Your name: Rachel Diamond
Your home town: Beloit, WI
Your major(s): I am a Ph.D. student in the Psychology department. Specifically the Neuroscience and Animal Behavior Section.
Are you fluent in any language(s) other than English?
What are your career plans? If I don’t pursue a career in academia, I am interested in science policy, advocacy, and administration.
What is your favorite book or author and why? When I was a kid I loved Tamora Pierce. She has been my favorite author since I was 9. I still think that all young girls should read her books because the stories are empowering while staying fun and fantastical. I love so many other books that I read, that I am going to stick with my childhood favorite.
What is your favorite word? Proprioception. Or nadir. I still remember that one from studying for the GRE.
Describe (in a short paragraph) a significant breakthrough in your development as a writer: My first year of graduate school I mentored a senior undergraduate student who was doing directed study in our lab. I didn’t think that I knew that much more than she did about writing or even reading about science. Working with her allowed me to reflect on good writing practices, and ever since that point, I have found it much easier to apply good revision practices to my own writing. I pretend I am mentoring myself and ask myself to explain my argument. It is still something I work on, but that was an elucidating experience.