Here are some pictures from my summer in Boston:
Week 10: August 2nd August 6th
Our last week at Tufts is almost over! It's been a crazy busy week trying to get the paper finished and all of our loose ends tied up before we leave. My weekend with my family was amazing we went to the Smithsonian to celebrate my little siblings' birthdays and I got to get some quality parent time in. It bums me out that I won't get to see my family again until Christmas, but I'm happy I got the chance to have a relaxing weekend with them. Friday- our last night here- we're having our good friends over for a goodbye Chinese/movie night. I'm going to miss a lot of aspects of Boston and I hope to someday visit it again.
Week 9: July 26th- July 30th
Dani and I spent the past weekend at Charles/MGH, walking around and getting to know the area. Unlike the rest of Boston, I was immediately charmed by Charles street. Though it has a lot more brick than I like, the architecture is like something out of Oliver Twist, which gives the whole area an ambiance. It's hard to explain. Definitely my favorite place in Boston so far. I also ventured down to Mass Ave/Boston Medical Center area to get some necessary vaccinations on Wednesday. That busy area is pretty much the antithesis of sleepy/chill Charles Street. There was a million things going on at once and people everywhere. I will be flying home for the weekend to see my family before I go back to school, so I won't be in Boston for the upcoming weekend. So excited to see my parents again!
Week 8: July 19th July 23rd, 2010
The weeks have been going so fast! We only have two weeks left here and we've just started to become familiar with the area. After an uneventful weekend, we spent more time with Heidy and Lucy during a cheesecake night on the roof of the Tisch library. We plan on going to the science museum this weekend as a late celebration of Dani's 21st birthday. Boston is just starting to grow on me It's too bad time has gone this fast.
Week 7: July 12th July 16th, 2010
We spent all of last weekend in downtown Boston at the molecular biology conference. Dani and I walked down the shopping area during our lunch breaks and window shopped (and occasionally actually shopped). It was fun to be downtown, but exhausting to travel there everyday. The T is really busy in the morning and early afternoon and it can be uncomfortable to squeeze into the packed cars. The lectures we got to see ranged from merely interesting to amazing. A few of my favorites included one on inherently disordered proteins, one on the relation of genotype and phenotype and use of chaperon proteins to reveal hidden traits, and an anthropology lecture on the genetic relationships of humans to Neanderthals. Dani's birthday is today, so we'll get to eat cake and celebrate her turning 21.
Week 6: July 5th July 9th, 2010
It's HOT here! It got up to 98 degrees yesterday, close to the all time record (set in 1911) of 101 degrees. We're trying to make it through the heat wave without air conditioning in the apartment, but it's definitely tough. Shrimp and cheesecake night was great got to swap college stories with the other girls and learned that the size of a CS department makes a huge difference in the dynamic between students. Dani and I ended up going alone to the Charles River to see fireworks for the 4th. It was packed with people, but definitely worth it. The fireworks were insanely amazing especially the 1812 overture with a fireworks finale. We left just before the finale, so we managed to get a spot on the T before the crowds took it over. Considering we passed a huge group of cops getting ready to manage the entry gates to the T, we made a good choice.
Week 5: June 28th July 2nd, 2010
Had an great night on Friday with Chelsea she's the new DREU student. We went to see the Miss Massachusetts pageant. She's actually an engineering major, so it was interesting to compare our experiences in technology fields. Dani and I haven't made firm plans for Fourth of July yet, but I'm guessing a group of DREU students will go see the fireworks over the Charles River. We're also planning a potluck (themed with shrimp dishes and cheesecake) for our group of DREU students for Monday, which we all have off. I had to go get a passport in Harvard Square on Tuesday (long story, but be aware that you need to have a passport that is valid for six months AFTER your departure date if you go on a trip to Honduras). While I was on the T to Harvard Square, I realized that I've become very good at navigating my way around town. It's exciting that I started out the summer scared of the T and am now riding it by myself, no sweat.
Week 4: June 21st June 25th, 2010
Went to the art museum this weekend, which was really fun. It is also free for Tuft's Students, so we got to enjoy the beautiful Egyptian, Greek, and Roman pieces for free! Heidy was telling me that her parents did Egyptian studies in college and that they can read Heiroglyphs. I was struck by a feeling that I really wanted to be able to do something like that. I suppose it's a bit like learning that a friend has mastered a new programming language that lets you build something interesting. I'm terrible with history and dates, so studying the classics is definitely out for me. We met the new DREU students this week Lucy and Chelsea. They are both really nice. I'm amazed at how many cool computer science girls I've met here. It's so different to be surrounded by intelligent, technology-savvy women all the time.
Week 3: June 14th- 18th, 2010
Had a great weekend in Boston, seeing the sights and eating yummy food. Though it's been raining pretty much every other day, we've been trying to get out and look around. Just got my laptop back (yay) from Dell, so I finally have another resource to work from home. Hopefully we'll be able to go to the art museum sometime soon that's our next planned activity. It's been a bit too rainy to navigate the T and everything, so we're hoping it clears up soon.
Week 2: June 7th June 11th, 2010
Check out my project work journal for more information about the project and how everything is going. Dani and I have met two other DREU students working with Carla, a professor here who works with machine learning. The two students, Heidy and Emily, went to lunch with us yesterday and we've all decided to go see downtown Boston and explore this weekend. We're planning on seeing the sights at the Boston Art Museum, maybe visit the Commons, and eating delicious dim sum! It's been really rainy here, so hopefully some time in sunny downtown Boston will clear up the gloom.
Week 1: May 31st June 4th, 2010
I've just started working for the DREU program at Tuft's University in Boston. It's been a crazy week with moving into my apartment and getting everything set up, but hopefully things will start to settle down soon. Dani (my research partner) and I decided to sublease a space together. We've done a very little bit of sightseeing we went into Boston downtown to eat lunch one day. Hopefully we'll get the opportunity to do that again soon. That's all for now. We're still in the process of getting our project started, so hopefully next time I'll have more info about that.