I’ve gotten a little more rest so I can actual concentrate as I’m writing.

I’ve gotten a little more rest so I can actual concentrate as I’m writing. As you all know I’m currently in a summer research program at Johns Hopkins University in their Department of Biology. I know this is going to sound weird coming out of my mouth, but I am actually excited about my research project. If you would read my first couple of entries you would have discovered how I really feel about research, but this time it’s a little different. Now don’t get me wrong, I won’t be applying for any MD/PhD programs, but I think I’m more excited now because I’m actually working on a project from start to finish. At Cincinnati, they basically gave me a project that was 90% completed, but here I’m doing a project that hasn’t been started yet. My PI is out of town until next week, but I’ve been working with a post-doc and a 1st year grad student. For those that don’t know (because this is supposed to be informative right, lol) a post-doc is basically what PhD grads do once they have graduated. It’s not required but many do it because it opens up more doors for them. They have more freedom to do their research, and depending on where they do their post-doc they can then go on to start their own labs in tight places like Harvard or Mayo. A post-doc is almost like a residency for PhDs, but not exactly (I hope that helped). Anyway, the post-doc I’m working with is from Turkey…I don’t know why I find that cool, but I just do. I go to an HBCU so you miss diversity like that. The whole premise of a lot of the research in the lab is on this transmembrane receptor called melonopsin. For a long time people thought that only rods and cones dealt with detection of light in the eye, but they have now found that in the absence of rods and cones, mice still have a circadian rhythm entrained to light and dark environments. Meaning that even though we blind the mice (destroy their rods and cones), when we turn on the light the mice still recognize that there is light and they sleep (they are nocturnal) and when we turn off the lights, the mice still recognize that its dark and begin to be active. My project is related to how powerful their desire to stay away from light is compared to their desire to eat. I know that’s a horrible description but I know how much I hate reading or hearing about other people’s research, so I’m not going to make yall read about mine. I basically said all that to convey that I’m actually EXCITED about going to into the lab. Lol, the world must truly be coming to an end. Besides that I talked to a family friend who is a general surgery resident (I think PGY-3) at the Washington Hospital Center in D.C. and he said that I can shadow him tomorrow for the whole day. The post-doc and the grad student will be gone all day for different reasons, so they gave me the day off. He’s going to be doing skin grafts on different burn victims, so that should be interesting. You all can trust that I’ll write a nice description of my time there, but probably not until after the Sabbath.

I’m submitting my AMCAS application tomorrow so I’m pretty hyped about that. One day I’ll re-post all the different revisions of my personal statement so other pre-meds can see the revision process I went through. For all those currently writing theirs, I would highly recommend getting a meticulous professor to look over it; someone who is used to writing scientific papers and therefore someone who knows how to make sentences and paragraphs precise and concise. I will be oh so excited once secondary apps start rolling in because that means I’m one step closer to getting into medical school. I’ve run out of things to write so check back on Sunday for the description of the shadowing. God bless.

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