Hi! I’m Tanya. I’m so glad you stopped by my little slice of the Internet! I am currently a fourth year doctoral student in Applied Developmental Psychology at George Mason University. I started this blog as a way to help students find their path to their next steps after the comfort of college is over. When I was in college and thinking about what my next move was going to be, I had the gracious help of so many advisors and mentors. I couldn’t have done it without their guidance. Since college, I have helped guide many students through the crazy and confusing world of figuring out what to do after graduation and finding the right graduate program. I’ve sat on panels talking about my own experience and have given advice to undergrads who had similar career aspirations. I noticed that many of these students had exactly the same questions I had when I was going through the same process. I quickly realized there weren’t many resources available for students to figure out what to do post-college. So, this blog started as a way for me to to help students navigate their world after college and figure out the career path that’s right for them. I also wanted to provide some insight into the ins and outs of applying to graduate school. That being said, this blog will focus on graduate programs in the social sciences (human development, psychology, developmental psychology, etc.) because that’s what I know best. But, certainly, many of the tips and tricks I suggest here can be applied to other graduate programs as well.

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In 2011, I received my B.A. in Biological Foundations of Behavior: Neuroscience from Franklin and Marshall College. I was pre-med for a long time thinking I was destined to become a pediatrician. But, alas, during the spring of my Junior year, I decided that wasn’t the career path for me, and switched gears. I knew I wanted to stay in the child development arena, so I applied to work as a Research Assistant at the Child Development Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park; I was accepted and worked there full-time for two years. I always knew I wanted to continue my education, but it wasn’t until this research assistantship that I figured out what that might look like. I decided a PhD would get me to where I wanted to be, so in fall of 2013, I began my doctoral program at George Mason University and in 2015 I received my M.A. along the way. Currently, I have about one year left in the doctoral program, and then I’m off to the next adventure.