Spring is in the Air

Hello everyone, and welcome back for Spring Quarter! I don’t know about you, but I am absolutely-positively-for-lack-of-a-better-word, stoked for the upcoming quarter. I had a lovely, albeit rainy, break back home in Lodi, and now with the sunshine and warm weather I’m feeling very recharged.

I’ve decided to take it a little easier this quarter academically, because I realized that I’m ahead of my Cumulative Progress requirements, about to finish the last of my GE’s, and that there’s actually no need for me to be cooped up working all day when it’s beautiful outside. I’m looking forward to having a lot more time to dedicate to lab work, and to the other little luxury I gave myself – sailing classes on Mondays! I think I’m still going to be quite busy though – there’s quite a bit of graded homework in both my writing and history classes, which almost surprised me. I guess I’m just used to science classes where you get 2 midterms and a final for your grade. While I’m looking forward to having some right brained work for a change, I’m already loving the EEMB3 class – we’re talking about microbes so it’s right up my alley. The Bio Lab was even funnier: PCR (polymerase chain reaction) amplification of the 16S ribosomal subunit, aka word for word what I’m doing with Blair. More practice is always good though, soon I’ll be able to do it in my sleep! Blair says lab work will start up again next week, though I’m never quite sure what he has in mind until I get there. I’m almost relieved he didn’t call me in today – our lab has a history of prank wars (especially on the last research cruise), and I admit to being a little afraid of what might end up happening on April Fools Day.

SACNAS is kicking it into full gear with our Spring Outreach, I really can’t believe it’s only three more weeks until the high school students get here. With all the organizing, meeting, and work still to do I’m doubly glad that I don’t have too many units. I’ll be running this Tuesday’s SACNAS meeting at Elings 1601 (6:30pm), on Spring Outreach, mentoring opportunities and the SACNAS National Conference. If you have any desire to get involved with all the amazing opportunities SACNAS has to offer, this is the meeting to go to. Hope to see you there!

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