Settling in

It’s been almost three weeks since I moved to Melbourne and I am loving the city life, learning so much at work, and it’s safe to say I miss my people. I landed on the 3rd of September and a great friend picked my mom and me up from the airport (thanks Kylie!) and helped us shop to fill my studio apartment. For two weeks, mom and I explored, did all of the touristy things, and made sure I was settled and ready to begin working on the 16th. We quickly learned the public transportation system (which is super great and easily accessible) and off we went to the Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne Star ferris wheel, Yarra Valley’s Healesville Sanctuary and wineries, St. Kilda beach and a tap class, Queen Victoria Market, and a riverboat cruise of the Yarra River. We even went to a networking event hosted by the Victorian chapter of the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association and got to meet Fulbrighters past and present and hear their passion for their project and professions. It was a great few weeks and let’s just say that sending mom back to the airport was not the happiest morning.

This past week, I went to work at St. Vincent’s Institute for Medical Research to begin #fightingFA in the Genome Stability lab. It’s really great to be able to walk 15 minutes up the street and be at work. Up first: learning the ropes of the lab. I’ve had plenty of pipetting and centrifuging experience, and have already learned so much from everyone in the lab. They’re a super helpful bunch and I can’t wait to get into the meat of my project. I’ve had my fair share of coffee (err… chai lattes) during our morning coffee hour, true to Melbourne as this city is known for its crazy amount of quality coffee shops. I’ve also attended several scientific presentations by my lab mates about Fanconi anemia and by guest presenters about different types of clinical trials and research into various cancers. There is a weekly seminar presentation every Tuesday at SVI, which is so exciting!

I reserved a spot in a masterclass at the Australian Tap Dance Festival for next weekend and am looking forward to another great week full of learning at work. Thanks for reading, and I’ll try to update again soon!

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