After a whirlwind couple of days, I'm writing this from my apartment in Ithaca! As I reflect on my summer, I can't help but think about how lucky I was to have the opportunity to live and work in Philadelphia. My internship at Penn was absolutely nothing like I expected it to be, but I've come to realize that this made it even better than I thought it could have been. I learned to deal with adversity and failure, and I also experienced the happiness that comes with success and perseverance. I also surprised myself with how quickly I adapted to city life; within a week of moving to Philly, this country girl was riding the subways and navigating the city streets like a pro!
My internship ended on a good note. On Thursday, I gave a presentation on my work at a symposium to mark the end of the USSP program. My presentation went very well, and it was also fun to hear about the work that the other interns did this summer! I was very impressed by everyone's presentations, and it was cool to see everyone being all professional and scientific :)
(Me and my friend Clarissa in our professional attire after giving our presentations! Remember this location?? See Blog 3 if you don't :) )
After the symposium, the USSP program sent all of the interns, PIs and postdocs out to dinner at a Thai restaurant near the Penn campus. This dinner was so much fun! It was great to talk to the PIs in an informal setting; they were super interested in hearing about our career plans and offering advice. The program also had a little "graduation" ceremony at this dinner, where all the interns were recognized for our hard work and given diplomas to certify our completion of the program.
(My friends and me with our diplomas!)
On Friday, my Mom came to Philadelphia to pick me up! In addition to moving me out of my apartment, we were able to see some of my favorite sites in Philly before heading home. I loved showing my mom around the city, and I can now add "Philadelphia Tour Guide" to my resume :)
(Me with the Liberty Bell!)
It was very bittersweet to see this summer end. I made great friends with the other interns, as well as with my labmates and neighbors; I'm going to miss seeing them everyday, and I was sad to leave my project behind. However, this experience made me very excited to return to Cornell for senior year! I am looking forward to taking more upper level biology classes, as well as for resuming work on my research project and finishing my grad school applications. Wish me luck! :)
I just want to thank everyone who read my blog this summer! I hoped that you enjoyed reading about my experiences as much as I loved both making and documenting them! Best of luck to everyone with the new school year and with making your own adventures :)