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At 12 She Declared She Was Going To Be A Doctor, Now She's Been Accepted Into Her Dream PhD Program

At 12 She Declared She Was Going To Be A Doctor, Now She's Been Accepted Into Her Dream PhD Program

A dream come true!

A Texas student finally gets accepted into their childhood dream Ph.D program.

Taylor Denise Andrews has been dreaming about becoming a doctor ever since they were young. Andrews’ father has his Ph.D. and growing up, he and his friends served as the inspiration to pursue a career in the field.

After declaring at 12-years-old that they would be Dr. Taylor Denise Andrews, their dream is finally realized, getting accepted into the Ph.D. program they always wanted to attend. Andrews took to Twitter to share the news.

“I got accepted into my dream neuroscience Ph.D program!! I’ve been manifesting this day since I was 12 years old,” Andrews captioned a picture of themselves as a child.

The Texas native attended Oberlin College for undergrad, relying on the help of friends, family, and mentors when applying for graduate school.

“I have had an overwhelming amount of support from my friends, family, and community. My mentors from undergrad...were more than willing to help me in the graduate school application process...My family offered as much advice as possible and helped look over critical emails and writing samples. The community I made at Oberlin from my friends and peers offered an ear when I felt overwhelmed. One of my friends, Kirstin, who is earning her master’s in professional writing at Carnegie Mellon, made time to help me craft an excellent personal statement,” Andrews told Because Of Them We Can.

After applying to 6 different programs, Andrews chose to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Mayo Clinic’s Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences.

“I chose Neuroscience because I am interested in studying diseases that affect the central nervous system,” Andrews said.

Andrews added, “I am self-conscious about my writing skills. The personal statement is the place to make yourself shine, and I needed to make a good impression. So, I sought out Cientifico Latino to get a mentor familiar with my field to aid me in the application process. I am indebted to them.” 

The 22-year-old credits their father and mentors, Dr. Travis Wilson, Dr. Gunnar Kwaakye, and Dr. Eric Floyd, for providing the model needed to pursue this career. Andrews hopes to make the world a better place for those living with central nervous system diseases and hopes to finish the program with a position already lined up.

“I know I said that I had manifested this dream. However, there was a lot of behind-the-scenes action. Hard work, determination, and a vision can take you a very long way,” Andrews said.

Congratulations, Taylor!

Photo Courtesy of Taylor Denise Andrews