Friday, March 18, 2011

Nuclear Fallout and Other News

Spring break is drawing to a close. Despite the one week "vacation" that we had, this blog is completely forlorn. In truth, I haven't had much time to sit down and blog since the start of spring break. I've been too busy fulfilling my shadowing hours, gathering all of the materials necessary for the dental school application process, and working on a project for my research lab. Hence the fact that I put "vacation" in quotes.


It's been exactly one week since the monstrous earthquake hit Japan. According to (highly reliable... *cough*) news reports, radiation from the nuclear fallout at the Fukushima Daiichi reactors was scheduled to hit the coast of California this morning. Last night, my dad received an email from his company stating that although low levels of radiation was scheduled to permeate onto the California coast Friday morning, employees were not permitted to skip work simply because of the radiation. It was a last ditch attempt to prevent runaway truancy from work.

Meanwhile, I braved the hazy radiation-filled air outside (though I'm sure breathing normal Los Angeles smog is just as carcinogenic) to go to my shadowing gig at an orthodontist's office. I don't know how to sum up my experiences at the orthodontist's office besides - "AMAZING". He was even gracious enough to agree to write me a letter of recommendation for dental school. I got the opportunity to make alginate impressions, watch the insertion of miniscrews, witness the process of putting on and taking off braces, comfort a little kid who was terrified of getting braces, and other very cool procedures.

Okay, I promise I'll make a better post another day.

One day I'll have enough time in my day to sit down and blog again.

Until then.

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