The BIG New Journey

I have been trying to think of where to start this new chapter in my writing. Previously, my blog was all about the life of an undergraduate. Now it is going to be all about the life of a graduate (obviously) trying to find her way in this crazy world. This is a little trickier for me because the past four years, my mind was focused on graduating with my bachelors degree. Everything I did kind of contributed to that. Now that I have done that, what happens? I guess we will find out one day. I am going to share journeys of The Overwhelmed Graduate because I believe that the journey is more important than the destination. I promise, these journeys will be out of order sometimes, but I will let you know when they happened! They will include career related, travel, cooking, and anything else that I want to share!

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One of the first new journeys of The Overwhelmed Graduate I would like to share is my new big girl job. I accepted a Laboratory Technician position at The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). I never expected to be working in research. I always thought that I would be a Veterinarian working with horses all day. Now I will be a laboratory member; reading papers, doing experiments, and working with laboratory animals. Once I realized I didn’t want to be a Veterinarian, I decided that I wanted to get a feel for research. Since then, I have wanted to work at UMMS and I can’t believe it is actually happening.

Disclaimer: I won’t talk about the research I will be doing until I know if I can share certain things or not.

Once I am cleared from Employee Health on Tuesday, I should be able to start. I am so excited that I can’t sleep. The amazing thing about working in research is that you are receiving an education as well (providing your laboratory team wants to teach you). What I mean by this is you are constantly learning. New techniques, new animal usages and protocols, new updates on diseases, medications, biotechnology, etc., just to name a few. The possibilities are endless. This is what intrigued me about research, and I am excited for the learning to begin.

I decided that before I graduated college I had to get experience in a laboratory. Last semester I got an internship at UMMS. It was like a dream come true. Although I didn’t get to spend too much time there (due to classes and work), I learned so much. My internship gave me the confidence to know that I am heading in the right direction. This is a career that I will be happy to go to every day. I am excited to triple my weekly laboratory time and learn so many new things.

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