It’s been a whole year since I posted and a bunch of things have changed. For one I graduated from Lawrence University and will be attending graduate school in couple of weeks so I’m really excited about that. Lil APOLLO (Air Pollutant Observation and Logging on Land by an Open source system) which is the name of the air pollutant monitor that I was working on. It underwent some major reconstruction as we had a couple of issues with it. However, I’m proud to say Lil APOLLO worked and the team that went on campaign was able to collect real time data. I attended up to about 3 symposiums presenting the data and I got some really great feedback.
So you are probably wondering what that title is about, well, I was missing working as a scientist during the summer and I wished I was back at Lawrence University tinkering away or figuring out how to fix some problem. I was back at home in Jamaica and because I was unable to get a chemistry related job my Mom had decided to grant me the opportunity to work at a bank. OMG. Let’s just say the financial world is not something I particularly enjoy. However, I think I’m learning how to be receptive to all types of personalities and to better able to assist persons when they are learning something new. One of my jobs was to assist customers at the ATM/ABM by teaching them how to use it. It’s always great to hear that they would like me to evaluate how they do next time.
I’m currently at my new graduate school and I’m excited for the future. I’m assisting my professor to design and create an instrument that can be used in surface chemistry applications. Which is so up my alley in the kind of chemistry I like to do! I’ll also be a Teaching Assistant for the first year chemistry labs which might be a little nerve wracking as I’ll be the only authoritative figure in the room.yikes. It’s been an awesome experience and I wish the current Donohoue research lab assistants all the best.