A Fork In The Road

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During the past 8 weeks I have learned a lot about not only platelets but also about myself through my internship. I have come to realize that there are many different opportunities in the science field and that I am not limited to medicine. I found it very interesting how the people in my lab all started from very different paths but somehow they all ended up working for the same biotech startup. Some of my coworkers started out in medical school or grad school but whether it was their love of science or business they decided to work for Platelet Biogenesis. I was never really familiar with the administrative and business part of science. Through my internship I was able to work with distributors, investors and administrators all while working on the bioreactor and growing iPS cells. My coworkers were very helpful in opening up my eyes to the various job positions the science field has. Whenever there was another aspect of the science field was involved in my projects my supervisor was always there to explain how not only it played a role in my project but also how important it was. I think the biggest learning moment during my internship was when a perspective employee was giving a presentation on his career path and how he would be beneficial to the company. It was amazing to learn about how someone was able to do what he enjoys since leaving school all while exploring different career options.

I thought that by the time I was senior at Boston College I would have more of my future plans figured out. Honestly I thought I would be done with the primary medical applications. However, I am okay with not knowing exactly what I want to do with the rest of my life. I realized that there are people who are much older than I am who are still trying to figure it out.

Written by Amy Ko, BC Class of 2017

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Transfusion and Confusion the Life of a Research Tech

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This summer, I have had the opportunity to continue working in a Hematology lab out in here in Boston. Although I have worked in the lab previously, I had quickly noticed the significant differences between last summer and this summer. Although I was and am being challenged, the skills set necessary for this summer has increased as compared to last summer. With the help of the Jesuit education I received during my three years at BC, I think I can safely say that I had survived my first two weeks in the lab.

While BC has provided me with the education necessary to understand the basic science behind the research I am conducting in the lab. BC has also provided me with a valuable skill set that I would not have received anywhere else. Firstly, through the numerous lab courses I have taken at BC, I acquired true autonomy as a scientist. Many times in the lab, I am responsible for my own portions of the experiment. Although there are always people around in the lab that are willing to answer my questions, I feel comfortable enough with my skill set to handle my own experiment. Within the first two weeks at the lab I was able to build valuable interpersonal relationships within the scientific community. For example, I was able to establish a mentor and mentee relationship with the senior scientist in the lab. BC fosters an environment that encourages students to reach out besides themselves and connect with professionals in their fields.

While I may be only two weeks into the summer I know that this experience would positively impact my future career choices.

Written by Amy Ko, BC Class of 2017