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A lot can happen in 48 hours.  Being overly interested in microbiology and bacteria, I can tell you that a visible colony of E. coli can grow on an agar plate in as little as 48 hours (although 72 hours would probably give you more to work with).  But anyways, as I said, 48 hours is a lot of time.

That being said, I had an extremely busy 48 hours, starting on Thursday and ending last night.  Those two days were the kind of days that make me so happy to be a biology major because I was able to partake in activities that relate to science without being all school- and homework-related.

So what did I do?  Well, Thursday started off with my Plant Biology “Botany of Desire” presentation.  (Basically, we are supposed to read a chapter of Michael Pollan’s “Botany of Desire” and present on it.)  I chose to present on how to best clean an apple by preparing agar plates using microbial swabs of three different apples – one that had not been washed at all, one that had been washed with warm tap water, and one that had been washed with vinegar.   It turns out that all three plates grew bacteria (gross!), but I enjoyed doing my table-top activity in Ryan to show Fontbonne students, faculty, and staff the results of my mini-experiment.

Thursday night was Fall Festival.  The Biological Sciences Organization (BSO) sponsored an elephant toothpaste booth.  Students watched in amazement as we combined hydrogen peroxide, dishwashing soap, and baker’s yeast in pumpkin candle holders and allowed the product of this exothermic chemical reaction to ooze up and over the sides of the pumpkin.

And then yesterday, we took a Biotechnology field trip to Gallus, a research corporation near Lambert Airport.  We attended their poster session, which was a great way to meet scientists and see what they are currently working on.  After the field trip, I went straight to the Science Center and performed two shows at Center Stage.

As I said, a lot can happen in 48 hours.  Last night, I was really tired, but it was a good feeling.  I love being able to partake in science outside of the classroom, and I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned with the general public.  But that was enough fun for a while.  Now, I need to get back to the school- and homework-related science I previously talked about.

~ Making a Mess at Fall Festival! ~

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Guess what! We have officially made it through half of the semester. I know I’m constantly counting the days until Thanksgiving, winter, spring, and summer break (I would include fall break too, but that’s a joke), but I really do love school. I just hate the stress that comes along with it. Oh, and living in a dorm. I hate living in a dorm and desperately want an apartment next year (heck, why wait? Why not next semester?)
Anyway, tons of stuff happened this week, and I learned a few very important hot tips that I’d like to pass along to you:

#1: Assignment guidelines for projects are often misleading. They make you think that what you’re doing is NBD, and that you have tons of time to do it. WRONG! As soon as you get those assignment guidelines, hightail it to the library or wherever and get to work. Otherwise you’ll be like a majority of my classmates in my Quantity Foods course (myself included!) freaking out Wednesday night before turning in our massive Cycle Menu project the next day. Spending all of that time in the Kinkel Center together was quite the bonding experience.

#2: Never start studying the night before an exam. I like to say that I was conducting an experiment in which I was testing the hypothesis that studying the night before an exam will produce a lower exam score, but honestly, I put off studying because I was just plain stupid. Oh, and because of hot tip #1. The assignment guidelines for my Cycle Menu project duped me into thinking it wouldn’t be so bad (when it was), and so I spent more time on that project this week than studying for Plant Biology.

In other news, today I got my ID badge for the Botanical Gardens! Look at my face! Don’t I look so serious and professional and official? I think so!

Most enthusiastic intern EVER.

Have a great week everyone. And whatever you do, don’t procrastinate!

-Carly

“Yet Again” by: Grizzly Bear

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Alumni Posts

My First Midterm

by Alumni Posts on October 5, 2012

in Academics

I’m a biology major.  I’ll be the first to tell you that I adore my major (well, most of the time, that is).  I’ll also be the first to tell you that many of our classes have tests every couple of weeks because, realistically, how else are we supposed to show that we’ve learned about and understood topics such as dorsalization, cortical rotation, somatic cell nuclear transfer, and solution preparation calculations?  (Okay, I know there are ways, but even I – as test anxious as I am – agree that tests are the simplest way to show our professors our mastery of these and other topics.)

However, I can now say that I’m taking my first midterm exam.  Yes, you heard that correctly – I’m a junior, and I’m just now taking a midterm.  Usually in my biology and chemistry courses, we have “test 3″ while everyone else is crazily cramming for an exam covering eight weeks’ worth of material.  And yes, the information that we learn definitely builds; take organic chemistry for a perfect example.  But for me, whenever I’m studying for a test, I don’t feel like I’m trying to remember x-amount of weeks’ worth of information; I’m only really trying to remember what I’ve learned since the last test.  And usually, our tests are so frequent that there isn’t an ungodly amount of information left to learn.  (Realize that I’m talking about the amount of information, not the complexity of the information here.) 

But anyways, like I said, I’ll be taking my first “real” midterm.  It is in Plant Biology, and it will be next Friday.  My friend and fellow blogger, Carly, and I already have a study schedule figured out.  But I’m still nervous.  I’ve been asked to recall a whole semester’s worth of work at the end of the semester, but I’ve never been asked to recall eight weeks’ worth. 

So wish me luck on my midterm, and I’ll do the same for you.  I know I’ll be studying like crazy for plant – that is, after I take my developmental bio test on Tuesday and my bio seminar quiz on Wednesday.

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