in Business and Computer Science. I’m very interested in pursuing a career in Corporate Social Responsibility. Are there any alumni involved in this field that can recommend relevant experience I can get over the summer?

Name: Heather Spector ’17
Email: hspector@brandeis.edu
Majors: Business and Computer Science
Hometown: Merrick, NY
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Aspiring attorney seeks international law experience

I am currently a junior studying East Asian Studies and International Global Studies. I am passionate about languages, and I am conversational in French, Chinese and Japanese. Through language acquisition and translating, I developed interest in intercultural understanding, international cooperation and dispute resolution. After graduation, I plan to go to law school, however, I would like to gain experience within the law field beforehand. I am hoping to find a legal internship of any kind in Massachusetts for the summer. However, I prefer International Law, Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration, Litigation and Immigration Law. I would greatly appreciate any advice, connections or leads! Thank you!

Name: Elyse Jackson ’16
Email: edj2012@brandeis.edu
Majors: East Asian Studies and International Global Studies
Hometown: Newport News, VA
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Graduating Senior Seeks Social Science Research Positions

I am a senior studying Sociology (research track) and Education Studies. I am passionate about research and have experience researching in both majors. My current focus is on understanding social media from a sociological perspective. While I plan to attend graduate school to obtain a PhD in Sociology in the future, I am hoping to first gain more research experience. I am interested in finding positions in social science research in the Northeast or South Florida. If you work in this field, I would love to hear about how you got to where you are, or any other advice you may have. Thank you!

Name: Kelsey Segaloff ’15
Email: ksegalof@brandeis.edu
Majors: Sociology (research track), Education Studies
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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Aspiring author seeks publishing advice

I am a current first year student at Brandeis studying Language and Linguistics. At the moment I am seeking advice on finding an agent and breaking into the publishing industry. My interest in this matter is due to the fact that I myself am an aspiring author and I would like to know more about the process. More specifically I am interested in the publication of young adult fiction and fantasy novels. I have past experience with reviewing books in these genres as I created and ran a book review blog for the Framingham Public Library during my senior year of high school and the summer before. I am very appreciative of any wisdom that you have to offer, as well as the time spent doing so.

Name: Talia Franks ’18
Email: tfranks@brandeis.edu
Major: Language and Linguistics
Hometown: Framingham, MA
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Recent Grad Seeks PR, Communications Leads

I graduated in May with a BA in Psychology. I always loved working with kids so as I began the Psychology track I thought I would one day be a school psychologist. After years of schooling myself I decided I needed to take a break and join the workforce. I am looking for a job in PR, marketing, communications, or development preferably in a Jewish nonprofit setting but I have opened my options to corporations also. I would appreciate any advice, leads or connections you might have.

Name: Zahava Horowitz ’14
Email:  jenhoro@brandeis.edu
Major(s): Psychology, Minors in Business, Near Eastern Judaic Studies
Hometown: Teaneck, NJ
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Seeking Alumni with Nonprofit Leads in the Bay Area

As a compassionate and analytically-minded recent graduate (May 2014), I am currently looking for opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area with a non-profit geared toward women’s empowerment, development work in the Middle East, a non-profit consulting firm, or a research institution. I’m particularly looking to leverage my study of Arabic, sociology, and the Middle East – as well as my recent experience as a Public Policy Intern for the World Food Program in D.C. Any advice on your experience breaking into the non-profit world in the Bay Area, suggestions about how to continue adding valuable skills and experiences for this field or insight about organizations to look into would be deeply appreciated! Thank you in advance.

Name: Kelsey Dean ’14
Emailwiscr201@brandeis.edu
Major(s): Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, International and Global Studies
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
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Seeking Advice on MD/PhD Programs & Gaining Experience in Food Science

I have been interested in the science of nutrition and food since middle school and hope to incorporate those passions into my career. I have worked at Dr. Hayes’ diabetes lab for 1.5 years studying dietary influences of various foods and compounds on development and prevention of dyslipidemia and Type 2 Diabetes. It was the most rewarding and enjoyable job I have ever had, but was unable to return to work after studying abroad in Thailand. Originally, I was thinking of going into research, but now I am also considering medicine. An MD/PhD focusing on nutrition science and preventative medicine seems like the best of both worlds, but I don’t know if I’m qualified enough or if it is possible to do research and practice medicine because of grant competition. For those in medicine and research, do MD/PhD programs have any advantages over other degrees? What else should I consider when deciding on a post-graduate program? What should I do now to prepare? Are there any particular graduate programs I should consider – medical or research based? I have emailed many PIs at universities and hospitals for research positions and opportunities, but everyone said they were full. How can I get into a lab and gain more research experience?

Name: Yuki Wiland ’15
Emailyukiw@brandeis.edu
Major(s): HSSP and Biology
Hometown: Akron, OH
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Writer Enthusiastically Seeking Employment

I am a communicator, a humanitarian, and most of all, an innovative thinker. As a liberal arts student who has rounded out my studies with journalism experience, I have taken courses on many current topics and learned to quite succinctly analyze and synthesize information – skills relevant to any job. I am hoping to apply my degree to either nonprofit and philanthropy work, public policy, marketing and communications, publishing, or public affairs – and am seeking entry-level opportunities in either New York, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. I would love to speak with alumni in these fields who have any advice or leads.

Name: Rachel Hirschhaut ’15
Email: rahirsch@brandeis.edu
Major(s): English, Journalism
Hometown: Deerfield, IL
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Econ/Math Major Seeks Internship and Grad School Advice

I am currently a junior majoring in Economics and Mathematics, and also considering a minor in Business. I have had some internship experience in banking where I assisted managers and communicated with clients as well as a journalism internship that helped hone my interpersonal and research skills. I am interested in intern opportunities during the spring or summer in any organization relating to economics or math, especially consulting, analysis or research assistant. I’m open to most locations in the U.S. and China and would greatly appreciate any advice on where to start and how to reach out to organizations. Additionally, I really want to know more about the application process of applying graduate school. What was your experience applying? If you could go back to junior year, how would you have timed your graduate school applications? Or would you have decided to work immediately after graduation? Thank you very much for taking time to look at my Wisdom Wanted Ad, I look forward to hearing back from you.

Name: Jingwan Wang
Email: jingwan@brandeis.edu
Major(s): Economics and Mathematics
Hometown: Beijing, China
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December Grad Seeks Neuroscience and/or Psychiatry Research Advice

I am a senior graduating in December with a B.S. in Neuroscience & Biology. I am looking for help in finding organizations or labs that are looking for someone to start towards the end of January/early February. My specific interest is in neuroscience and psychiatry, but I am open to other research areas as well. I’d love some guidance in who to reach out to and the best way to do so.

Name: Liz Zharovsky ’14
Email: ezharovs@brandeis.edu
Major(s): Neuroscience and Biology
Hometown: Chicago, IL
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