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March 24, 2011 3:00 PM

Approaching Graduation...What are your plans?

First off, happy spring break everyone! I hope that amidst the studying, you have all been able to somewhat enjoy the one-week vacation by spending time with friends and family.

However as our vacation comes to a slow halt, I am sure that for many of us are beginning to contemplate post-graduation plans. Despite the myriad of news headlines about job insecurities and the economic recession, there are remains many employment opportunities for our graduating seniors. Depending on one's dream career and ambitions, there are many resources to turn to. I, myself included, am also on the same boat--with the vivid dream of going into the field of pediatric oncology and the strife to continue research after graduation. In these past months, I have heard many worries and doubts from friends who have already applied and chosen a path (either to graduate or professional school). But believe me when I say, EVERYONE is unsure of their decisions---especially at our young ages. Sometimes, the only way to find our niche is to dip our toes into new territory. So for those of you who are contemplating if you have made the right decision, go for the new adventure that awaits you! I hope that you will all be pleasantly surprised and enjoy a new portion of your life.

As for those of you who are, like me, taking one or two years off before going to graduate or professional school: now is an excellent opportunity to look into internship/research/clinical opportunities in the vicinity of the bay area. California, including the bay area, is a harbor for leading researchers and companies in the industries of engineering, science and medicine. For me, I have always wanted to live in the east coast so I am in the process of applying to several post-baccalaureate research internships that will not only enable me to further pursue my research interest but will also allow me to relocate to the east coast. If this is something that you are also interested in, please feel free to e-mail me through our PAL e-mail and I will surely reply back ASAP!

Other wonderful endeavors that some of my friends are undertaking include: traveling abroad for an entire year (Europe, Australia, Russia, Asia, you name it!), volunteering with non-profit organization like Teach for America, the Peace Corps and etc. So as you can tell, there are many fun and interesting opportunities that are available for our graduating seniors to explore. I recommend all of you to take some time out of your busy schedules to check them out!

Lastly, congratulations to our senior class of 2011 and good luck!

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