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Monday, February 25, 2013

 

Hey everyone!

Sorry I’ve been so terrible at posting! I know you all are anxious to see what I’ve been up to in Boulder! Unfortunately, there’s so much to do that I forget about blogging sometimes! Luckily for me, when I’m forgetting to blog, I’m doing fun things to blog about later. For example, the past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity.

Two weekends ago (2/16, AKA my half birthday), I went snowboarding with my good friend Jackie. Me and Jackie go way back, all the way to our General Chemistry lab and lecture class freshman year. We would mess around in lab and talk in the back of lecture, but we were always talking about science, so I figure it was all good.

We actually had the good luck to get Dr. Thomas Cech as our professor, which is spectacular because he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1989 while teaching at CU-Boulder for research involving self-catalyzing RNA molecules. If that’s gibberish to you, don’t worry, you’ll learn all about it in Biochemistry II. Besides being a very smart man, Dr. Cech was (and I assume still is) a down to earth, very approachable professor who really cares about the students that he’s teaching. He actually stepped down from heading the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (a very prestigious position) specifically to come back and teach undergraduate students. He had numerous non-traditional lectures where we viewed demonstrations of various concepts as he performed attention-grabbing experiments at the front of the classroom. So enough bragging about that class!

Jackie and I went up to Breckenridge to get in on some of the powder that I had missed out on for a few weeks. Unfortunately, I have Mondays and Wednesdays off from class, while Jackie has Tuesdays and Thursdays off, so we can only go skiing on Saturdays, which are the most crowded days of the week. And to top that off it was President’s Day weekend! So the mountain was extremely crowded with folks from all over the place (I even saw some fellow Texans), but we still managed to find some space because Breckenridge is pretty big. It was also a gorgeous day, so we didn’t mind waiting in line too much. Check out my pictures below to see some of the fun we had.

Then, this past weekend, I went to Las Vegas with a few of my fraternity brothers for a regional convention for all of the western chapters (California, Arizona, Washington, and Oregon schools mainly). We had a ton of fun, but I will share those stories/pictures for a separate post so you can digest this one! Check back later this week and I’ll have it up. 

Me at the top of Breckenridge's Imperial Bowl, the top of North America! 

Yes, we still talk about chemistry and science everywhere, including the lifts!

Mike
Biochemistry, Atmospheric/Oceanic Studies (ATOC) minor • Austin, Texas

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