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你好!

我叫 Holly. (My name is Holly.)

In 4 days from now I will be starting my adventure in Taiwan as an exchange student! I will be blogging about that experience on my other blog, which I made for that adventure specifically, exchangehobbit.blogspot.com

I will be going on exchange for my junior year of high school and could not be more excited! Rotary Youth Exchange is an amazing program that really cares for their students and have everything figured out. I decided to start this blog because I have been looking around for more info about exchange there and I could not find much (or as much as an outbound about to go there would want to see and familiarize themselves with). Making that blog puts more first-hand experience stuff online for future ex-changers to see.

谢谢!再见!

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Job Options

I am officially half way done with high school meaning I need to really start readying myself for my future. I know I am thinking about the biological science field. Biochemistry seems to be the one that crosses my mind every time I think about this and anytime I mention this to people they ask me the same things:

How much does it pay?

What can you even do with that degree?

What minors?

But why it’s so hard?

Well first of all, the level of hardness is based on who you are, I, Personally, find it rather fun and appealing. I like math and I can not stress how much chemistry and biology have taught me about the world. I feel like chemistry and biology have given me answers to every ‘why’ and ‘how’ question I have ever had and it is satisfying to me to think about the whole ‘getting answers’ I wouldn’t get in any other field but science.

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One thing I can do with a biochemistry degree is the biotechnology field. In a nutshell that is researching and creating cures, diagnosis’s, and tests for diseases. Workers in this field alter genetic information for improvement in plants and animals. This branch of study interests me in particular because of the captivating way cells work and how viruses and bacteria can affect that. Being able to decode what is happening to cell through meticulous knowledge of all the functions and cycles in a cell, like the Krebs cycle, and what can be affected and cause what. The whole job seems like a balancing act.

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The Person That Inspires Me Most

This may seem like I am about to post a very cheesy dramatic post about a sad childhood and a person that helped  me through it or a person I met on vacation that I fell in love with that had a sad life because him and his brother don’t talk anymore or some nonsense along those lines, but no. I really just have been wanting to scream lately. Stress is making my life just one big game of tug-o-war lately and only one person is helping me pull through it everyday and showing me through her life that pulling through it is worth it.

 

My Aunt Katy

(or Auntie Kwa Kwa)

 

She recently posted some thing in her blog about how hard her marriage was on her and her husband, my uncle Keith, in the beginning. In it she talks about depression and scraping by in the economy in a heart felt story about something that REALLY happens in life.

My Aunt Katy is an inspiration. She has survived depression, cancer, and even death of a father among other things and still manages to keep on keeping on with a smile on her face and laughter in her heart. She releases emotion through writing fantasy and through her love of God and going to church while other stand back and just watch her in ‘awe’.

Thinking about her strength makes my heart melt a little bit. It makes me think of how great the world would be if it had more people like her in it.

Katy and Holly

Me and Aunt Katy

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Click here to read Aunt Katy’s blog

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Math Love

I’ve recently discovered that I am good at math. Yeah, I know. After all those years dreading that class in school because it is boring and  I never felt like I would ever really need it in life.

 

Like ever tween thats too cool for school; I was wrong.

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I use math more than anything every single day and understanding any form of it really is helpful. Teens, if any of you are reading this, understand this one thing:

MATH IS ACTUALLY YOUR FRIEND AND YOU SHOULD NOT RESENT IT BECAUSE THAT IS THE COOL HIPSTER THING TO DO OR BECAUSE YOU THINK IT SHOULD JUST GROW UP AND SOLVE ITS OWN PROBLEMS BECAUSE IT IS HERE TO HELP YOU SOLVE YOURS.

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I have recently been missing a lot of school due to various doctors appointments so I missed a good 75% of the chapter we just learned in geometry. My teacher, Mrs. F, was nice enough to let me take the test later than everyone and she gave me every homework from the chapter for me to do in two-three days. That is a lot of math. In all that is 9 homeworks and a test review each homework averaging 2 or 3 pages of problems.

From day one of school this year I have been wicked stressed from AP classes and extracurriculars and I found out just how much doing just math for a long period of time has helped me relieve some of it.

So, in all, if math were a person, I would shake their hand right now and thank them.

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