After already being accepted to a few other schools, it was thrilling to finally hear from my top choice.
University of Connecticut's Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department graduate program, here I come!
Starting as a PhD student, will have teaching assistant duties for 20hrs per week, and life is going to be AWESOME.
If I get the NSF grant I applied for (highly unlikely, I imagine), I'll be studying the coevolution of cicadas and their bacterial symbionts.
But so far it's looking like my focus will be on Lepidoptera, and some combination of evolution and biogeography and phylogeny. I'm interested in learning how to unravel history using morphological and molecular data, and of course, traveling around the world.
I can't get too excited, have lots and lots of work to focus on here in my last semester. Well, ok, maybe I'll allow a little excitement here and there. The dream I've been working toward since I was 7 is another step closer.