A Semester Full of Science

It is only the third week of this new spring semester, but I can already tell that it’s going to be an enjoyable semester for me. I am finally finished taking all of the “101”s and the “introduction to” classes and have started taking classes that are on what I consider more interesting sciences.

This semester I am enrolled in biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, and an animal science course. I used to work in a diagnostics lab during my first two years of college, so I have experience working around bacteria and know my way around a plate of agar. I am extremely excited to be able to learn more in-depth information about all the bacteria I used to handle on a daily basis.

In high school, I realized I had a huge interest in genetics when I learned about it in biology class, so I am beyond ready to learn more about genes in college.

Most of the people I have talked to rave about biochemistry. Apparently, this is the course that finally pieces together the science classes I have taken so far and ties them in with practical knowledge about your body and the chemicals life is made of.

I have always been a science nut, so you can imagine I love my schedule that finally is full of science classes. I am also a teaching assistant (TA) again for a histology course. I first started my TA position last semester and had a lot of fun, so I decided to do it again. I have gained personal experience in the responsibilities of TAs and how much work they have to do to keep a class running smoothly. Being a TA has made me really appreciate all of the TAs I have had in college.

Lastly, I am also involved in a research project. My research team focuses on the activation or inactivation of specific genes associated with colon cancer in humans to compare the effects of these mutations within the colonic epithelium, or the outer layer of cells. I have never been involved with a research project dealing with genetics and cancer, but I cannot wait to learn as much as I can. As the next few weeks pass by, I hope that I can stay optimistic in my classes, especially as test weeks come along.