Oh boy, I am so glad that I am done with midterm exams. I have decided to treat/reward myself with some ice cream. My math class is cancelled tomorrow, so that means I can catch up on sleep that I lost earlier in the week. Unfortunately, I will have to wait and catch up on sleep starting Saturday, which means it will be the first day of spring break! I have an appointment tomorrow morning. I also have a short lab and a three-hour meeting. I told myself to hang in there for one day. It is just one more day of school and then I can be finally free!
I just want to talk about the lab I did today. Here is a picture below:
Did you see a dollar bill? I brought my dollar bill. Some classmates brought their own bill while several people didn’t have money with them, so they borrowed bills from others. Taby Benavides, one of our student ambassadors, was in the same class with me.
I put a wrinkled dollar bill in a test tube and added 2.5 ml of methanol within it. We shook the tubes and tried to make the bill clean. That was fun. I bet Taby agreed with me. The purpose of this experiment was to find traces of cocaine on the Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) instrument. Yes, cocaine. You heard me. It is a drug. Did you know that about 90 to 95% of all $1 bills have some cocaine on them? Don’t do drugs, kids. We are going to learn how to use that with a new instrument that is called GC-MS tomorrow.
So, this lab is what we actually did with Professor Pagano. He is the one who developed the Laboratory Science Technology (LST) program. Honestly, he is one of my inspirations (and probably favorite) teachers at RIT/NTID. Every time I am in his class, he always inspires me. He is one of the reasons why I like science, because he always make it fascinating and interesting. So, Professor Pagano, I don’t know if you are reading this blog. But you know it is working…science experiments and instruments blow my mind.
I am glad that I made the right decision to choose this major in the first place. I possibly will continue on for a bachelor’s degree in another science-related field in the fall of 2015.
Gotta go. Have a great spring break everyone and be safe.