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  1. Life Beyond Purdue

    It has been two and a half months since I left Purdue, but I thought I would continue with the blog. It felt so good to get home and see my family again! It also felt wonderful to be back in Maine, in the cool temperatures and the beautiful autumn still ahead. August was a peaceful interlude...

  2. July 15 - 21: Week Seven

    On Sunday, as much as I really wanted to sleep after getting back so late the night before, I had to go into the lab to treat my cells. It was going to be a long day since I had to start at 10 and wouldn’t be done until 1:30, with no real break. I had 36 plates of cells to treat —...

  3. July 8 - Juy 14: Week Six

    On Sunday, Alejandra and I explored the mall. It’s a fairly small mall, about the same size as the one at home. They have a kitchen store that is amazing, though! I told Aleja that she would have to pull me out after a certain amount to time (to be determined by her) because I could...

  4. July 1 - July 7: Week Five

    At church on Sunday, we had Communion. The way they do Communion at Bethel is different than I’ve ever experienced it. As many people as can fit at the altar at once go up and kneel, then the pastor and a deacon hand them the wafer and juice, and after the people have finished, they get...

  5. June 25 - 30: Week Four

    This was a pretty calm week in terms of research. My cells continued to grow, and I continued to change the media and split them as necessary. I did have one scare with them, though. I saw something under the microscope that concerned me greatly — this big, black, round thing with a...

  6. Family Reunion

    June 23rd was a truly exciting day. Terra picked me up and took me to a family reunion where I got to meet all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins that I had never even seen before! It was so much fun to finally meet all of these people. I think my favorite part of the day was surprising Uncle...

  7. June 17 - June 22: Week Three

    I went back to Bethel AME for church on Sunday. Since it was Father’s Day, there were a lot more people than last week. After church, I spent most of the day cooking for the following week. I made Shepherd’s Pie with mashed sweet potatoes on top, a lasagna bake, and marinara...

  8. June 10 - June 16: Week Two

    June 10th was my first full Sunday here. The day started out great, but it was very hot. I went to church with my roommate and a large group of other SROP students. We went to Bethel AME Church, which is an African Methodist Episcopal church. It was an interesting service. This particular...

  9. June 4 - June 9: The First Week

    The first week here at Purdue was both exciting and a bit of a shock. This campus is so big compared to what I’m used to. Monday was Orientation day, so they introduced us to some of the different programs they have here, taught us about lab safety, and even had a session on how to take the...

  10. Sunday, June 3rd -- Travel Day

    It’s hard to believe that nearly three weeks have passed since I boarded the plane in little Bangor, Maine to come to Purdue for the summer. Now that the internet is working in my apartment, I can finally share the experiences of the last few weeks with everyone. The day started early —...