Monday, October 31, 2016

When in doubt, wear a costume...

With November approaching, fall in New Orleans has come into full swing. Seeing this city transform for the highly coveted holiday of Halloween elucidated just how much the people who live here enjoy dressing up in costume. They’ll take just about any reason to do so, and it’s starting to catch up to me. Sure, I own a few costumes, but I think I’ll need to invest in a few more if I am to stay here until next summer.

This past month, I have continued my work with KIPP Leadership Academy. As I have continued to spend more time there, I have gotten to know the people who run the day-to-day operations at the school. As they told me, seeing our faces when we stroll in on Friday always puts them in a good mood. A part of me wants to think that is because we have helped out so much, but I’d be hesitant if I didn’t suspect that it is because we come in on Fridays and signal the end of the week for them. Nonetheless, this month I got to harness my creative side and help teachers with some of their classroom decorations, and of course continued with the seemingly month-long book copying project. Though the tasks they have us doing may appear trivial, everyone is always so grateful and never let our work go unappreciated.

This month I was also fortunate enough to start my work in Dr. Katakam’s lab, which currently focuses on cerebral microvascular endothelial cells and the integrity of the Blood Brain Barrier in healthy and hypoxic conditions. I am eager and excited to continue and expand my basic research experience under such an intelligent and compassionate mentor.

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