And so it begins…

I have spent a long 4 years here at Stanislaus State, and I have made some good friends along the way.  As of Friday, I am a college graduate with a Bachelor’s in chemistry.  I have an internship lined up for the fall, which I am so excited for, and this might just mean that life is beginning.

Congratulations to everyone who graduated last Thursday and Friday, we did it!


Thank you everyone who has followed me and read my blog the past four years.  If there is a chance I could be back next semester and tell you more of my adventures I will, otherwise good luck in life.

The Grad Cap

Heads up Grads, if you didn’t know ASI/USU is having a cap design contest so if you are going to design your cap, submit the design on instagram and there is a chance you could win!

I myself have never been the one to design my cap not for high school or when I got my associates degree, but I have been thinking more and more about it.  I also got some paints to design my cap when I picked it up, so it gives me an excuse to use them.  My only problem is that I don’t know what to put on it, there are so many choices.  I could go in the chemistry or forensic science direction, but then there is also Disney or Harry Potter, or even cats.


Here are some of the designs I am considering.





I might not have enough talent to do some of these, but at least it is a thought.  I might also need to go buy more paint or stickers since I only have school colors to work with.  Wish me luck, and hopefully by next week I will have something good.

What I have learned…

So it has been roughly four years since I started here at Stan State, and now my time is coming to an end.  I may be becoming a little nostalgic and remembering everything (well, maybe not everything) that I have come to learn and do while here.

So, what have I learned?

  • How to build a spectrophotometer
  • Learn how machines such as NMR, mass spectrometer, and diode arrays work
  • The product and quotient rule (calculus)
  • Integrals (they are your friend)
  • That I have the athletic gene
  • Different laws in the criminal justice system
  • DNA sequencing and how mutations occur
  • The periodic table song
  • What polymers and monomers are
  • Making the best out of Mondays (monday-pick me up) and Wednesdays (Quad) on campus
  • How the signalling pathway of vision works
  • The Van’t Hoff Equation
  • The distinct differences between cyclohexane and benzene
  • The look and smell of cinemate
  • How to make luminol
  • Java programming
  • The different markings guns make
  • Report writing for both criminal justice and chemistry
  • Pura Vida

Counting down the days

So one little exciting thing for graduating seniors happened a week or two ago, the Commencement list came out!  After filling out all that paper work for graduation, meeting with advisors and such everything gets turned in and then you wait.  One of the forms has a check list on it, and about 3/4 of the way down it says the commencement list will be coming out in spring.

This list is something you want to make sure your name is on if you plan on graduating in the next month.  I have been waiting for this list to come out, walking by MSR 120 waiting and looking.  I thought it was going to be a big long list hanging on the wall.  Nope!  If that was the case it would cover a very big wall, or be in very small print.  The list is in a binder, alphabetical order by last name and has every major in there, 40+ pages.


Like I said, I’ve somewhat been waiting and looking for this list.  Its out, and my name is on it, so I am happy that this is happening!

The day I lost my keys

For me everything has its place both my car keys and my dorm keys hang on my bulletin board when they aren’t in use so that when I need them I know they are there.  So on Monday night when I was getting ready to leave I was in a bit of a panic when my car keys were missing.

I knew I had used them Saturday to go to the grocery store, but since I do live on campus I don’t have to use my car on a daily basis.  Where oh where were my keys?  I had cleaned my room over the weekend, so while everything looked nice and neat my keys could have pretty much ended up anywhere.

My first thought was to look in the grocery bags I had brought up from my car.  Nope.  Then my purse, I mean I don’t use my purse a lot when I got out, but maybe in all the cleaning I managed to put the keys in there unintentionally.    Nope. They weren’t on the kitchen table where I placed my groceries when I came in; they weren’t hidden in a drawer.  There was a small chance they might have been bumped into the trash, but that was going to be my last resort.

Maybe, just maybe they were locked in my car?  It’s dark/late and so I need a flashlight to look in my car and see.  The keys are nowhere in sight, but my car is still in the parking lot, and locked so no one took my car or had access to anything inside.  Maybe, just maybe they are in my trunk.  That was a possibility, I went in my trunk Saturday before going to the dorms I could have unknowingly placed them down and closed the trunk with them still inside.

Of all the services available, if this ever happens to you call the University Police (UPD).  I had their number programmed in my phone and even so it is a quick easy look up online or just press the button on one of those blue posts around campus.  They sent someone over in a few minutes to help me into my car, maybe they are inside fell under the seat or like I said accidentally locked in the trunk.  In a couple minutes my car was unlocked and I was searching everywhere, pop the trunk and still no keys.

The nice man who unlocked my car called in to see if anyone had turned in keys matching my description in the last couple days.  Nope.  Now I was panicking a little, what to do, what to do.  No keys, no one has turned them in, and it is late Monday night. What could I do? Retrace my steps and see if they slipped under someone’s car or fell in the dirt maybe. Not that I could see.

So no one had turned in my keys to the UPD, but maybe just maybe they turned them into housing.  I mean it is a housing parking lot, and if UPD isn’t open or as fully staffed on weekends the smart thing would be to turn the keys into housing.  It was my last resort before tearing up my entire dorm room and digging through the trash in hopes of finding them.  I am really glad that the thought came to me, because otherwise I might have wasted my entire night searching for keys that weren’t there.  Some nice person had turned them into the housing office.  Oh thank goodness.

That’s my story of how I found my lost keys.  So, if you ever misplace your keys or lock them inside check UPD, housing office or University Student Union if you are on campus.  Also make sure there is something distinct about your keys, a special key chain or design so that you could give a decent description of what they look like.

Hello Google!

I sign up for different surveys from different companies who may want my opinion on things and will pay me for them.  One place is a taste test, I’ve also gotten a couple calls about video games and testing new products, and then there is Google.

I got myself up at 4:45 a couple weeks ago and drove to Google because they wanted my opinion on something.  I can’t say what because I signed a nondisclosure agreement that said I would not discuss anything that I saw or talked about during that time.

I do wish I could have spent more time there, but because I had class later in the day and a 1.5-2 hour drive could be longer in mid-day traffic.  I got a couple pictures outside the building, and some good proof that I went to Google, while I’m sure looking like I didn’t belong because I was taking pictures, but hey what do you expect.


These Google bikes are everywhere on their campus, because a lot of their employees use a Google bus to and from work if they have a meeting in one building, and have to get all the way across campus from their office they can just hop on a bike and head over.  They are pretty convenient, anyone can use them, and are a lot better than driving around in that mess.


Google employees seem like they have it made, nice little area outside to rest or relax take in the sun.  They also have free food for meals, a nice tennis court, napping pods (which kind of sound amazing), free laundry, and I’m sure a few other perks that I don’t know about.  I wish I could have spent a little more time there to explore, and find their android lawn statues but I think Siri was protesting and I wasn’t going to waste time driving around looking for them because to be honest I would be driving in circles since their campus is so huge.

But hey housing residents!?!  If I’m not mistaken one of the off campus events in the next couple weeks is to Google, it is worth it to check it out, and maybe get some Google merchandise.  Yes you could always drive there by yourself and check it out, but I’m sure with housing it comes with a nice tour and you would actually be able to go inside the buildings, because most buildings at Google require an ID badge to get in.  I’ll probably be going back so that I can explore and learn more about Google.

Grad Fair 2016

If you are planning on participating in the graduation commencement May 26 or 27 today is your last day to get all you need for graduation.  The grad fair has been all this week from 10-4pm in the bookstore.

There are people there to ask any questions you may have, it is where you can buy announcements, class rings and pick up the Grad Packs Luis was talking about a few weeks ago.

Grad Pack - Bachelor's Degree

The graduation ceremony is a little over a month away, so you want to make sure you at least have your cap and gown.  Hurry over before time runs out.

Outside Lands 2016

Happy spring break everyone, hope all is going well and you are enjoying this week of no exams and sleeping in.  While this break is days from being over, I have technically made my first big plans for summer, although they don’t happen until August.  I just purchased a ticket to Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

header What is outside lands?  It is a 3 day event at the park that includes music, food, comedy, art, activities and all sorts of things. I’ve never gone before so it will be a new and fun experience.  Early tickets were on sale this morning starting at 10, and by noon the general admission tickets were sold out.  Yikes!  They were presale tickets and I’m sure more are to come, but at a little higher price, although these tickets were already a little pricey in my mind, but for 3 days and all of the things they have to offer I’m sure it is worth it in the end.

I am pretty excited that this is happening and I get to go.  It is something to look forward to during the next couple months of school.



Food in my Fridge

I stumbled upon this website a while back called MyFridgeFood where you can find new recipes or even some old ones based on the food you have lying around your kitchen.

It sounded pretty interesting so I gave it a try, because to be honest I was getting a little tired of basically eating the same thing every week and wanted to change it up some.  Based on the small variety of seasonings and food I had in my dorm room they gave me a long list of recipes to try.  They may have required that I buy one or two things at the store, but besides that it was nice to be making something a little different.

I’ve only tried a few so far, but I have about 20 bookmarked to come back to and try later.

What I have tried is the apple cheddar muffin which requires an english muffin, thinly sliced apple, and cheddar cheese.  Basically you placed the sliced apples on top of the two muffin halves place the cheese on top and broil until cheese is melted.  Not bad for my first try, and not something I would have even thought to make.


I also tried a bread recipe, since I haven’t been doing much baking this semester, the one thing I needed to go to the store for was flour, can’t do much baking without that.  The bread came out a little strange looking, and was a little to salty for my taste, but at least I tried it.  IMG_4400

Then for the potato lover in me, there were all sorts of possibilities, my first choice was baked stuffed potatoes, the scored potatoes looked pretty good, but without paprika and the minced parsley I’m sure it wouldn’t have been the same.IMG_4402

Interview Anxiety

Do you get nervous when going in for an interview?  Guess what, you aren’t the only one!  I will admit now that I get a little to nervous when it comes to interviews, at least I have the past few times I’ve interviewed for an internship, and it has brought me down because of it.

While I am in the process of trying to reduce my anxiety and settle my nerves before the next interview I thought I would share some tips that I’ve found.


  • The first step is admitting you need help, at least in my case it was.  After my second interview there was obviously something wrong with how I was handling my nervousness, and I thought I could handle it on my own.  I was wrong!  My mom was trying to help, my aunt was trying to help, and professors were trying to help and encourage me, the third interview showed me that I should have listened a little more.
  • Remember to Breathe.  Take a deep breath in, and a deep breath out.  Even taking a couple deep breaths may help calm you down, and make you feel more relaxed.
  • Do a Mock interview.  Have a friend or an adult who has done a few interviews before sit down and practice answering questions.  Being able to know what you are going to say during an interview will help so that on the day of you aren’t trying to dig through your brain for an answer.  It will also make you feel more prepared for the interview.
  • Keep a positive mind.  You can do it!  Thank you Dr. Wood.  He told me to think of accomplishments, of the good things you have done always keep that in mind.  You are selling yourself in an interview so mention all of your strengths no one knows them better than you.
  • Sing a song or listen to music.  For me listening to music with a somewhat slow tempo combined with the breathing helps my nerves.  Before my last interview I actually ended up singing to myself a couple up beat songs while I was waiting to be called in.  It had me dancing in my seat, and maybe I looked a little strange, but it had me forgetting that I was about to be interviewed.
  • Go to a class, workshop or check out some of the services MSR has to offer.  All of these things are here to support you, help you and most of them are FREE.  I went to an interview workshop today that gave some good tips and a pamphlet to help you get ready for an interview.  It got all of us to think of what to do and what not to do during an interview and we got to listen to other people’s experiences.


Not everybody handles stress the same way, not everything works for everyone which is why you just have to keep trying things until something works.  Do you have any tips that you might want to share?