If you're grumbling a little bit about it, read this for some validation:
I've been a little bit absent from my blog recently. I've been hiding behind my MCAT preparation and not telling you much about my life outside of that:
I just went through quite a fiasco with my housing arrangements at BYU. I was renting at a place near campus called Sommerset, but my landlord ended up being more of a slumlord than anything else, and was unwilling to fix up the place. Though he always spoke kindly to me, he was also adamant that I accept his squalid living conditions. I think the crooks that smile at you are more dangerous than the ones that grimace.
So I ended up selling my contract (much to my parents' relief), and moved in to a place called Windsor Park. It's really nice here. I have an east-facing window, so I wake up to the sunrise every morning, and my roommate is a way cool kid named Scott. He's from California, attending UVU as a Communications major. I think we're going to get along great. There is an unrented room in our unit which we are both hoping remains empty - our freezer is already full with just the two of us!
I'm jumping into my final year at BYU with a research program under the direction of Dr. Kooyman. I'm training now to perform microsurgeries on the knees of rats, as part of a series of experiments attempting to discover a link between Osteoarthiritis and BBS (I don't actually know what BBS stands for yet, so don't ask). I never thought my first experience with surgery would be under a microscope, but it's looking like that's how it's going to be! I'll also be working with some tissue cultures and other microscopy equipment. I'm a little nervous, as I've never taken part in a research lab before, but it should be fun.
Altius has offered me a job as a tutor. I have accepted the position with a promise to start in January, possibly earlier. This is quite a blessing as the pay far outstrips (by almost 300%) what BYU offers their MCAT tutors.
Other than that, I'm just trying to get all my books, schedules, and other things I need to live on while down here at BYU. It's alarming how the expenses add up so quickly! Good luck everyone as you start your new semesters!