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Semester Wrapping Up

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

 

Every year the return from Thanksgiving is accompanied by a wrapping up of school and extra-curricular activities. Projects come to a (stressful) close, banquets are held, and awards given.

For me personally, this means my biochemistry lab group project is finishing up, but requiring more effort than ever. My group and I basically have to string together the past 4 or 5 weeks of experiments into one group presentation, and also write up said presentation as a scientific journal-caliber paper. It’s tough. I’d explain what all we did, but it’s very complicated. Basically, we were given an unknown molecule and had to figure out its identity. Once we did that, we had to create a custom experiment to highlight why our molecule is unique and interesting. And now we have to write it all up! As a biochemistry major, it’s actually very interesting to me, if very time consuming.

My other classes are much less interesting than biochemistry lab (at least to me), so I’ll skip them and talk about my extra-curricular wrap-ups. Every December, the Greek community gets together for Greek Awards. The awards range from Most Improved Chapter to Most Outstanding Senior to Best Philanthropy Event, and more. This year, I was fortunate enough to win an Academic Achievement award for having the highest GPA in my chapter. It was very cool to receive the award in front of the entire community and highlight my academic achievements, which haven’t come easily! My chapter (Alpha Epsilon Pi) also won Most Improved Chapter, which is huge for us, because we’ve been slowly growing and gaining momentum here at CU-Boulder the entire time I’ve been here. It’s very nice to get some recognition for all of my and my brothers’ hard work. And we all get to dress up all classy, which is always fun.

I’ll have more on this next event, but the Student Ambassador banquet is next week. We’ll recognize our outstanding guides and members and have a ton of fun at a restaurant, Old Chicago, down on Pearl St. Stay tuned for that!

My awesome Academic Achievement award!

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

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