I stayed up making a research poster for the poster session we have at school on Thursday. I’m on a time limit because it has to get printed before then. Blah.
Within a week or two my face was breaking out in big cysts. You can go back through my blog and look at the time stamps if you’d like. I documented my whole journey from the beginning of birth control to the end of isotretinoin. I know that a normal reaction to starting birth control is to go through a brief period of being more broken out than usual, but check with your doctor if you’re concerned. You can also look at my pics to compare to your situation if you think a similar thing might be happening to you (I hope it isn’t!).
*sees nice weather forecast*
*remembers wearing shorts is a thing*
*remembers shaving legs is a thing*
I would recommend doing low-intensity workouts that put minimal stress on your joints. Activities such as swimming and gentle yoga are good options. Stay away from intense running and other workouts that concentrate force on your knees. To be honest, I ended up not working out for the majority of my isotretinoin treatment because my joints were too stiff and sore. Listen to your body and don’t push yourself too hard.
Many of you already know that I was waffling over REUs at Colorado State University and Yale. I chose Yale and declined the offer from CSU. I was then offered an internship at NASA doing a project with carbon nanotubes for electronics applications, which I declined with no hesitation because that was one of those “I’ll throw an application in the bucket just in case I don’t get any other offers” things. I thought I was set to go with Yale. Then I got another offer from NASA, and this one was the single NASA internship for which I applied that I did really want. The project is the synthesis and characterization of polymer aerogels for aerospace applications. If you haven’t heard of aerogels, look them up. They are extremely light and very good insulators. You can literally torch crayons with a Bunsen burner through this stuff and the crayons won’t melt. Oh, and they are only about 3x heavier than air. NASA wants to use the aerogels as spacecraft protection for re-entry into the atmosphere (where weight is a big deal and high insulating properties are mandatory). So when I got this offer, it actually made me consider turning down Yale. In fact, everyone I talked to agreed that NASA would be a better option, providing me with government research which would round out my academic and industry research experience. And I can’t get over how awesome the project is. Then today I got my project and mentor assignment from Yale. I was curious about which building I would be in, so I looked it up.
Someone was murdered there in 2009.
I read about it and of course got freaked out and started thinking about what it would be like to see the place it happened, the place the body was found. If I needed any more reasons to accept the NASA offer and decline Yale, that one was satisfactory. I was already going to accept the NASA one, but yikes. Not that Yale is at fault or that Yale wouldn’t be an amazing experience as well…I am just easily scared I guess. At any rate, I’m so excited about this project I’ll be working on at NASA!