So it’s been a while since I last wrote. I feel like I keep saying that but this time, it’s like really true. This last week has been so busy with studying for a midterm this Friday, taking small day trips here and there, and just trying to enjoy Cambridge for the last few days I’m here. It’s been an adventure, and I’m really disappointed it’s coming to an end, even if I do get to go to the supposedly amazing city of Stockholm.
The day after I last wrote was Friday, and basically that day was spent in lecture and studying. But after all of that, we had a small dinner party with a few of the graduate students here at Cambridge. It was a total blast, and I was able to talk to a few about their work and what they thought about going to school here since that’s something I’m now seriously considering. They were all super sweet and really fun. We had the dinner in a small bar that none of us knew was hidden across the hall from our classroom (and it was relatively cheap, so that was really cool). Some of the people I talked to I really felt I connected with, and I think I made some good friends that night. After the dinner, we all went out to a karaoke bar which was absolutely hilarious. The rest of the night was spent in good spirits and we all really got to enjoy each other’s company.
Unfortunately, after a long night, a few of us had to wake up really early to catch a bus for a day tour trip to the city of Bath and Stonehenge. For those who may not have heard of it, Bath is a fairly large city situated in the middle of a valley not far from Bristol. It was where Roman soldiers found hot springs that were believed to cure illness. The architecture of the baths were well thought out and really well made. The city was also cool because it was the home of Jane Austen, one of my favorite authors. After Bath we drove to Stonehenge which is one of those places I’ve always heard about but never really knew anything about. But I was so surprised. It was probably one of the coolest things I think I’ve ever seen. It took over 10 years for the people to make the rocks, which they had to move manually over like 40 km, and then another who-knows-how-long time to actually build the sculpture. The story behind it is really cool but it’s sort of long so I won’t explain it here, but I strongly encourage you all to look it up and read about it, and if you ever get the chance to see it in real life, definitely go!
Sunday we went punting which is when someone stands up on a boat and uses a giant pole to move the boat through the water. It’s way harder than it looks so it was actually really comical. The rest of the day was just hanging out and shopping and studying since we knew all had a busy week ahead of us.
Monday we had class all day. Tuesday we visited the Sanger Institute which is a very large genetics research center which is responsible for a large portion for sequencing the human genome when it was first attempted fairly recently. They had a different method for graduate school which they do through Cambridge so it was cool to talk to some graduate students and learn how that system works. I feel like this trip is really opening up my options to further my education and I’m really happy that I’ve been given this opportunity. This trip has become more than just a class for my major, but I’ve been networking and exploring. I can’t wait to see what the future holds now that I kind of know where I want to go. I’ve also been able to learn more about the different aspects of genetics and found what I’m really interested in. Wednesday (today) was spent again in lecture and tutoring because we have two days until the midterm which is starting to make everyone feel nervous and so we spent all night studying. I feel good about it though so I’m actually really excited because I get to show everything I’ve learned.
Overall, even though it’s been a busy week, I’ve been having a really awesome time with all the people here and all the genetics information I’m learning. I’m sad to be leaving because I’ve really felt a connection with Cambridge and I have the feeling that I got when I first visited Davis; it’s this feeling of belonging and I really hope that in the future I’ll be able to come back and that I’ll be able to study for a lot longer than 2 weeks.