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April 1

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Academia, Life
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This is what BioE Seniors do when graduation is imminent.

Over 9000

Can’t wait to be done with school.


Not with a bang, but with a whimper

Posted: December 16, 2010 in Academia

It’s not that I’m lazy. I just don’t care.

Unfortunately, the fact that I don’t care doesn’t make the responsibilities go away. The perfect storm of finals exams, class projects, and graduate school applications hit me like a truck over the past three days, where in a period of 42 hours I accumulated exactly 0 hours of sleep. If I was at my maximum productivity over that entire time span, I probably could have written a screenplay, finished a Masters thesis, and become a gourmet chef. However, at 3 a.m. it’s very difficult to think past the slice of cold pizza I was eating simply to stay awake.

By 5 a.m. on Wednesday early morning, I had taken two final exams, finished one final project, was half way through the other, and working on my personal statement for graduate school. At 2, I was going to a meeting with a professor for a class I’m taking next quarter. At 2:30, I gave a campus tour to a friend visiting from Malaysia. At 4, I had another meeting to discuss the last final project. At 4:30 we gave a presentation on it. At 6:30, I ate the first food I’d had in over 18 hours (thanks Joshua, for buying). At 11, I turned in my final writing for the project, submitted my application, and fell asleep before my head even hit the pillow.

Thursday, 10:30 a.m. Meeting with my research advisor. My body, which was crying for rest, is now simply whimpering because it knows it won’t come until tonight.

I can rest when I’m dead.

End of Year

Posted: December 11, 2010 in Academia

As the end of the quarter draws to a close, the lingering effects of senioritis are driving me to simply stop studying, play some video games, and start my vacation. But alas, real life beckons. After my academic mid-life crisis, my research advisor sat me down and forcefully said “No, you’re applying to graduate school”. So I guess I am. It was a bit of a trip to find 3 people to write letters of recommendation for me, but somehow I was able to do it. Now I just have to write my personal statement by Wednesday.

I have a take home final due on Monday, as well. And an in-class final on Monday morning bright and early at 8:30. And a biochemistry final on Tuesday at 8:30, which realistically will require about 72 hours of straight studying to do well on. And a final project due Tuesday, the figure below representing about 50% of the work that I’ve done on it so far. Actually, that’s not true, the figure simply represents what my motivation to do this project is.

E. coli FimH binding to soluble and insoluble mannose

E. coli FimH binding

And a meeting on Thursday with my research advisor. And a meeting on Thursday with my manager. And another presentation due on Wednesday.

Christmas is in exactly two weeks. It can’t come fast enough.

MATH 394

Posted: November 10, 2010 in Academia

I’m pretty sure I could’ve taken that test in middle school. Probability 1, leaning slightly on the side of being a joke class. We drew Venn diagrams, and calculated powers of 1/2.

Now I’m not complaining, Lord knows that I need less stress in my life, plus a GPA booster. But if I am paying $3000 a quarter for tuition, shouldn’t I be learning something instead of just getting a certificate for what I already know?

I’m still taking Probability 2 next quarter though.