I've come to dread hearing "well that wasn't a very good idea..." when people find out I stayed at the same school for undergrad and grad school... Too bad! What's done is done! Well... kind of... This is where Switzerland comes in! So there is a program called ThinkSwiss (yup.. one word...) and it's basically a 2-3 month study abroad but for research! Sounds fun right?! Other than the fact that they pay you with dirt (ok... maybe not actual soil... but they admit their stipend will typically pay two-thirds of your expected living costs... not including travel...) but yeah, other than that, it sounds fun!
I'm thinking that this might not be a bad experience for me... I'll get the exposure to other "schools of thought" (which was the big issue with me staying at RPI for both degrees) and it will also give me a little bit of a break. I'm looking at a couple of different Swiss universities - it's kind of a toss up between the French and German areas at this point... The only real catch is that I need to find a Swiss professor who will write me a recommendation letter... I'm becoming an expert at translating websites (and even reviving a little high school french!) and will hopefully start writing some e mails soon!
I had a wonderful Valentine's day this year! The girls (myself, Kaleigh, Jenn, and Geneve) decided to surprise our boys (Rob, Brian, Pat, and JP) with a romantic (and yes a little cheesy) afternoon on Sunday. First we went out to lunch at the Illium Cafe downtown, which was absolutely delicious! Then for the real surprise - a horse-drawn sleigh ride for the whole group up in the Adirondacks! It was a little chilly outside but they bundled us all up with cozy blankets and we were good to go. (And we did in fact sing Jingle Bells as we were heading back to the barn!!) The Circle B Ranch was perfect and everyone loved it...
Jenn, Nihar, and I decided to go to an additonal competition this semester - so the rest of the team missed out but the three of us had a great time!! Nihar and I competed Silver Standard (waltz, quickstep, tango, foxtrot, and viennese waltz) and Gold Latin (cha cha, rumba, samba, jive, paso doble). Jenn and Nihar competed Silver Latin and also Silver Rhythm (cha cha, rumba, swing, mambo). We did great! Ribbons for both pairs!
Here are some pictures from the day!
So rather than keeping a different blog for every aspect of my life, I've decided to combine it all into one and then use category tags as a way to separate everything out... Links are left on each individual page that will lead to blog postings that only fall under that category... make sense? So if you ONLY care about the research aspect of my life (first of all, God help you...) then you can use the Research page to only read about that...
"Just a few words..." = everything
And while this is all superfulous information, I needed some kind of general post so that I can create all of the necessary categories... :)
So I'm sure some of you may have seen this before, but I just couldn't resist posting it! There are just somethings you really connect with... and unfortunately, this is one of them... right down to the biohazard bags and the unidentifiable tubes and bottles that have been in the lab fridge for years... Enjoy!
Alison "Ali" Rose
Currently working on a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and all of the side projects that help get me through it!