Monica de la Torre
Dissertation Scholars Fellow
Grad major: Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Montebello, CA
Undergrad institution: University of California, Davis
Undergrad major: Psychology and Chicana Studies
Why did you decide to attend graduate school?
I knew I wanted to pursue a doctorate degree the first time I lectured in a college course during my master’s program. I then became interested in research and writing.
What are your career plans post-graduate school?
Attain a tenure-track position at a research one institution.
What advice would you give undergraduates thinking about graduate school?
Be sure you allow yourself to explore different career options. If you are thinking of going to graduate school, spend some time away from academia between your undergraduate and graduate education. Make sure to begin the application process early and apply to fellowships, especially if you are from an underrepresented group.