Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be pursuing my graduate career at Yale. I owe all my success to all the people in my life, just one or two steps ahead of me, who took time out of their extremely busy schedules to encourage me to shoot for the stars. YMSRN has collected countless individuals just like that, who sacrifice time out of their busy lives to help others and create a community where support is paramount. Through YMSRN I have met individuals from similar walks of life as my own, that I know will be part of my life for a very long time.
Before my graduate school interview and first visit to Yale University, I was deeply concerned that I was not going to fit in here. I imagined some sort of grandiose white-collar atmosphere that would be unwelcoming and apathetic to an outsider such as me. But these early concerns could not have been further from the truth. I am extremely impressed and proud of the culture that the BBS program continues to foster here through the YMSRN. This network allows me to meet and learn from leading diverse faculty members, and to make new friends and professional contacts. The BBS Program has even allowed me to travel to help recruit and encourage underrepresented minority students to apply to our program here at Yale. To put it simply, the BBS Program is not only a place where you are welcome; it is a place where you will thrive.
The BBS Program has been the perfect balance of challenging and nurturing. Through programs such as the YMRSN, I have met several older graduate students I now consider my friends and mentors. YRMSN has given me the chance to have interesting and intimate conversations with faculty and students of color. We have discussed varying topics including career trajectories of professors to specific experiences we face as scientists of color. It has been a great privilege to learn and grow through the BBS program.
YMSRN provides a much-needed forum for talented underrepresented BBS students to gain a community and interact with successful faculty sharing similar backgrounds. This community is so important to me because it gives us tangible evidence that my friends and I can and will reach the top of our fields. The faculty are visibly committed to our success and consistently encourage us to take ownership of the program; this is one place where I feel not only heard but celebrated.