Thursday is always the busiest day of my week. Usually, this ends up being a bad thing, but today I actually ended up having an awesome day. Here’s a rundown:
The “E” on Main Mall was painted today in honour of Movember. Made me smile.8 am –
For SCIE 113, we had an assignment to interview a researcher.
That’s how my friend Quinne and I ended up in Dr. Roy Turkington’s office in the Biodiversity building this morning, listening to a story about one of his colleagues getting chased down by a jaguar while doing field work in the Serengeti. For anyone who thought botany research was boring, think again. A lot of the plant talk went right over my head, but it was great to find out more about some of the research that is going on at UBC, and I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who was more excited while talking about plant communities. For more information on Dr. Turkington’s research, check out his lab website
. Added bonus, we finished with the interview with just enough time to make a breakfast run to Timmie’s in the Forestry building.
9:30 am – Time for the most dreaded part of my day: an hour and a half of calculus, also known as the class that makes time stand still. Today was made even worse than average due to a student teacher who kept mispronouncing “tangent” (it’s a soft G!) and the unusually low temperature in class. I ended up wrapping my circle scarf around my head in a desperate attempt to hold onto my body heat, attracting a lot of weird stares from the people around me.
The womb. I’m willing to bet at least half the people on those benches are sleeping…
11 am – Naptime isn’t just for kindergardeners anymore. Freezing and mentally drained from calculus, I walked over to the Aquatic Centre for a well-deserved nap on the stretches of carpeted benches overlooking the pool, aptly named “the womb”. It’s so cozy and warm up there, and something about the smell of chlorine and the sound of the water makes my eyelids feel instantly heavier…zzzzzz.
12 pm – Wake up just in time for class. Grab a Marbelous cookie and cafe mocha from Blue Chip in the SUB. Sugar and caffeine, always a good combination.
12:30 pm – SCIE 113 Science and Society Speaker Series. Today’s presenter was Lisa Johnson, a reporter for CBC Vancouver and a UBC Science alum. Her talk focused on the connections between investigative reporting and the scientific method, and discussed how her journalism benefits from her science background. It really demonstrated that many things we’re learning in SCIE 113, such as how to evaluate claims and use different forms of evidence, can be applicable to all kinds of real-world issues. I also found her career path particularly interesting since I’ve been considering going into scientific journalism lately. For more information on Lisa’s talk, read this post from her blog.
In Chem 121, we answer life’s big questions, like “what’s in grape Kool Aid?” Ohhhh yeahhhh.
2 pm – Chem labs freak me out. You’re not actually given a step-by-step procedure; you need to read through your lab manual and figure out the experimental design for yourself. Then, when you get to the lab, you have 10 minutes to write a quiz on the material, and then you’re on your own for the next 3 hours. Super intimidating. Also, I had a mishap with a titration a couple weeks ago that left my self-confidence in the lab seriously shaken. I actually enjoyed today’s experiment, though, and managed to get through it without completely screwing up. We took Grape Kool Aid, and through a bunch of fancy lab techniques were able to determine which food dyes were used to colour it, and what their concentrations were. I won’t bore you with all the nerdy details, but at one point you could actually see the red and blue dye bands separating out of the Kool Aid. I wish I could’ve taken a picture, but cell phones aren’t allowed in the lab. It was cool though. You’ll just have to trust me on that one.
5:30 pm – Dinner with my KU 2 ladies in the Vanier dining hall. I had the most awesome lasagna I’ve ever tasted outside of Italy for dinner tonight (I was really hungry though, so my judgement might have been compromised). Also, Leigh, one of the UBC Food Services employees, told me he feels like “we’re tight” since I always choose his register over all the other ones. We sure are, Leigh. We sure are.
6:30 pm – KU House Council meeting in the lounge. We made “tombstones” for those who have perished in sock wars so far and came up with a variety of creative deaths, including “overdosed on candy from Hubbard’s”. There’s also a winter formal dinner and dance in the works for the last day of classes. Get pumped, Vanier.
8 pm – Biked to meet Melinda at IKBLC, where we desperately attempted to wrap our heads around wavefunctions before our chem quiz tomorrow morning. We mainly wasted a bunch of time trying to imitate our prof’s British accent, but we figured things out in the end.
And now, I’m lying on my way-too-high bed, trying to keep my eyes open as I finish this blog post at 1 am. Now that’s dedication, folks. Goodnight, UBC!