Hi friends!!! Okay, let me just quickly preface this post with the warning that you are about to see A LOT of exclamation marks throughout this thing. I will try my hardest to refrain but it will be such a struggle since I have been anxiously awaiting my turn to blog since the day I posted my last one and also it’s officially one month from the day I leave for preseason so anyways, happy times are a-comin’!
Before then though, I’ll continue enjoying my summer in San Diego :)) This summer, I’ve been living in SD (the best city in the best state in the nation, besides Lex) conducting research on reproductive neuroendocrinology at UC San Diego. It’s been an incredible blessing– I get to live with my grandparents, see my family almost every weekend when they visit, enjoy the awesome beauty that is the Pacific Ocean, and talk to people who understand how to describe freeways (ask Coach– it’s THE 5 freeway, not “5 interstate” or whatever people in Lexington/everyone else in the nation think it is). My typical work day is essentially 9-5 and involves animal work (dissecting and slicing mouse brains for analysis and staining of neurons, putting ear tags on mouse for identification purposes, performing mouse surgeries, etc) and other lab techniques like DNA genotyping. My favorite is definitely the ear tagging we do because it’s essentially like putting earrings on mice and for some reason, I think it’s the cutest and most exciting thing!! I’d definitely say though that my least favorite part is when we have to collect blood from the mouse’s eye because eyes scare me and blood coming out of them is basically nightmare-inducing BUT let me tell ya, W&L volleyball follows you everywhere because I had to learn to embrace the challenge and become “comfortable being uncomfortable” (things we promote in our program) so I finally did my first mouse eye-bleed the other day and it was hype!!!
Anyways, other than work, I’ve been working out in the UCSD gym (lonely without my lifting partner and all my pals), kayaking, beaching, Spikeballing, reading, going to Padres games, and eating all the Mexican and seafood Southern California has to offer! Considering this is my last undergraduate summer (WHAT THE HECK HOW), it has been an absolutely incredible experience. Although it’s been such a joy though, I can’t wait to be back in the Gennies gym with all my friends in one month!!
Love from CA,
OH P.S. Tomorrow I get to get brunch with a W&L volleyball alum (named Lauren aka Rudy) in L.A. who used to play with Coach Taylor so I’m super pumped!! I’ve gotten dinner with her before and she was a neuroscience major as well so it’s pretty cool to get to hang with her and connect about things like our program, research, California, etc. :))