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Today was the last official day of classes of the semester. I had my final presentation in Biosensors. Yay!!! I’m so relieved to have that class over with. I met some interesting people, and I learned a good deal about biosensors, but I stressed out way too much over an elective. And the teacher was way too anal about my attendance record.

I have one final exam remaining, at 7:40 am next Monday morning, blech. And one paper,which I have yet to begin. It’s supposed to be a publishable review paper on integrated devices for molecular diagnostics (lab-on-a-chip). I will be so burnt out from writing by the end of this month. I don’t know what I like better? Homework-intensive (as in massive mind-wrenching problems due every week) classes, or paper/presentations? Both are stressful in their own way. But I get much more satisfaction out of completing homework problems or scoring well on a test than I ever do from writing papers or presentations. In fact, I D-R-E-A-D writing and presenting, where I actually get some sort of sick enjoyment out of tearing my hair out over problems.

My favorite class this semester was the one I took for fun: Latin. Thank goodness, or else it wouldn’t have been much fun, would it?? The teacher was awesome, the material was refreshing, and it felt like I was learning something without being forced to learn, which doesn’t happen very often. I would like to continue taking it, but I don’t know if I will have any free time in my schedule next semester. I have to take one last core requirement (transport processes, my LEAST favorite subject in all of chemical engineering), which means lots and lots of studying. And another elective, maybe semiconductor processing.

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