Oh my god.

Feb. 25th, 2009 02:54 pm
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I love my microscope.
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Looking at a worm. It's about the size of a hair, about as long as my pinky nail is wide. I can see its organs pumping in its body. How can I see this, you ask? Well... With my NEW MICROSCOPE!! My mom got me a motherfucking microscope! It's a stereo microscope. So, not the kind with the stage and 4 different lenses (that's a compound microscope).  It's not necessarily for looking at cells really closely, which I do definitely want to be able to do in my next microscope, but more for the surface of things. And I can see the cells in a leaf, but not the parts of the cell.. just the walls.
This is so freaking exciting. I'm going to start shoving everything under the microscope. Already I've been looking at bones, rubber bands, my skin, shells, water from the cove -- which includes lots of living things... I don't know how to classify the things I'm looking at, and I have a feeling my beginning biology for science majors class probably didn't cover that quite thoroughly enough. All in due time...

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Feb. 23rd, 2009 12:15 pm
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I think I finally figured out what I want to do! It's very exciting to me, now I have to see if it sticks and if Evergreen has a program for it. I want to be a plant pathologist. I LOVE the microscope, and tree diseases (well, parasites, really) are what got me interested in biology in the first place. I wonder if I could somehow minor, or double major, in entomology...?

I feel really excited right now. I want to go back to school immediately, but that's not exactly an option -- I have to wait a year in WA to get residency. Erp.

I mean come on... What is more perfect for me than this? From Wikipedia:

Plant pathology (also phytopathology) is the scientific study of plant diseases caused by pathogens (infectious diseases) and environmental conditions (physiological factors). Organisms that cause infectious disease include fungi, bacteria, viruses, viroids, virus-like organisms, phytoplasmas, protozoa, nematodes and parasitic plants. Not included are insects, mites, vertebrate or other pests that affect plant health by consumption of plant tissues. Plant pathology also involves the study of the identification, etiology, disease cycle, economic impact, epidemiology, how plant diseases affect humans and animals, pathosystem genetics and management of plant diseases.



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I love biology. and it's going to be SO HARD!! (That "SO HARD!!" is to be read with an excited smile.)
I'm so ready for this challenge. Seriously. Last term was way too easy, and so I lagged when I should have been studying and being an active learner. My bio instructor is a totally adorable chubby femme with incredibly cute fashion, who I'm reading as queer so far. She's a ballbuster about cell phones and in-class etiquette. Thank god. On top of that, she's completely on top of her game with the information, and all our materials and resources.
Fuck. Yes. I think that she and poom poom should be friends. And that makes me pretty much love her.


Anyhow... Now I have a little break. I'm going to spend it making a plan for studying Biology, because the shit is flying SO fast during class, and she gives us access to all the powerpoint stuff. I think I should actually print it out and keep a binder for lecture on top of my binder for lab. It seems almost excessive, but this is stuff that I will keep forever. Man. Have I mentioned how excited i am about this? I'm also very grateful that chemistry is not on the same day. It's so much new stuff. I've never taken biology (maybe freshman year in HS, but I got a d and spent most of that year suspended), and have no chemistry either.
Kay. i'm gonna go do that binder thing, and eat my roasted veggies and quinoa lunch. Yum.
  

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