Maia  Moog
Maia Moog
Current City:
Kathmandu, Nepal
Collaborative research w/ Prof. Lagalwar, Study abroad: Chiang Mai, Thailand (fall of 2012)
Post Graduation:
Bike and Build (cycling to build affordable housing awareness), Research assistant: UCSF Emotion, Health, and Psychophysiology lab , Fulbright Research grantee (Innsbruck, Austria)
Activities while at Skidmore:
Intramural Basketball, Yoga Club

Quick Pitch

If there is something that you desperately want to do, but it does not necessarily fit into what you think your “career pathway” should be, I say do it anyway! Usually the experiences that you are most passionate about shine through and end up being advantageous to your career goals in unexpected ways (for me that was biking across the country).

Don’t let less-than-stellar grades or test scores get in the way of applying for the opportunity you really want, and keep in mind that a rejection never disqualifies you from trying again. Finally, don’t be afraid to reach out to complete strangers for advice. Many won’t respond, to be honest, but every now and then, someone will write back! In my neuropsychology class at Skidmore, we were reading about Michael Gazzaniga and his groundbreaking research with split-brain patients. I found out that he was teaching at UCSB, sent him an email, he responded, and I spent the following summer in Santa Barbara working with two of his post-doctoral fellows!


A few weeks after graduating from Skidmore in 2014, I was on a bicycle, pedaling (slowly) from Providence, R.I., to Seattle, Wash., with a lovely organization called “Bike & Build.” I spent the following year working at UCSF in a psychophysiology lab and then left home for a year to live in Innsbruck, Austria, on a Fulbright research grant.

After a year of eating strudel and staring at mountains (among other things), I found myself back in San Francisco. I took the MCAT and applied to medical school, a lengthy and emotional process that can make the most even-keeled individuals feel slightly neurotic. A year has gone by since I discovered medical school was not in my immediate future, and I am currently living in Nepal working for Population Services International as a Princeton in Asia fellow.

Disappointments are painful, but one rejection does not disqualify you from the many other opportunities out there, especially for us Skidmore graduates. If I had gotten into medical school, I would not be in Kathmandu right now, writing to you and drinking lassi. Good luck, and feel free to send me an email any time. I would love to catch up.