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May 14, 2007

Done with finals!

Well, I'm done with finals! Hooray!

I think they went quite well overall, though I haven't seen grades for the two big classes yet (epi and biostats). I thought the tests overall were quite fair, there were a few tricky parts, but nothing that was unreasonably tricky.

This past weekend has been FULL of commencement parties! It was a really fun weekend. Friday I went to a BBQ at Thuy's house and there was a ton of Karaoke (I'm more into the watching than the singing). Then on Saturday we had a party at the Radisson. It was very fun, there was great food, a photo booth and frame-making table, and a band, and a locked treasure chest with two round trip airfare tickets in it (or rather a certificate saying that's what the prize would be). It was an action-packed prize giveaway-- Each student at the party was given a raffle ticket which they then turned in for a key. The key was for the lock on the treasure chest, and whichever key opend the lock won the tickets! The absolutely freakishly awesome thing that happened though is that it was the absolute LAST key tried that opened the chest. Made those who planned the treasure chest even a tad bit nervous when none of the keys had opened the chest so far. Good times. Then yesterday we had a picnic at como park. It was very relaxed, people just sat around or played lawn games, and enjoyed each others company and the nice weather. Overall, really great last weekend.

This afternoon is SPH commencement. I'm really excited that Laurie Garrett is the speaker; she is one of my favorite authors so I really look forward to hearing what she has to say. Her favorite book of mine is "Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health" It's pretty gigantic, but tells a good story.

This week I'll be working quite a bit at my job to get a bunch of work done before I'm gone for 3 weeks to Seattle/Spokane, so I better get started!

May 5, 2007

Nearing the end

Well classes are all finished up for the semester. Next week I have 2 in-class exams, 1 take home exam to turn in, and 2 homework assignments to finish up. I also need to get my field experience paperwork in place before the 15th.

As far as my field experience goes, I'm pretty excited about it. It looks like I'll be working at MDH this summer in the cancer control section developing a questionnaire for the SAGE program. SAGE is the breast and cervical cancer screening program for women who are either under insured or uninsured. I really like the woman who manages this part of the cancer control division. We are going to meet again next week at MDH to go over some logistics and come up with a plan of what my project this summer will look like. I have learned over the past few years that I really enjoy survey design. It gives me great pleasure to put together a form that looks good and makes it easy for a study subject to fill it out.

So the most exciting part of my week was the present I got from my fantastic other-mother (boyfriends mom Laura)
We had been talking for a long time about sewing machines. She had her older sewing machine that we were thinking of getting refurbished for me to use and also she had an elementary model of a sewing machine she was going to send to me to use here in MN. So I was expecting that to come in the mail at some point.. but instead I got a brand new Singer in the mail!!!! It's SO cool. It has 30 different stitches it knows how to do just with the touch of a button. So today Stacy took me to the fabric store and I got a rotary cutter, a mat, pins a small iron and thread. I already have quite a bit of fabric- though I meant to get some practice fabric, but I forgot. So I need to do some laundry to wash the fabric I have designated for some projects and get started sewing! :-) so excited :-)