Seven thirty, I woke up and went to the bathroom to be prepared for the start of another new day.
We had another lab today, and we were supposed to prepare for competent cells, which means to let cells to accept foreign genetic information and combine it into their own genes, and transform the cell with recombinant DNA. But, our schedule was delayed. We waited for almost an hour just for the cells to be ready to use. Within the hour, I talked to a current Brown student who is majoring in neuroscience and pre-med. Since my interest is also in the pre-med field, I asked him about the pre-med study and the eight-year medical program in Brown, which is called the Program in Liberal Medical Educations. His answer for me was that they are both really challenging, but if I am really into the topic, I can learn a lot from it. He also mentioned that biomedical engineering is really challenging.
The cells were finally ready. We put together calcium chloride with the cell, and then centrifuged it. After that, we our off supernatant from the tube, and flamed the mouth of the tube. Last step was to incubate it in ice for twenty minutes. We went through a similar procedure again. Time was up. We did not achieve the original goal, to finish two parts of the lab. We had to finish it tomorrow.
|The Text from the First Universities|
Continuing with the topic of education, I went to a session called "Research to radio to rugby: navigating extracurricular." Although academic pursuits are important, extracurricular activities are also a big part of college life. Two current Brown students talked about their extracurricular experiences at Brown. At Brown, there are more than 450 extracurricular groups, and these groups consist of sports, music, academic, dance, and community service, etc. They gave us an advice that I was really surprised to hear, and that was "no matter what you want, to participate in wide range of activities have some basic understanding of each one of them or participate in only a few activities but dig deeply into the subject, are both good choices; there are no bad choices in extracurricular activities.
|"Path ti Careers in Medicine"|
My night ended with a walk with Amulia around the campus, and I realized that Brown University in the night was amazing. I enjoyed it.