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Making Plans for Grad School

Alexis Lanier

Alexis Lanier,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 12 February 2020

With the end of my last semester of college quickly approaching, I am constantly thinking about my plans for after graduation. After graduation I am hoping to attend graduate school to get a PhD in electrical or mechanical engineering. While doing this, I am hoping to work on robotics/medical robotics research. I have wanted to study robotics since I was in the 8th grade and came across one of Hanson Robotics’ humanoid robots being interviewed.

Applying to graduate school took a lot of my free time last semester with studying for/taking the GRE and writing and editing my personal statement/statement of purpose (I applied to 9 schools), so I am relieved to have that all off my plate. I am now waiting to hear back from each school to make my final decision of where I want to go.

Currently I have been accepted to The Ohio State University electrical engineering PhD program, and next weekend I will be visiting the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. During this visit I will get to meet with professors in the mechanical engineering department, eat with faculty, and even go snow tubing at a ski resort.

It’s extremely stressful not knowing where I’ll be in six months, but I know no matter where I end up, I’ll be one step closer to my dream of working in robotics, and hopefully making an impact in the lives of others. I am excited (but nervous) to hear back from other schools, and I am extremely thankful for the opportunities I have been offered thus far.