Picasa Web Albums - chris
Six years ago, I was in the same position as many of you -- trying to make sense of the handfuls of college acceptance letters while trying to survive (and enjoy!) the last semester of high school. I had my choice of all the UCs to pick from, but in the end I decided I thought that San Diego offered the most for what I wanted in my college adventure: academics (new, yet strong, research in the life sciences) and adventure (c'mon, the city's a vacation destination).
I put together a photo album from some of my UCSD experiences. It's by no means complete, but I had to edit out a few parts for concerns of privacy and legal matters. Feel free to browse and leave comments and/or requests, I'll try to update it with whatever else I can dig out of my computer folders.
I'm also happy to answer whatever questions you have about the school, my major, my college, and other things I can address (but do your research! The archives are there for a reason.) My hope is that you'll find UCSD as great a place as I think it is!
My stats in a nutshell
- Revelle College and proud ditcher of the Hum sequence (only H1-3 @ UCSD)
- Chemistry/Biochemistry major, graduated in 3 1/2 years (2006)
- Chemistry MS, graduated 2007
- Lived on campus two years: first in Blake Hall, second in Pepper Canyon Apt
- Learned to surf, skateboard, and scuba-dive at UCSD
- Was carless freshman year only. It's much nicer having a car around. Not mandatory, but REALLY nice.
- TAed undergrad chem and biochem labs and lectures for 12 quarters (if you're a chem major, I can answer pretty much anything you throw at me.)
- researched on-campus junior & senior year
- worked at a huge biotech company senior & master's year. (my company made viagra, but i didn't)
- best SunGod approach: malibu rum in Jamba Juice
- worst SunGod experience: junior year, writing a lab report due at midnight.
- best memories: crowding 10 people onto a pair of bunk beds for weekly "24" episodes, krispy kreme runs for the floor of 40 freshmen who were up writing hum papers due in 6 hours, meteor showers at the cliffs and pier, flip flops all year round, throwing snowball fights from lab ice machines, getting taught to surf (and, uh, 420) by my research advisors, grabbing beers with professors at porter's pub, countless trips to vegas, and many more.
- currently: in new york, at columbia pursuing a PhD in biochemistry