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Hello everyone!
Well I have made it through my first two weeks of grad school-wow that was fast! I now believe that the title of my blog is absolutely perfect-I have definitely felt the ups and the downs-and I am sure there is much more to come.
The Downs
Alright, bad news first.
  • I have to get up at like 5:30am to be able to leave my apartment early enough to beat Indy traffic and actually get a decent parking spot. From there I walk a solid fifteen minutes to the library where I study until my first class at 9. I have turned this into a positive though because by 8am the library is buzzing with students and there are never any computers. I get there by 7 and have some peace and quiet to study and prepare for class.
  • Another thing is that the social scene in grad school is far less of a priority for the students; I am finding it difficult to make friends as quickly as I did at Millikin. So I literally study, go to class, and then go home to my lonely apartment and study :(
The Ups
  • So one thing that I love is that I am learning SO MUCH! When I am being paid to study, and I don't have to worry about anything else but studying, I find that it is so much easier to absorb class material! At Millikin I was always running around trying to pack so many tasks into a small amount of time-my mind was quite weary. Now I get plenty of sleep and  my mind is always ready for learning so I retain so much more than I ever thought I could.
  • I have the choice of any lab (that has funding) to work for. In October I will begin my first lab rotation which is a chance to "try out" a lab-see what the advisor is like, the other grad students and postdocs, and see if I like the research. I will do three total rotations before I choose a lab to join in May.
  • I have the choice of super cool classes next semester. The classes reflect the very specific interests of the medical science community-and so they are much more specified than anything that was offered at Millikin, with good reason.
  • I will be totally finished with my course work by May of next year, which means after that I just work in the lab each day. I am hoping to find a research advisor that allows me some flexibility in my work schedule, while still pushes me to get results.

So far, I am making it! Thanks for the support!

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL