Howdy, everyone! As always, a lot has been going on in the world of James Lioi.
I attended the Rochester Academy of Science Paper Session a few weeks ago. This year, I presented a poster on the genomic analysis of Staphylococcus in relation to bacteriophage. In lay terms, I searched through a database with sequenced genes and genomes and found genes that were identified with bacteriophage and made phylogenetic trees from that data. It was a different approach; normally, I haven't dealt with the computational side of science but it was very fascinating to find the amount of data available to the public.
I officially signed up for the MCAT! I know, it's freaky. I tell people that there is a big difference between saying “I am going to take the MCAT” and “I am taking the MCAT” that isn't noticed until you're put in that situation. However, I have the fortunate circumstance to work with a very capable classmate who signed up for the same date and place as I, so we will be working together in preparation for the biggest exam of our lives.
To the entire faculty at Niagara University, thank you! This past semester has really shown me how fortunate, blessed and lucky I am to have this group of scientists in particular. They truly want us to succeed and will help us along the way as much as possible. I owe so much and have been given so much by them that I cannot even begin to explain how thankful I am.
I have really taken a proactive stance in developing my chances of pursuing my education after finishing my undergraduate studies, and I believe it is evident amongst my professors. I feel bad for them sometimes because I constantly show up at their offices with questions or ideas and they always stop what they are doing and discuss them with me. Niagara University was the best decision of my life. Quote me in 30 years or display it everywhere, I will stand by that statement. My gratitude is unlimited and I hope to live up to these fine people.
Home, how I miss it. I haven't been away from home for this long during my entire college experience. I can't wait to see my little brother all grown up after being in college for nearly a semester, or my beautiful mother who I imagine is excited for her children to come home even if it is only brief.
I have a lot to be thankful for, truly. Thanksgiving is around the corner and it couldn't have better timing. I wish others felt the same way. It seems that every year Thanksgiving is pushed aside more and more in order to make room for Black Friday. It's disheartening that we are concerned about shopping for two more hours than we are spending time with loved ones. Then again, maybe some family's traditions are to go out shopping together. Either way, spend time with your loved ones. Life is too short.
I hate ending things too seriously so I leave you with this: Laugh! Smile! If you need help, ask me. My roommates will be the first to admit that I laugh at everything.
"Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance." - Samuel Johnson