Transitions

Next week will probably be my last week in my current office. I have been offered a position here at Future Fuel this summer, and although I am not quite sure where this position will be, I’m pretty sure it will be different from the job I have currently in Health and Safety. I’ve enjoyed my short time here in my office, and the work I’ve been doing has been very cool. I know that regardless of where I go in the company I’ll be doing something that I enjoy. The work that I’m currently doing involves taking an inventory of all the substances we’ve used at the company in our chemical processes over the last ten years. There is a new reset being done regarding what we have to declare in our inventory as a chemical company. It has taken me quite a while, but I’m finally almost done with it. From there I will try to finish as many projects as I can before having to leave in a week or two.

Unfortunately, finals are just around the corner as well. Classes have been tough this year, but I’m certainly ready to get started with my senior year of college. I technically only lack three classes before I will have my B.S. in Chemistry, but two of those courses are not offered until the spring and I will ┬áhave to wait to take them. In order to satisfy the requirements to keep my scholarship I’m also going to have to end up taking several classes that have nothing to do with my major or minor.

May 10th I will be leaving for Scotland, and I’m currently making the push to get everything that I will need for my almost two week trip out of the country. I have all of my currency exchanged and all I need are a few things before I leave. Excited doesn’t begin to explain how I feel about this trip. It doesn’t even feel real to be honest, and I can’t wait to see all the sights and make so many memories.

I’ve also continued my search of graduate schools, and I think I have some sort of direction now. I’ve looked at UofA, ASU, and the University of Tulsa. I’m finding more and more that my interests in chemistry seem to gravitate towards green chemistry. This would include finding ways to make chemical processes more “green”, as well as the development of alternate energy sources or more sustainable materials. There are still many branches of chemistry that I have not explored, but I feel like this is something that I can become passionate about and hopefully make a difference in the world. I know God will guide me to where I need to be, and I’m seeing His hand in more parts of my life everyday. I will continue to trust in Him and seek His guidance in the coming months.

A small side note,… My future roommate declared that he would not be staying on campus next semester and we have both missed room selection. That means there’s no turning back now! We are both excited to get an apartment, and we have found one that we really like. It’s now just a matter of saving our money and making the preparations to hopefully move in early August.

This has to be the biggest set of transitions in my life. I’m nervous, but beyond excited at the same time.

 

-Chandler

Advertisements

Business as Usual

Work has been business as usual this last week or so. There is a lot to do and it seems that everyone I talk to is staying very busy here at the plant. Most of my work has to do with meeting requirements set by federal laws, or making sure we are in compliance with everything the EPA or OSHA requires of us. I’ve learned so much in my time here and I plan on continuing my work here through the summer, and hopefully the rest of the year. There isn’t very much that I’m really allowed to say, because most of what I’m doing involves specifics that are private to the company. Which is cool in a lot of ways and keeps things interesting for me.

I’ve started looking at graduate programs this week, and the pressure really seems to be on. My professor says I need to have all my applications in by Thanksgiving, and if there’s anything I’ve learned from college it’s that seven months goes by in the blink of an eye. So far the only two programs I’m really considering are ASU and UofA, mostly because they are close to home. Regardless, this is an exciting step in my life and I’m pretty nervous about it.

My Scotland trip is only a little more than a month away! I’ve started saving my money and looking into the things I will need to pack. We will be traveling all over the country for about two weeks and part of that trip will be on something called the Jacobite train. ┬áThis train was the same one used in the Harry Potter films, but the exact engine used in the movie is no longer in use. We will also be staying in a hostel that is within walking distance of the coffee shop where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter.

The semester is coming to an end and everyone at Lyon is working hard to get through it. I only need three more chemistry classes to complete my degree and will be able to graduate next spring! It really doesn’t seem like I have been in college very long at all.

 

-Chandler