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Biology and Chemistry

Religious Studies

Getting lost in a great novel.
Going on walks throughout campus and along the gorge.
Undertaking spontaneous activities/events.
Acrobatic Yoga.

President of Niagara University Men's Club Soccer
Research Assistant
Peer Tutor
Student Panel Leader
Summer/Fall Orientation Leader
Teacher's Assistant/Recitation Leader
Member of Biology Club, Circle K, American Chemical Society (ACS)

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Round Three

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Round three. Junior year. It is almost surreal how my undergraduate career is already halfway over, but I have enjoyed every second of it. I may have said this before but writing this blog is very reflective for me. It gives me a chance to sit down and think about what I've accomplished, what I've struggled with, and how I'm dealing with it all. There is so much that has happened to me since last semester, I barely even know how to begin.

First off, I had to say goodbye to some very close friends that graduated. Having lived two years with the graduating class, I developed strong relationships with them and it is still strange not having them around on campus anymore. But I know they are all paving their way in the world and I am proud to call them my friends.

Freshman Orientation again was an amazing experience! I truly enjoy helping make the transition from seniors in high school to freshmen in college smoother and more exciting for the students, and I hope that I played my part well. Now that I've been a part of it for two years, I feel like I know more people who are younger than me than I do those are my own age, which is odd at times.

I moved into a house off campus! Unfortunately, that meant having less time with my family and friends back in Ohio, but it makes that time I do have with them even more special than before. Plus, my roommates, as much as I want to strangle them sometimes, are two of my best friends and create a chaotic and crazy environment which I love at home. There is never a dull moment with those two.

Most recently, the B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences opened! I was a part of a group of students that met and talked with Mr. Golisano during the reception and what an experience. Even though we didn't talk “science,” the fact that I was able to meet the man that had a huge impact on the building's construction and thus on my own future was truly an honor. Any success I have will be due in part to his contribution. If you ever read this Mr. Golisano, thank you!

Now that I am in my third year I have so much going on, in and out of the classroom. I'm working on my second degree, chemistry, and it's quite different from biology. The thought process beside everything has changed and I can feel my mind beginning to analyze questions differently. My biochemistry class has to be the highlight of my semester - no offense, Dr. Goacher. It's combining all the disciplines that fascinate me into one group of... how do I put this... nerdiness! It's organic chemistry for the human body, I love it.

Everything that I've been working towards is starting to come together from shadowing a doctor to putting my name out there for potential medical and graduate schools. It's a lot of work but it's exciting at the same time. I think I've called my mom more times in the past week than I have all summer because of everything happening. Those stars I was dreaming of freshman year are within my grasp now: all I have to do is reach out and grab them now.

I feel like there is so much more but I have to go tutor, my student is getting angry with me. So to everyone that has been a part of my life thus far, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have a lot to do but I'm getting there.

”˜til next time”¦



 James Lioi