The Chicken and the Egg

Judging by Facebook, we are currently in the season in between spring and summer: graduation season.

First of all, congrats to all you recent grads with your BA’s and some with your MA’s now. Has it really been two years since I graduated?! Time has flown by.

Two years ago, I wrote my senior thesis and gradated with honors. Two years ago I had a mentor who taught me how to think, ask questions, and learn what I could about the world.

Present day: Now it is my turn to return the favor.

At WSU, there is a program for undergraduates to do research in the summer. Every year I’ve been here, there has always been a handful of them.

Last summer I helped out but didn’t mentor. This year, I’ve been given the task of mentoring a student.

You see, I have a small project that I’ve been putting off due to not having time. I figure this summer I would get around to it…eventually. It’s not a hard project by any means. Just time consuming. After overhearing my boss ask the associates in the lab if they had any ideas, I decided to speak up like Spongebob did.

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I have an idea!

And alas, my boss was pleased with the idea and the rest is history.

I am excited to have a minion. Sometimes there are not enough hours in a day to do everything. Having the extra help would be awesome. Not to mention putting this on my CV and perhaps getting a paper coming out of this work would be awesome.

The truth of the matter–papers papers papers.

At the same time I’m kinda nervous honestly. What if they’re lazy or they’re one of those kids who are doing this simply because they need research “experience” to get into med school?

But they could also be genuinely interested in research and hard working and willing to learn.

I hate to put them on the spot, but before even beginning I want to ask them, “what do you want out of this experience?” I think it would really help me gauge the effort I will put into it because the last thing I want to do is waste my time and breath explaining. At the same time, I was given such an amazing opportunity as an undergrad which got me where I am now. Nevertheless, I will put my best foot forward and hopefully instill a love of science and researching.

hehehehe…I hope he’s ready though for the craziness that is our lab. ^_^

Lesson one: your lab mates become your second family. With that being said, sometimes you hate each other. However, when it comes down to it they’ll be there to help you.

Talk to you later!

-Sabrina

 

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Baked Egg

Did you know:

  1. The average high temperature in Spokane is 66F.
  2. During the summer months (June-August) the average high is 83F.
  3. Around 70% of households in the northwest do not have air conditioning.

Last week was the first full week of May and I saw a more than a few days of 80F weather. I am one of those households without A/C and it’s sucks. Being in my apartment feels like being inside an oven.

I realize I’ve survived much worse being a Colorado native. The average high in July is 90F. Having life guarded at an outdoor pool, I worked outside in the heat of day. But let me tell ya, I have adapted to living in the northwest for two years to which 80F has me like:

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Omg…it’s hot

The only thought that comes to mind is, “If it’s this hot now, what will it be like in the next few months?!”

How much above average are we talking?!?

Nevertheless, if you are suffering from the heat (like me), here are some tips that I have found useful in beating the heat:

  1. Drink plenty of water which has been pre-chilled in a pitcher in the fridge.
  2. Have ice cream and popsicles on hand.
  3. Lay off the hot beverages.
  4. Go to bed with damp hair.
  5. Pull all the blinds and close all the windows during the day (and don’t open them until it cools down outside).
  6. Have the box fan facing out of the window at night.
  7. Put a personal fan in between the bed sheets to blow air onto feet.

That’s all folks, stay cool out there!

-Sabrina

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The Happy Egg

Three experiments, four practice talks, and 5-6 consecutive hours of sleep later…

…I’m a PhD candidate now.

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These people celebrated my proposal being finished and now they’re celebrating that I passed!

Oh my goodness. Quite frankly, it feels surreal still.

My exam began with a 50 minute public presentation on my grant proposal. When I opened up the floor for questions, an eccentric professor “grilled” me with pharmacology questions. I say “grilled” because he’s really nice. Some of his questions I missed and some which I got right. Afterwards he shook my hand and said, “Oh. Your hand is clammy. That’s good! Good level of nerves.” Then he let go, shook my hand again, and said, “Yup. Still clammy. Good luck!” ^_^

I was dismissed for a few minutes then I was invited back into the room to begin my oral exam with my committee.

After an hour of experimental set-up questions and some rheumatoid arthritis questions, I was dismissed once more. And once I came back in, one of my committee members smiled and went, “congratulations.”

The excitement and joy was overwhelming. However, I didn’t sleep well the night before and I worked roughly 50 hours prior to my exam. Within a few minutes after passing, I felt like passing out. I had a soda afterwards and had was surviving on a little sugar buzz.

I left work an hour later. Then I proceeded to do my laundry, and watch an entire season of Great Food Truck Race on Netflix with half a bottle of wine.

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I freaking love food competition shows.

I slept like a rock that night.

The rest of the week was loooooooooong. No experiments planned those days and all I needed to do was paperwork and try to get my head back into “green tea” mode so I can finish my manuscript by the end of the month.

Nevertheless, the weather this weekend looks fabulous, and I haven’t been “outside” for a couple of weeks now.

A hike is definitely in order for Sabrina, PhD candidate. ^_^