imagine if you named your kid dad. just dad.


Actually that’s just his nickname. His real name is [trucks honking], but everyone just calls him dad.

So today in research I cut off the tails of two of my animals by mistake

The first time was a complete accident. I was supposed to attach the tail to a force transducer with a string, and I guess I tied the string too tightly because next thing I know, the tail just popped off!

It was terrible…the tail was still moving as if it was still attached to the body and there was blood everywhere. And the guts started spilling out ugh

I was so traumatized that I just sat there in shock for ten minutes until my lab partner finally showed up.

The second time was a little better because it was anesthetized, and the tail slowly tore off rather than just popped off all at once.

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Cayos Cochinos Honduras, Niño garifuna remando (by M. Cristina Bruseghini on Flickr)
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I just love talking to prospective students (both online and in person).

They’re all so cute and adorable and excited/nervous for college, and I just want to hug you all


3055 by Ólafur Arnalds

Some songs feel like tears on foggy days.  The hope that the light will poke through.

Hey, could you just tell me a little bit about CWRU? I was accepted, but all I can find about Case online is that it's the worst place to be...(no offense) I'd like to be pre-med, but I'm not sure I want to major in a science


Hi there,

So here’s the thing about Case. There are a lot of really great things about it, but like every other school (and basically everything about life), it also has some bad things. And people always tend to look at the bad things and extrapolate it to make it far worse than they actually are.

What I like about Case is that, well one, it offers fantastic merit scholarships (which you probably already know), and the research opportunities here are endless. Most people can easily find research their first semester here. As for me, I never even had to apply! I was actually just offered the job by a professor I knew, and he took care of funding and everything else for me! It’s also a really great place to get involved in the community, if you really want to. It’s so easy to find leadership roles by joining a club or starting up a club or running for some executive position. I’m currently in student government and sit on the Faculty Senate Committee as a student rep - these are both things I never would’ve (or even could’ve) envisioned myself doing. There are so many resources here that you could easily take advantage of if you’re resourceful enough and dedicated enough to do so. The unfortunate thing is that many people just look at what isn’t there and give up, even though they could make things work for them if they just tried. Also, despite what many people think, Case still has a name, especially in the premed world. A lot of the doctors back home were really excited for me when I told them I got into Case, but for some reason it didn’t evoke the same kind of excitement from them when I told them I also got into Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt - schools that are both ranked higher than Case. So idk, I took that as a sign for me.

Probably the biggest con that most people complain about is the social life here. A majority of the school’s student population is pretty nerdy, so it’s pretty far from the stereotypical college life you see in movies. A League of Legends tournament probably has a bigger turn out than the homecoming football game. What’s more, most people are usually really busy with their double majors and triple minors and the five clubs that they’re the president of. So most times, they’re too busy studying or running to meetings to just spontaneously hang out. Also the weather can really suck, which hampers people’s attempts to just randomly hang out outside (unless you want to have a snowball fight or something; there will be plenty of opportunities for that). But that said, you can still have fun. There are still plenty of fun things you can do; it’s just that academics is most everyone’s main goal (which really is what school should be like). And there are also some really cool people here too; it’s not like the whole student body can be grouped into one stereotyped demographic. I think once they find a group of people they like, most people are pretty happy here. Also, Greek life is really popular here. Over half the campus is affiliated, and they all generally love their chosen fraternities/sororities.

And I guess one final thing worth mentioning is that there are quite a few people who applied to top-tier colleges and got rejected, so they came to Case as a “last resort”. They can get pretty bitter about it, which makes them complain. And I truly don’t mean this in a braggy manner, but I actually got admitted into a lot of the colleges they were rejected from, and yet I still came here. And I have a couple friends who did the same too, so I think that should tell you that Case still has some merit.

Honestly, at the end of the day, I could tell you that Case is the best school ever, and you could still be miserable. I could tell you it’s basically hell on earth, and you could end up really loving it. I think it’d be really helpful if you could come out and visit and see if you could really see yourself coming to school here. Find out all of the things it has to offer and all the things it’s lacking, and see if it could still give you the best education for you. That’s really what matters.

I’m so sorry this is so long, but my last point. That’s great you want to be premed! There are so many premeds here, so you’re in good company. You don’t have to major in the sciences, though science and engineering are two of Case’s strongest points. You can major in literally anything, provided you complete your premed requirements and take the MCAT.

Please let me know if you have any other questions! The whole college admissions process is so exciting, and I love talking to people who are currently embarking on their own journey!

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