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Hello from the lab!

May 17, 2011

Hi! My name is Molly. I am a south campus lab rat, and enjoy long discussions about Non-Allelic Homologous Recombination in the human genome.  I am a junior majoring in Biology with a focus in genetics, and cannot wait to use the other half of my brain as I write to you in the Beyond the Quad blog!

I love biology, genetics research, writing, and

like co-blogger Lindsey, numbered lists! I’ve combined all that love into a bio-themed slice of life of some of the things I’ve learned during my time here so far.


1)   The textbooks are heavy enough to hurt you.

2)   Scheduling an awesome south campus science course right after your awesome english course in the Quad is a poor, poor choice. It will be necessary to hurdle over sunbathing freshman, sprint around Drumheller fountain, and skip down the stairs behind the Chemistry building two at the time. Twisted ankles and sweaty T-shirts will abound. You have been warned.

Quad-to-South-Campus Route -- remember to keep an eye out for the ducks at Drumheller fountain!

3)   Scheduling the women studies’ course right AFTER your physiology lab is worse. Stairs are much worse when you are going up.

4)   The coffee stands along the Quad to South Campus Route are, in order of favoritism: Think Tank in chemistry building (30 sec lattes), Suzallo Espresso (they have cake!), Mary Gates espresso stand (takes a while).

5)   Undergraduate research is awesome! Undergraduate research will teach you a lot. In undergraduate biology research, you may have to feed flies, grow E.coli, hold your breath as you pour chloroform, and play with mutant fish. And then you will have to stand up in front of lots of people and tell them about it!

6)   You will have to read a lot. You will have to write a lot. Pay attention in your humanities courses.

7)   Don’t eat the raw meat in the pig heart dissection lab. Just sayin’.

8)   Credit counts can feel useless. Your five credit course will include an hour long class five days a week, a four hour lab once a week, weekly online quizzes, and clicker questions in class. Don’t forget office hours. (Organic chemistry – the bane of pre-medical students everywhere – will only be three credits.)

9)   Find a study group. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll compose songs about the periodic table together. You’ll ace tests together, you’ll fail them together, and best of all, you won’t be doing it alone.

10)    Selling your soul is a part of passion, and a part of a degree. Be sure to sell it to the right vendor. 🙂

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