My parents were really surprised when I signed up for Astronomy 105 as one of my courses at Cornell, where I stayed for seven weeks this past summer. I’ve been interested in science for as long as I can remember and, as I’ve grown up, that curiosity has become more focused on biology, which in turn has branched off into genetics, biomimetics, and especially neuroscience. I’m used to dealing with things on a molecular level and I’m comfortable looking through microscopes, not telescopes.
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STUDENT WRITER BIOS
I've been through this before and I vividly remember the first time around. I had been on the late side for the bus. I sat as far forward (and close to the guides) as any other student dared to go, with a quiet, albeit slightly lonely, row to myself.
Upon my arrival at the boathouse, my coach informed us that we would only have four rowers and one coxswain on the team that year. My teammates and I exchanged mixed glances; some excited, as this meant that all of us would be racing in the boat this year, and some concerned, as this meant we had no alternates and all of the pressure would be on us.
I've learned to put my own personal spin on the topics of the tour. Even though we have a basic script, I always try to bring in extra information relevant to the particular stop we are at, for example explaining former senate President William Bulger's relation to notorious mobster Whitey Bulger.
On my first day, Ray handed me an annual report analysis and left to run meetings. Within minutes, my inability to read the Chinese characters, which included investment terms far more advanced than I used in daily conversation, brought nothing but frustration as I skimmed over the article, only understanding bits and pieces.