I’m back! The trip was a great success. It was great to see many of my old friends from undergrad again. If you have to travel somewhere and you don’t want to fly, I highly recommend Amtrak trains. They were dependable, roomy, and the staff was great. This is the 7th or eighth time I’ve used Amtrak to travel somewhere and, with one exception, the trips have all gone smoothly. Bring a bagged lunch/meal though if you don’t want to pay the outrageous prices for the food($6 for a hot dog!! 0_o).
Having a 8 hour leg on my trip was almost the best part! I’ve never gotten more work accomplished then I did on the train. I did all of my flashcards that were due in Anki, read four journal articles(to prep for a meeting with a potential PI later this week), studied for the MCAT, and wrote several blog entries to help keep my workload lighter once school starts. Whew!
My next article coming a little later this week will tackle the pitfalls many people(including me!) encounter in making and keeping their New Years goals.