Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Natalie started another rotation up in Show Low, which means I have to figure out what to do with myself for a month until she gets back. This rotation is going to be a lot tougher than the last; over the summer I could go up to Show Low and hang out all week, so we got to see each other a lot. I have classes I can't miss this time around, so we might get to see each other on weekends, but Natalie is supposed to be studying for her mid-year exams, and I'm going on a few more trips for work, so we're not really sure how much time we'll get to spend together.

A lot of people have been asking me how my classes are going, and the only thing I can think of to tell them is that they're "ok..." There's really not a whole lot to report: chances are you wouldn't understand it if I tried to explain it (not only because it usually involves scary-complicated math, but because a lot of the time I'm not sure I understand it myself). So suffice it to say school is going ok.

I work as a TA for one of the undergraduate bioengineering courses, and the lab instructor might take me on as a grad student in his research lab. He works on MRI, specifically making different contrast agents to highlight specific structures in the body. I am seriously toying with the idea of getting a doctorate, but I'm still a ways off in actually making that decision. I have to find a project I can get excited about, and since my lab instructor has been out with the swine flu, things have been on hold until I'm confident he's not contagious (in a slightly unrelated note, one of the things we're doing in my math class is calculating the conditions necessary for a contagion to become an epidemic. Stay tuned for details).

Other than that life has been pretty mellow.