Getting work done

It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about? - Henry David Thoreau

My new scorecard


I crawled out of bed on a warm, brisk Monday morning, waiting for my energy to kick in and let me go out for a run before work today. Waking up at my normal time on Monday mornings after staying up late on the weekends always felt like coming home jet lagged from a trip to India. "I just need to drink some water...my room is 200 degrees and counting," I thought to myself. With the fan on the highest setting, my room still felt like a sauna that just lulled you to sleep before you could even try to get up again. I'd consider leaving the window open all the time, but that would leave my room to damage from rain if it would occur during the night.

Back to the lab again

I don't know what's worse. The fact that I slept for maybe 10 hours last night or the fact that I don't feel too guilty about it. I thought I was going to "take a nap" around 7:00 pm, but ended up sleeping until midnight. At that point, I decided to just "nap" for four or five more hours. It certainly doesn't help that my dorm room is like a billion degrees Celsius and I can't open the window. Maybe I've just been lazy cuz I've been getting hyped over the new Smash Bros game that's coming out in the next year or so. During my waking hours, I've been watching video after video and obsessing over each post about Smash Bros anyone makes on the internet.

Beginning my summer research internship - on bioinformatics and math and everything

What do you get when you combine running and nature, two of my favorite interests?

Pictured: nature
Cornell University, aka, the place where everyone runs and worships trees. Last Saturday I moved into a residence hall with ~20 other students as part of a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) with the Boyce Thompson Institute, where I'll be using computers, science, and computer science to study the DNA of tomatoes. When I was applying for summer internships, I thought this one sounded interesting, but I never realized how much I really loved Cornell and its atmosphere until I got here. Everything about being at a small, private school seems different than at the state college I attend. Even though its summer (which means the campus is mostly empty of students and there isn't much going on), I still feel like I'm a student who truly belongs here. It makes me excited to do research, and I'm definitely going to miss it when I return at the beginning of August.