Thursday, August 30, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Kristina Lam, Biology major in the Verrazano Class of 2015, shares her story of how she got started doing undergraduate research during her first year of college.
|Kristina Lam, Class of 2015|
The Verrazano School
Last year as a freshman, wholly uninterested with doing anything but attending my classes at the College of Staten Island, I never would have thought that I would end up in a disposable lab coat and playing with highly concentrated acids in my spare time. From the beginning, I entered college as undeclared, meaning that I did not have any idea what subject I wanted to study or the career I wanted to pursue. I knew that I liked science and math, so when I was given the option of applying for a STEAM scholarship (STEAM is an organization on campus that awards students with scholarship and grant money for scientific research), I did not hesitate at the opportunity for free money. As warmly as the STEAM professors treated me, their primary message seemed like, “here’s $1,000, go do some research and make your college proud!”
Monday, August 20, 2012
|Mark by the gate of the walled city of Hondarribia|
|The Duomo in Milan|
|Plaza de Toros, Santander|
|Mark in Bilbao|
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Before departure, the professor and faculty supervisor of my program cautioned us not to judge Paris by our first days. Indeed, those first two days were hectic, weighed down by jetlag and very long travel experiences, plus the discomfort of getting used to a new place, new people, and functioning in a country where everyone speaks a different language. But the Parisian magic still worked its way into our jetlagged lives, quickly and thoroughly. From the first bite of a croissant at the café down the street, I was hooked.
I feel like I have done so much in the short amount of time I have been here, and yet to list it all, it doesn’t seem like that much in retrospect. Everything I’ve done so far has had such an impact on me that it feels huge in my mind, and I have enjoyed so many of my experiences that it’s hard to remember those first, slightly sour days. My trip to the Luxembourg Gardens has so far been a definite standout. Very close to our dorm, centered in a colorful neighborhood that’s peppered with lovely shops and charming, quirky restaurants, the Gardens boast huge, beautiful flower arrangements and large shaded areas in which my classmates and I can bring our schoolwork and enjoy the outdoors. We sit in the comforting shadow of the Senate building and buy crepes at a little stand, where the batter is spread and cooked in front of us.
First impressions are tricky things, especially when they’re coupled with circumstances of travelling. But Paris has already made a huge impression on me, and it’s definitely a positive one. I cannot wait to continue collecting experiences to help shape that impression into something lasting and unique.