After seeing a few more personal posts, I realized just how much I love learning about the lives of other bloggers. As a result, I decided that I’d occasionally share a bit of my life with you in a new feature called “Life Outside the Page.” I’d really love it if you participated along with me — that way I can get to know all of you a little bit better! And, of course, if you have any requests as to what I should talk about in an upcoming Life Outside the Page post, those are always welcome! : )
When I was younger, I kept changing my mind about what I wanted to do when I grew up. I went through a phase of wanting to be a teacher, a squeegee kid (I honestly don’t even know how I thought that was a viable career option), and even a paleontologist (I blame my obsessive love for The Land Before Time). It wasn’t until I was given a chemistry set when I was about seven or eight that I realized that science was actually pretty cool, and after my puppy Wigeon had to be put down, I realized that what I wanted to do more than anything was to be a veterinarian.
Flash forward a few years to my high school biology classes. Between genetics, learning about the human body, and dissections, I found something that I was incredibly interested in learning more and more about. I applied to university (which was probably one of the most difficult and scary decisions of my life so far), was accepted everywhere I applied, toured so many campuses, and finally decided that I wanted to go to the University of Waterloo for biology.
I’m currently halfway through my second year there, and I absolutely love it! I’ve gotten to take a lot of really interesting courses, including zoology, and microbiology. Even though we weren’t technically supposed to, I took a few pictures of the lab components of these courses, since they’re easily some of my favourite parts of my university career so far — and not just because I have a neat tie-dyed lab coat.
On the left, there’s a petri plate containing some lovely pathogens. This one didn’t have too many on it, which was kind of a relief given that we had to count the ones on the plate to determine the number of colony forming units/mL of broth culture. On the right, there’s a picture of the starfish that I got to dissect first term last year. It was really neat seeing just how different these creatures are from us!
In third year I get to start my animal physiology specialization, which means that I get to take almost all animal-related courses for the rest of my university life. I won’t have to take any more chemistry or math… just biology and whatever electives I decide on and even more biology. I’m really looking forward to it!