Firstly, today was my last day at work. Went alright. Lovely year at a lovely hospital where I learned a lot and met some of the sweetest people (and their pets!) who I will miss soooo much.
BUT ON TO THE JUNK IN THE TITLE!!!
On July 24th, I got an email from the Graduate Program Coordinator at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Office of Research and Graduate Studies. (Basically the Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences program at Tech). It listed a few questions but really said nothing of acceptance. I emailed back answering her questions and basically fell right to sleep. Bright and early the next morning, before my second double in a row, I got an email that…sort of said I was accepted, but that I needed to get in contact with a BMVS faculty member to act as my advisor and in whose lab I could do research. I had an idea of who I wanted. A lovely gentleman who guest lectured my Introductory Parasitology course in the fall of 2010 and happens to have this lovely parasite tattooed on his arm:
This little thing is giardia. I figure, if you’re hardcore enough to get this tat, you’re strange enough to jive well with my level of crazy. So, on July 25 I sent an email. And I waited. And waited. And started to freak out a little. Considered looking up another professor. Posted a sad status about how I wished he’d email me back. And wouldn’t ya know it, IT WORKED. Yesterday (August 3rd) I got the email that changed everything.
Hi TiffanyCongratulations on being accepted. I am at the American Society of Veterinary Parasitologists meeting until Wednesday. Let me know when you can come and meet with me about my research program and my expectations.CongratulationsDavid S. Lindsay, PhDProfessor
As if fish aren’t weird enough, they’ve discovered some new weird ones!
The Flabby Whalefish:
Some other sort of Slickhead (maybe):
A species of Cusk-eel:
Some nifty research coming from my alma mater!