My hope was to pursue my dream and complete a PhD in psychology or neuroscience in New York. I established connections with different laboratories and I applied to different programs with little success. Only later did I realize the level of competition necessary to overcome to get accepted into a neuroscience program. My foreign accent, lack of a green card and a paper not yet published were some of the struggles I needed to overcome. During this time I was frustrated yet productive and wrote a paper summarizing my thesis results which I submitted to Plos One Journal and I co-authored another article that has also recently been submitted. I also took online courses to supplement my knowledge in EEG, MATLAB and epidemiology. I also tried to network professionally which led me to the group of AWIS New York.
My first experience with AWIS was at an Alternative Science Career event in July of 2015 where I was fascinated after meeting young women scientists. Each person had her own unique story and interesting career path which helped me realize that I should broaden my perspective and explore more than just a PhD in Neuroscience. I began to explore other methods to realize my potential and I realized skills I never thought I had. I put these talents to good use by supporting and organizing AWIS activities.
Today, I am the local manager of a website called BuyfromHER, an online shopping platform aimed at promoting entrepreneurial women. The site enables the buying and selling of products and services of women with free publicity with the ultimate goal of greater empowerment of women. The site was established by my sister who is a statistician by profession. She opened this business in Israel last year and now I am bringing this service to women in the US and Canada. This new occupation is keeping me very busy and I have gained confidence through talking to vendors at fairs and through promotion events. I am taking new courses in marketing and publicity to help me reach more customers to join our website. You can visit our website and our facebook page Buyfromher WORLD for more information.
At the start of 2016 I began work as an administrator in an acupuncture office in midtown. My responsibilities are different when compared to research but I am learning many practical and administrative skills. I am becoming proficient in all aspects of business management including customer service and billing. My current job may not be the straightest path towards a PhD but whatever occupation I have I know that there is a lot for me to learn.
When I was in university I thought I would be a clinical psychologist. I also thought I would be married to an Israeli and live next to my mother and have a mortgage, three kids and a dog. Instead, life has taken me on a different path. But, no matter where I am or what I do, I still do what I love best, which is learning.