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Sep102013

My overall Hooker Lab experience/personal updates

Since I've been back home I've had to undergo a number of immediate changes to adjust to being back in Mississippi. It felt great to be able to get in my car and drive to a given location in 10-15 minutes versus taking hours to commute using the T. However, I do miss the weather in Boston as it is unbelievably hot and humid here. Before I left Jacob and I had a discussion on coffee and caffeine and why it seemed to have the effects of making me tired. To help me answer this question I decided to conduct an experiment on myself. I've tried different types of coffee and analyzed the effects I experienced from caffeine. I believe I have found why I seemed to be tired after drinking coffee. I found that sugary coffee drinks make me extremely sleepy, while sugar free coffee gets me wired and has increased my ability to focus. I have even taken quantitative data (blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and pulse) to try to find when I am at my highest mental functionality while studying. Doing this has helped me tremendously in more ways than one.

Working with Jacob and Emily this summer has truly opened my mind and I've noticed how differently I think about things in the academic setting. I've found myself asking more questions from my professors, and truly analyzing the concepts I'm learning in my classes. My Biochemistry professor even asked me to give the class a lecture on Epigenetics and talk about some of the work I did this summer! I feel much more confident going forward and hopefully I will get into a good graduate school where I can continue to push myself mentally. Overall, I'm extremely grateful and humbled by this experience. I've learned so much and have made great friends in the process. Me and Emily still keep in contact with updates on everything we have going on with research and personal endeavours. I'm really thankful to have had the opportunity to work with her this summer as she is highly intelligent, a great teacher, and a not so bad poker player. So, I would like to end by saying thank you to Jacob and Emily so much for pushing me. This summer I have learned so much and it has truly made a difference in my studies and in my life overall. 

-William B. Taylor

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Very nice, thanks

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlanya Emlak

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