Recently in Boston Category
So, right now I am sitting at the airport on my layover to Detroit! I did not at all sleep last night because I was still finishing up some work and I was also packing. Let's just say I had a very long morning! My flight from Boston was scheduled to depart at 10:25 AM but of course, my dad being...well, being my dad, made us leave our home at 4 o'clock AM! Along with an early commute to the airport, I had mistakenly forgotten my flight information, thinking I would just be able to print my information when I got to the airport. However, I forgot to check which airlines I was flying with, which determined the terminal my dad would have to take me to.
After numerous phone calls I ended up being dropped off at the wrong terminal, going up and down the escalators with two huge suitcases like a crazy woman with tons of questions. I eventually found my way to the correct terminal to get checked in. Just when I thought things couldn't get any worse, the lady checking my birth certificate, college ID, and debit card gave me a scare when she demanded to see my government ID, which was in the wallet that I lost a couple of weeks ago. Luckily, the amount of identification I had with me was valid enough that they didn't give me any trouble.
By the time I got to my departure gate, I was beat and I wanted to sleep, hoping that I would hear my flight when they boarded the plane. I didn't miss the plane, however when I got to Chicago for the layover and walked across the airport to my gate, they told me I was not scheduled to be on that flight and in fact, I was scheduled to fly on a completely different airline. I was going crazy at this point, thinking that I only had half an hour to run to the correct terminal to find my flight information. Luckily I had time to get to my terminal and gate and now, I am sitting at the airport on my layover to Detroit for the Profiles for Success Pre-dental Program at the University of Michigan!
I will be spending seven weeks at the University of Michigan to further explore the dentistry field with clinical, literature, and research exposure. In addition to that I will also work with other pre-dental students to prepare for the DATs, which is a standardized exam required for application to dental school. Well, my flight is boarding now, but I will most definitely be posting more about this amazing once in a life time opportunity soon!
What are you doing this summer?
As I mention frequently in my previous blogs, I've always enjoyed drawing and painting as a child. The arts allowed me to express myself in a way I felt that I couldn't do otherwise, and as I grew up, I began to develop an interest in the sciences and the chemistry of life.
Now that I am a college student, I want to seek a career that fits my interests. It was never brought to my attention that there was a field dedicated to the arts and sciences until I began working with Dr. Leonard Soltzberg, who is currently retired, in the Simmons College Chemistry labs.
Nnennaya, a junior majoring in chemistry, and I were selected from a pool of applicants last spring semester and began working this fall. This research will continue through next semester. Nnennaya and I both recently applied for a student research grant individually to help fund more materials for the research, so cross your fingers for us!
The research that we are involved with is in collaboration with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) involving the identification of dyes used in 19th-20th century Japanese block prints. The objective of this research deals with the history of Japanese art and whether or not synthetic dyes were used during the 19th to early 20th century. Learning the history behind the art is important to understanding the cultural background, as well as potentially authenticating a work of art. For example, if our research shows that there were only natural dyes used during that era, then any Japanese painting from that time should not contain synthetic manufactured dyes. If a work did contain a synthetic dye then it can be concluded that it was not an authentic Japanese block print from the late 19th and early 20th century and was created after that time period. We're pretty much crime scene investigators for the MFA. :)
I am so grateful for this opportunity! Each day at work is like a fun day of a fun class! What I love about it most is that I can say anything and not be afraid about being wrong and I especially love that I don't have to worry about getting a grade! I am getting paid for this Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) funded by the Dreyfus Research and I am learning so much!
Pictured below is a Japanese block print sample from the MFA.
My science background:
I am a sophomore standing college student, and I have taken many science courses including Intro to Chemistry 113, Intro to Biology 113, Environmental Science Biology 104, Organic Chemisty 114, and I am currently enrolled in Organic Chemistry 225. I am currently participating in Dr. Richard Gurney's Organic Chemistry 114 & 225 research integrated course. I have developed and learned laboratory techniques such as: safety, scaling of a chemical reaction, recrystallization, preparation of a chemical synthesis, thin layer chromatography (TLC), melting point, rotovap, distillation, Carbon13 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (CNMR), Hydrogen Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (HNMR), and Infrared Spectrometry (IR). I have maintained a Wiki page documenting the laboratory techniques I have learned. I am a highly motivated student and I have made the Dean's list this past year.
Read more about the research:
Continue reading Crime Scene Investigator: Museum of Fine Arts.
It was thanksgiving break, and a friend of mine from New Jersey came to visit. I had planned to stay in to do homework, but I ended up walking in the dazzling streets of Boston. I experienced Black Friday! It was fun; my friends and I went to Macy's downtown.
There were about 400 people or more waiting. We got there around 11:30pm and had to wait until 12:30am for the doors to open. Around 12:25am the people in the front of the line saw some workers coming out of the back of the store, they started screaming, so we all ended up screaming!
At 12:30am sharp, when the doors opened, we held on to each other and pushed through the mass. It was quite scary but enjoyable. We had great purchases! I wish it could be Black Friday every day.
"I don't shop because I need something, I just shop for shopping's sake." Cat Deeley
So this is just a little picture of me and my father at a Red Sox game that he took me to! I absolutely loved it, even though we lost, the atmosphere and the people were amazing! I bought myself a shirt as well!
Anyway, so these two weeks are the last weeks of my first-year as a Simmons college student, and I must admit, I'm so busy! There is so much work for me to get done and it seems impossible for me to take a break! Luckily my parents have been really supportive of me, and most of my friends are in the same predicament! I can't wait to be done, but I really don't want to leave Boston. This has become my home. I will miss living right down the road from Fenway Park, being able to hear ambulances almost every hour of the night, and just the overall atmosphere of the Simmons women.
Back to my work!!
Lots of love,
This is one of the best views in the world! Coming from England, and having traveled quite a bit in Europe, I would choose Boston most often over other cities around the world! This city really makes me happy, and there's always a new thing to do every day! This weekend was a relaxing weekend, had lots of homework and laundry to do! Anyways, it's getting time for me to get back to the homework and reading I have to do!
I'll update you soon!