One year down, four or so to go
Yesterday I assembled the engine that we had worked on all semester in Machine Shop. We used milling machines, lathes, bandsaws, and also a CNC milling machine, as well as our hands all semester to machine these parts. I was so at home in class, it always smelled just like my father’s shop. The completion of this adorable (hey, I’m 39 weeks pregnant, everything is cute!) machine marks the official end of my first academic year as a Graduate student. Wooooo Hooooo.
I only had one final; it was a marathon of math problems that I couldn’t finish in 3 hours. That professor challenged us all semester long with coding and problems; it was great. I learned a ton all of my classes this semester and I think my brain and curiosity have made a nice transition away from grade-seeking cramming to genuine inquisitive practices this year. I can’t wait to start research and continue to learn even more about lasers, spectroscopy, and nanotubes. It has been hard being away from research this year for sure. I have a lot to look forward to after my parental leave which starts as soon as our little girl decides to make her grand entrance.
Jacob and I went out to dinner last night with a great big group of other first years. I had a lot of fun celebrating the end of our beginning together as friends and chemists and Yalies. I’m so happy we are here. I’m so happy it is spring. And I’m so happy that my baby girl is coming to increase the joy in my life even more.