Freedom Approaches

At last, the time has almost come when summer school ends and my actual summer begins. Now, you probably won’t consider two weeks enough time for enjoyment—but hey, you take what you can get! I just want to hang out with my brother and play Dungeon Siege on the PS3! Unfortunately we already watched all of the Dr. Who 11th season episodes that are out…we are waiting on the next ones. Dr. Who is SO amazing.

Unfortunately I have to keep this post short because I have a whole lot of studying to do. Darn chemistry likes to eat people for dinner, ahem. I finished writing my research paper for English 222 though! I’m excited to take English 212 (Fiction) in the fall, although I haven’t taken English 240 yet and apparently that’s a pre-requisite on the UIC Undergraduate Catalog. I’m just going to assume it’s false though because I asked around the writing center and everyone says you only need English 161.

Anyway, I guess I’ll post up my tentative schedule for the fall semester! I’m still going to volunteer with Rush and do research at the Applied Health Sciences building, but with the former I’ll be working more from home because it’s a hassle to walk all the way over there and find out I’m just stapling 2000 pages of paper (not fun). I asked my supervisor if I could move onto more meaningful things like writing papers or something. I originally got affiliated with this department (Rush Institute for Healthy Aging) because they needed someone to make a t-shirt design for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. From there, things just kind of added on and soon I made the logos, the posters, the flyers, you name it. Now, doing all of that for free was a bit too much. If you paid a person who worked for a graphics department company, you would probably have to pay at least 800 dollars. I did it for free. I don’t know why, but I guess I just don’t like taking money from people. Then again, they never offered. Ah whatever. I entered the UIC Maurice Prize Competition with the stuff I made. I didn’t win, but that’s okay. I can try again next year!

I am planning on getting credit for research this fall so that I can be eligible for the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award. It would really help out with paying for college and they even give a bonus to my PI, which he really needs because our lab needs it. Seriously, a little box of RT-PCR Thermoscript thing was about 300 dollars. Crazy.

Anyway, back to my tentative schedule:

CHEM 232 – Organic Chemistry I
BIOS 222 – Cell Biology
HN 196 – Human Nutrition
HON 201 – Music Therapy and Music Medicine I
ENGL 212 – Introduction to the Writing of Fiction
ASST 270 – Sex, Love, and Marriage of Asians

The last class just sounded interesting. I hope it’s not too much work though because those top three classes are probably going to drive me into a hermit-living style! I might drop it because this is already at 17 credit hours, and I’ll be added 1 credit hour (more like 3 but you can only sign up for 18 credits max) for the independent research thing so I can hopefully get paid for research. Oh man, and I also might be a volunteer writing center tutor. Dang, next year I have an officer position in Society of Future Physicians. I’m excited to work with the nearby high schools to conduct presentations about health, but man it will be lots of work (by the way, I totally made that banner on the website header hehe). Jeez, and I have my regular part-time job from UIC Campus Housing as the web aide. I hope I can keep everything together!

Gah. Need to study…or maybe I will sleep…Tomorrow morning I am going to attend the Inaugural American College of  Wound Healing and Tissue Repair Conference at the UIC Forum. There will probably be lots of important people there and I’ll probably end up being the youngest again! I actually attended one of these seminars last year because I wanted to see one of the PI’s I searched at ure.uic.edu just to make sure he wasn’t some mad scientist or something, haha. And what do you know, he is my research PI at the moment and will continue to be in the next three years that I’m here at UIC! (:

Wow. Guess this post wasn’t as short as I predicted. This just shows you that I need to stay away from the computer when I study. Good luck to anyone taking their summer school finals! Crud, I better start taking down my stuff in my room at PSR because I have to move on Friday night! I plan on going to a Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert at Ravinia with my mom Saturday night and then Sunday I plan on going to Six Flags with some friends because I haven’t gone the entire summer! Raging Bull, here I come.

So much to do, and so little time…

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About Milie Fang, Biological Sciences / Pre-medicine

I am a senior and an acclaimed workaholic. While I like to keep busy academically, I really enjoy the simple pleasures of hanging out with friends and family, playing video games, or listening to music. When life seems to go well, allergies and eczema like to butt in and make me miserable. I hope to go into medicine so that I can have a better understanding of skin and the immune system to help myself, and to also help others facing the same problems I have faced since I was three.

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  1. Michelle Geddes says:

    Milie please contact me ASAP. Thanks!