Sunday, July 27, 2014

Time Management is Everything

Oyin woke me up at 8:30 AM this morning to eat breakfast. It was a great breakfast, which I think might have been due to the new summer program that arrived today. I had waffles with syrup, potatoes, bagel with cream cheese, fruit, and turkey bacon (read: carbs on carbs on carbs). Afterwards, I went to the Crerar library with Oyin and worked on my book report on embryonic stem cells. We stayed there for about six hours straight! We worked so hard we missed lunch.
Spent 6 hours working at one of these cubicles with Oyin

I was so proud once I finished my book report. The walk back to South Campus was much welcome—it helped me stretch out my numb limbs.

I did what any person working on four hours of sleep would do—I took a nap. The college students I’ve met on alumni dinners are right, naps have become my best friend.

Oyin woke me up at around 5:30 to get dinner. Since we skipped lunch, dinner was much needed. I had a salad, fries, macaroni and cheese, ice cream, fruit, and tea. I went back to my room, edited my book report, found a biotechnology article (that I’ll present tomorrow in class) about scientists recently sequencing African rice and an inedible wild South American tomato. African rice is more drought resistant than Asian rice, and the South American tomato has genes linked to dehydration resistance, fruit development, and ripening. Sequencing of the South American tomato is already being used to improve the common tomato through interbreeding, and may help breed tastier, more stress-tolerant tomatoes.
Oryza glaberrima, or African rice

After finishing that, I went out of my room for study break (we had homemade pizzas! They were so good) and ended up studying with other people. We stayed in the Halperin lounge and did our work. I was able to get some reading material done early! Staying at UChicago really is improving my time-management skills. I’m glad I got a lot of work done today; I’ll be able to have more time to relax or study later on this week.
Halperin lounge
 I took a study break after finishing the reading assignment. After finishing this blog, I’m done for the day! I might even have time to watch a movie or have a full seven hours’ worth of sleep! What I learned today: Time management is everything! It all pays off in the end.

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