Usually when I’m out and about meeting new people and tell them I earned a degree in biological engineering I usual get “ew.” Mostly think I do it for the money thay this degree brings, which is not true. Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Keep in mind that I was a C average student and nowhere near wanting to study biology. I had interest in the science, but I never thought I was smart enough to obtain a science degree. It was really a miracle that I was accepted into LSU. Like most colleges, LSU is set up where you can’t declare a major your freshman year. At that time, I really didn’t know what I wanted to choose as my major. That semester I took sixteen credit hours. Two of those classes were both the lecture and the lab for biology. I hated the lecture, it just reminded me of highschool all over again. In the lab it was a totally different story. I enjoy working with the equipment, making wet mounts and doing experiments. After awhile the biology lab is what I looked forward to every week. One day, I made a wet slide of a plant. I clamped the wet slide to the electron microscope, focused it and I was blown away! I could see all the green dots (chloroplast) moving within the cell. To me it was pretty damn cool to see the disk-like structure that is responsible for capturing light and using it to change carbon dioxide from the air we breathe into usable sugars for the cell in a process known as photosynthesis. Sitting around after class I finally felt like I’ve found what I want to do. Eventually, I would commit to biological engineering.
Getting this degree was definitely a journey. It consumed me and totally changed my lifestyle. Like I said, I was never the really smart guy. I had to study my ass off and doing internships to get some experience when I got closer to graduating. Sometimes, I feel like it costed me relationships with my significant others at the time and weakened my bonds with friends and family. I was so stress during the semesters because there was so much to learn. In the end, it was all worth it. Now I’m working as a research assistant. I’m so blessed I get to say “I don’t got to go to work.” Instead I’m saying, “I get to go to work.”
It doesn’t matter where I go, but when I meet new people they’re so surprise that I work as a researcher assistant at a university. Reason being, “you don’t look the type.” Why? Is it because I have tattoos? Is it the way I dress?
I understand why people do it, since elementary school we’ve all learn to label people. You take a look at someone from what they wear, who they’re with, what their body language says and off of that you pretty much made your mind up if you like this person or not. During my graduation at LSU one speaker said “As we venture into our careers remember that your job don’t define who you are as a person. It just the way you earn your living….. Graduating from LSU doesn’t define who are as a person. It’s just a place we all went for our higher education.” At that point of time, it’s definitely needed to hear. For so long I told people ” I’m in the Army National Gaurd.” “I go to LSU” “I’m from Louisiana” when asked for my bio. When there’s so much more to me.
It’s okay if you give me that look of disgust. That you think I’m fake because I don’t wear high waters with suspenders. That I love doing things that isn’t nerdy or geeky. There’s plenty of people that got to know me on a very personal level. You just have to deal with it, not me.
Still have 4 days at work until the Christmas and New years. We’re pretty much done cleaning around the lab and wrapping up the last few experiments that’s going on. During all the this free time, I was thinking on how small our world is and as a species we’re probably only beginning to scratch the surface when it comes to understanding the universe. Then I found this gem that pretty much explains what im feeling.
Man has done an outstanding job conquering our biomes and wildlife here on Earth, but it’s just Earth…. If that makes any sense at all.
Let me back track. The only reason why I’m in deep thought about this is because of the blunders of some late scientist. Darwin got evolution right, but his ideas on how individual traits we’re inherited out to be way off. And then there’s the chemist Linus Pauling, winner of the Nobel Prize. His model for DNA had almost everything that you can think of wrong with it. It had three stands instead of two, it was built inside out and it basically violated some basic rules of chemistry. Also, physicists around the world was in disbelief when news from Geneva, Switzerland that Einstein might be wrong after recent experiments, but a lot say that the physicists goofed and made mistakes when conducting that experiment. The debate still continues. Remember, along with the Quantum theory, relativity is the foundation of modern physics.
With all that being said, all of the men I talked about are brilliant. Humans are far from perfect. To them, I’m just a humble researcher assistant nerd that conducts cancer research for a university. I doubt that either you or me could achieve as much as they did during their lifetime, but that don’t mean we should not try. I personally think we have so much more to acheieve. Stuff like this makes me want to go back to grad school.
Well…. I hope I made some sense. My thoughts may seem to be everywhere, but that what happens when I have a nerdgasm.