July 30, 2008
Today the Summer Research Program officially comes to a close! The past two months have gone by so quickly – I can’t believe it’s already time to move out and head home for the rest of the summer. On our last day of work, Angelo and I finished up our individual outlines, made sure all of our files were saved and backed up on the computers, and organized the lab in preparation for our departure. We thanked Professor Hayaki for all of her guidance this summer – working in her lab has been both enlightening and enjoyable.
With everything wrapped up in Beaven, I finished loading up my car (making friends over the past two months definitely benefited me when I needed guys to help carry my refrigerator down to my car – thanks Adam and Dan!) and said my final goodbyes. First I said goodbye to Angelo – we definitely had fun working together this summer! It was also sad to say goodbye to my roommates, particularly because I won’t see Amy or Katie for over a year unless we visit one another while we’re abroad!
Thus, the end of summer research is definitely bittersweet. The program has afforded me the opportunity to immerse myself in a research environment where I’ve learned so much about the various aspects of and processes involved in conducting research. I’ve also made some amazing friends, had time to truly enjoy the Holy Cross campus and explore the local Worcester community, and to experience two additional months of HC life before studying abroad for a year. On the other hand, I’m excited to finally return home and be with my family and friends back in CT before I leave for Oxford on October 4th!
Thanks so much to Professor Hayaki and Angelo for their endless patience and help – this has been a wonderful summer. I look forward to presenting our work at the Summer Research Symposium in September! Also, thanks to all who have followed my blog – I hope everyone has a fabulous and restful summer!