The above photo depicts what I woke up to nearly every morning for the past four years. That’s the St. Francis Residence Hall chapel, a place where my heart was slowly but radically transformed the past four years through spending time “just being” with the Lord without an agenda, through diligent and persistent meditation on the Word of God, and his movement in my heart and life.
If there is one thing that I have learned in my time at Franciscan, it is that God must think He is pretty funny. No seriously. I mean it. In high school my least favorite subject of all time was Chemistry (sorry Mrs. Herbig). I HATED Chemistry. Ok, well, not hated, but very strongly disliked. Now here I am approaching my senior year with one of my majors being Chemistry. Am I crazy? Well maybe. But here is how it came to be…
This past weekend, I was given the privilege of presenting some research at the American Chemical Society Student Member Symposium at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.
I was able to go with about five other students who were also involved…
It has been a couple weeks since my last blog post because I have been extremely busy… doing loads of research and teaching some of the organic chemistry labs.
If you were to tell me my freshman year that I would be able to teach some of the organic chemistry labs by my junior and senior year, I would have thought you were crazy. But, it’s a reality.
In a course of unexpected yet welcomed events, I am excited to say that I am preparing to head off to Haiti next week!
I found out about a mission trip to serve Haitian children in an orphanage, and my heart leaped outside of my chest at the thought of being able to serve and love them. I’m listening to my heart… I’ll be honest and say…
The Neglected Diseases/medicinal chemistry research team has certainly hit the floor running. We have reactions going day in and day out–literally. Most of our reactions actually end up going overnight so we can achieve a good yield. It’s really awesome to be doing science we enjoy that has a greater purpose: our work is for the poor.
The term “multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis” (MDR TB) is a term that I’ve become rather familiar with while studying here at Franciscan. MDR TB is a type of tuberculosis that doesn’t respond to the major TB-killing drugs we have today. What’s the bigger picture, though?
In order to get a degree in biology from Franciscan you have to give a seminar on some topic in biology. The topic of the seminar changes each semester, but this semester’s topic was a big departure from previous semesters. Previously the seminar would be on diseases and epidemics, water life, and other expected topics.
Classes, labs and research are most definitely back up and have been in full swing for a few weeks now! Right now, I am synthesizing the “core” of the molecule I am studying. What you see in that picture, although not too clearly, is me taking some water and adding it to the synthesized core (yellow, in my left hand).
Yesterday was the first day of classes. I’m taking nearly all biology classes, and I’ve got a packed schedule! It’s going to be a very busy semester. I’ll be in the lab at least 8 hours per week for my classes alone, and that doesn’t include the time I am putting in for my medicinal chemistry research. It’s a good thing I love this stuff!