It's been two wonderful days at Summer College. On Tuesday the students finished their training and had a special dinner with their Principal Investigators (PIs, there should be a dictionary for all of the UMass acronyms, right?) and PAs. Then today, after a good night's sleep and an early start, the students started working in their labs!
I got to spend a lot of time with the kids yesterday as I guided them to various buildings on campus. I can now put some names to faces, even though I don't spend as much as time with them as their PIs and PAs do. All of them seem very nice, and especially really motivated.
After finishing the second part of their Bio Boot Camp, students enjoyed a meal in the Worcester Dining Commons. With Summer New Student Orientation (NSO, add it to the acronym count) under way, the students had their first taste of how busy a Dining Commons (DCs to keep it short and sweet, as with everything) can become.
After that I took them to Draper Hall so they could learn all about lab & fire safety from UMass' very own first responders. I actually learned a lot as well, such as how to properly use a fire extinguisher.
Later that day, after the heartbreaking USA loss, the students enjoyed a very special meal with their PAs and PIs. It was a great experience to have before actually starting their lab work together, which is the first thing they did today.
As time goes by, I can see how the kids are quickly adapting to life at Summer College. I'm excited to see what else they'll do during these six weeks, and of course, I'll let you know through the blog!