The University of Chicago’s world-class genetics research attracted me as an applicant, and while attending interview weekend I recognized important strengths that uphold this reputation. The students, faculty, and staff comprise a welcoming community that fosters collaborations, friendships, and the exciting pursuit of innovative research. As I advance through my first year, I am grateful to be in an environment where students are challenged to grow as scientists, while simultaneously being so well-supported. UChicago graduate training uniquely integrates quantitative methods (R programming and statistics) with domain-specific coursework, and I know this foundation will serve me well throughout my career. UChicago already feels like home, and I’m looking forward to what the next few years have in store.