Nicole Gulkis (PsyD '22) March 22, 2021
Match Day 2021
Students from the class of 2021 celebrated one of the most exciting days in their
professional journey—Match Day. Here they share their personal match story, what has
inspired them along the way and what advice they would give to students starting the
Where did you match?
University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry - Philadelphia, PA
What specialty did you match into and why did you choose this?
Clinical psychology - General track. I chose the general track because it aligns with
my overarching goals of becoming a well-rounded clinical psychologist.
How did you feel when you found out you had matched?
Proud, excited and speechless!
What inspired you to pursue medicine?
Although I was initially attracted to the field of psychology from my observations and interactions with others, my passion in becoming a clinical psychologist is now stimulated by advocacy. I want to advocate for special populations such as
those with acute and chronic medical and/or mental health conditions. I aspire to
contribute to the integrity of the profession of psychology by influencing changes
at systemic levels ranging from direct patient care to organizational development.
What advice would you give to a first year student starting their journey?
If I could give advice to a student starting out I’d say be flexible; stay open to
feedback from professors and colleagues; remember self-care time is critical; and
enjoy the learning experience!
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