Monday, December 17, 2007

Crossing the Finish Line

Without a job, not sure where I'm going, and thrilled to be finished with a graduate degree in biochemistry is what I am right now. Sure, I don't have a job, but I have a dream. I'm not going to say what that dream is right now, in case it doesn't work out and then you will know I'm a failure. My plan: go with the flow. If I don't happen to achieve my dream: find a job, work hard, be good.

Studying biochemistry at an undisclosed institution of higher learning was a great experience. You usually get what you put into it, so I put in everything and I got a lot back. I wouldn't do it again, but I recommend it to anyone who doesn't know what he or she is doing with his or her life. Say, maybe I should do it again.

The most important thing I learned about biochemistry is there is too much for one person to know. You can sit and read journal articles all day about proteins and nuclear translation and riboswitches and you'll just get hungry. Then you'll feel like going bowling. And when all is said and done, you will still fall behind. So, to all you prospective biochemists out there, just focus your studies on something that interests you. Design hypothesis-based experiments that will have value no matter the outcome. Go bowling during the day and study more at night, because bowling is cheaper before 4PM.

Blog Preface

This blog is dedicated to all the bloggers who have inspired me to start blogging myself. Names have been changed to protect the identities of the innocent. The reader should be advised of a few points before proceeding to read more posts:
1. I don't have a girlfriend or kids or anything else to show off cute pictures, save a few nieces and nephews who may or may not be real people
2. I don't have a job, nor am I actively searching
3. Perhaps any other blog you visit will be more entertaining than this
Keep your expectations low and I will not disappoint. Indeed, I will do my best to post only the most exciting, spectacular gems from my ordinary, dime-a-dozen life.
To help you remember the URL address, "tompeligro," when I bowl I often use the alias "Tom Dangerous." Because this and all other English variations were already in use I chose tompeligro. "Peligro" is spanish for "Danger". Ok, this information is kind of personal, but I can't say much if you don't understand that I'm a hardcore bowling enthusiast. Plus, some of you probably could have already guessed that.