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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 spend all day in there. It was true, too. She had to make me leave. We looked at jewelry, clothes, and shoes. It was a fun girls’ day out. Neither of us bought much, but we had fun looking and hanging out with each other. On the bus ride home, some old guy tried to flirt with me, and even asked if Aleja was my daughter. We’re only two years apart! Should I be offended or flattered? I don’t really know, but he was kind of creepy, so I’m glad she was with me.

On Monday I did a lot of pipetting to get ready for the Western Blot I would run on Tuesday. I did the majority of that process on my own, with Brienna next to me for guidance, but I did the actual test. It felt really good to be able to do it, especially since it’s not something I will likely do as part of my undergrad work and is rather difficult. I realized that I’m actually really looking forward to my Chemistry classes this semester. It feels so good to feel like I know what’s going on and will know something that the rest of my classmates won’t know when I get back to school.

The GRE prep classes started up again this week. This time we were doing the verbal reasoning part of the test: a.k.a. English. Yes! I can do English. There’s really not much to say about these sessions, but it was nice to feel like I had a prayer of understanding the material, unlike the Math sessions.

On Thursday night they organized a yoga class for those of us who were interested. We did a lot of breathing during that class, which is not a part of yoga I’ve ever done before. It was really interesting. I loved having a real instructor again. I hadn’t realized how much of a difference it makes just to have a person guiding you through the workout. I felt so straight and tall by the end, and better than I’ve felt after a yoga workout in a long time.

Friday night Brittani, Aleja, and I planned for our trip to Chicago the next day, and I made calzones. They loved the calzones, even though we didn’t end up eating until almost 11. We got snacks for the trip the next day and planned out everything we wanted to do while in Chicago. It was so exciting that I’m surprised I managed to sleep at all that night, but somehow I managed to get a little sleep and get up on time. It’s a good thing I didn’t oversleep, too, because Aleja would have dragged me out of bed if I had. She was so excited!

We had a great time in Chicago. The only problem was that one day is just not enough time. We had breakfast at a little corner bakery. Thankfully, the breakfast was huge because once we ate, we didn’t eat again, or even sit down until 5:30 that night. We went to Millennium Park and saw the Bean, we saw Navy Pier on the way in, though we didn’t get to visit it. We walked down Michigan Avenue and went to the mall. We also went up to the Sky Deck in the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower). That was so cool! We even got a picture of us standing on one of the plexiglass balconies they have along one side of the Sky Deck. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.

We had dinner at this sketchy little deli that we all would have had more confidence if there had been anyone else there. And if it hadn’t smelled kind of funky. And if the guy could have served hot sides, like macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes that were on the menu, but for some reason he couldn’t do. The only reason we stopped there was because Aleja was way too hungry and was getting sick, so we said we’d stop at the first place we saw. Believe it or not, it was actually pretty good. And none of us got food poisoning! Yay!

We got back to West Lafayette so late, but it was so worthwhile. We had so much fun, and the only regret I have is not being able to stay another day. Well, I guess that just means that I’ll have to visit again.

What a great ending to the week.

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  1. Brad Duerstock

    It sounds like you had a lot of great experiences. After reading your blog most of them were unanticipated from my perspective being from the IAS.

    I must say on behalf of the IAS it was a pleasure working with you. We could not have asked for a better first IAS summer research fellow. Thank you for helping us with our program. I look forward to hearing your research presentation tomorrow. I wish you continued success in your educational journey and please keep us informed of your happenings.

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