Roadtrips to Research: My Summer at Olin


Hey everyone!!

First of all, I'm thrilled to be posting to the blog!  I can't wait to give you, dear reader, insight to my life here, from summer adventures, to research, food, and, eventually, my sophomore year, with all the stories in between.

This is my first summer outside of Florida, and I'm here at Olin!  So far, it's been one of the greatest summers-and it's only been 2 weeks since I drove 1500 miles to get here. 

I'm living with five of my friends in a suite.  In the summer, the dining hall is closed;   my suite mates [and friends across the hall] cook and eat together like a family =].  One of my suite mates, Janaki ('14) joined Nate ('13) and me on the crazy long drive up here.  We even stopped at the biggest tourist trap of them all - blame the awesome billboards! 

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The photos above are from The South of the Border [click and explore the billboards I mentioned above].  We took a brief rest stop, took pictures with giant dinosaurs, and enjoyed ice cream! If you ever stop, try trash can-its a blend of all their flavors.  I know, that sounds slightly repulsive, but I loved it.

This summer, I'm doing biology research with Joanne Pratt, one of our many amazing and super sweet professors.  Janaki ('14) and I are exploring various aspects of a specific tumor suppressing protein that is often "shut off" when cancer cells are present.  Aside from working full time, I'm amidst a project that I'm sure many of you have and will go through in the future: scholarship hunting.

Now, I can tell you straight off the bat that thinking about my financial school year freaks me out, to the point where I wouldn't even look into help from another person.  Last semester, I met with Laura Cotton of Post-Graduate Planning [PGP].  I hadn't realized how many scholarships are available to those in college, not just seniors in high school.  Laura helped me set goals, and is graciously letting me borrow this goldmine of a book.

pgpbook.JPGYes, this book is massive [its three inches thick], and I feel so overwhelmed just looking at it.  From the small amount of work I've done so far, I can tell you a few things I've found are most important in this entire process:

  • Don't be afraid to ask for help, from guidance counselors to your friends, anything from narrowing your focus to editing your essays.

  • Play up your strengths. For me, my background, involvement in community service, and female engineering-ness are the grounds for which I've been scourging through this book.

  • Use this time to reflect on yourself.  Some of the essays I've started writing are helping me see who I'm becoming and where my passions lie.

  • Apply for everything, even if you think your chances are low.  I don't know how this will turn out, but it's a piece of advice I've received from everyone.  You never know until you try!

I can't wait to see what the rest of the summer brings, from awesome movies [Harry Potter in a month imsoexcited!] to adventures around the north east.  Keep checking back for more about my summer, and let me know what you'd like to hear more about!

Posted in: Class of 2014