Archive for January, 2008

Life in the Laboratory

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

another-lab-picture.jpg  We have a decent place to work in the lab here at MIT.  They are new, so there are still many things that need to be added to make this a wonderful place to work.  Mrs. Stinson is the lab assistant and it is nice to see another woman’s face amidst all the men who are in classes.  I have seen a Professor Richards often.  He stops by to see how I am progressing.  His specialty is mining and I have started to assist him in analyzing ore samples.  This isn’t exactly the chemistry I wanted to study, but I like the challenge and I seem to please Professor Richards.  We will see where this leads.

My first month at MIT

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

This is about the end of my first month at MIT.  Things are going as well as to be expected.  I am staying in a boarding house and helping with the chores to pay for my room and board.  I am more organized than the owner, so she appreciates how much I can accomplish before I even go to classes.  The men in my classes basically ignore me and that is OK.  I have to try not to seem like I know all the answers (even though I am really quite good).  I do not want to stand out among all the men.  They are talking about doing some water studies.  That sounds like I might like to assist with that.  We will see what they think I can do.  It is amazing how many people still think that women don’t have the fortitude to study hard and become well-educated. I knew I fought this at Vassar, but here at the Institute, I feel like they still think I will fail because I am a woman.  How will I ever accomplish anything of value if I can’t rise above this way of thinking?

Rainy Day

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

This was a day to be in class or in the lab as it is cold and rainy. We had snow on the Boston streets and sidewalks this morning when I walked to classes.  My classes continue to go way beyond my expectations.  I find that I am winning ways with the professors by keeping up with such things as sewing on buttons and finding things in the lab for them.  I am not above doing this just to keep my place and not make an disturbances.

The Technology still baffles

Monday, January 21st, 2008

We are now well into the first month of this year and the technology of this website still manages to stress me.  I should be studying or doing my water analysys in the laboratory and not working to send another note out.  I am not unhappy in my new status as student here at MIT.  Rather it is quite challenging most days.  The boys in class still do not know what to make of me being in their midst, but they are adjusting.  The chemistry is exactly where I wanted to be, so I will stick it out.

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