Life is good. Even if I do feel like throwing my physics textbook at the wall once in a while. The week before finals will do that to you, I guess. My first exam is on the 14th. I do honestly enjoy most of the topics I'm learning though. Physics lectures have been on special relativity and bio lectures have been on gene regulation, both very interesting subjects.
A few highlights of the week:
My lab partner and I are almost ready to present our crystal project, and so we got to use the facilities in the Experimental Research Building to analyze our samples using Scanning Electron Microscopy and FTIR-ATR spectroscopy. The electron microscope yields such interesting images at the micrometer scale. Isn't it fascinating how zooming in closely to everyday substances reveals a whole new world?
I also got to go to a robotics workshop on campus in the Start-AD lab. We were given a dismantled remote-control car with an Arduino board and ultrasonic sensor attached, and got to play around with programming it. This was mostly fun because people from outside NYUAD come to these workshops, so it's good to talk to adults in the workforce off-campus. And it's a good way to get a free Arduino board to take back to my dorm.
|Ah yes, the tangle of wires|
My Residential Assistant (RA) took the students on our floor out to dinner earlier this weekend, funded by the school. We went to get Chinese hotpot. I've had it before, but not from this restaurant. This place was absolutely amazing given the quantity of food we could order with the size of our group. I know I post about food a lot, but it has been one of the unique things about living here and experiencing different cultures, so it's a fun thing to document. True to the name, hotpot soup involves a large pot of boiling broth in the center of the table, and everyone places thin strips of meat, seafood, and vegetables to cook in the pot. Then each person can take things out of the soup pot with chopsticks/ a spoon and eat them with different sauces (chili oil, peanut sauce, fish sauce, etc.)
|Love these people|
Anyway, I hope you all stay happy and healthy. I'm excited for the adventures and the studying to continue and I'm so lucky to be in a place where I get plenty of both.
Goodnight from Saadiyat Island,