So this is kind of funny because I already have an “About” page on my blog, but I’m making this introduction just for this class!

So hi! My name is Margaret and I want to be a medical researcher when I grow up (at 21 I might have to be an adult, but I surely don’t have to be a grown up all the time). I’m a senior this year, but I’ll be a senior again next year because I’m working on a dual degree in Chemical Engineering and International Studies. The main difference between a dual degree and a double major is that with a double major you get one diploma and one bachelors degree that is split between two focuses. Dual degree students receive two diplomas and bachelor’s degrees; one for each degree they have completed. So yeah, you could say its pretty cool!

My major goal in life is to move to Europe, maybe Germany or Italy, and be a medical researcher in either a private lab or a hospital facility. I ‘ll probably end up going to medical school but until then I’m honestly trying not to think about it. Because I want to do research I’ll be going for an MD/PhD which takes twice as long. Basically, I’ll be in school for the rest of forever. After I eventually finish, I want to move to Europe like I mentioned above. I’ve studied abroad twice so far in college and I’ve seen enough of Europe to know I’d be happy living there forever! Italy is my favorite place I’ve ever been, but Germany is more likely to have the type of companies I want to work for. Honestly I’d live almost anywhere, but my “Dream Job” would be to work for the World Heath Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Other fun facts about me:

  • I have one sister who is five years older than me. She’s my favorite person in the whole entire world.
  • I have two nieces and one nephew and they’re all pretty great when they behave.
  • I have two cats and a dog. I love all of my animals but I am more of a cat person than a dog person. That’s not to say that I don’t like dogs – I do – but I just like cats better. I appreciate that they are very independent. It makes me feel very special when they deign to spend time with me.
  • I collect souvenir shot glasses. You know, the ones you can buy at the airport or gift shops? Yeah those. I have over a hundred from all over the world. A lot of my friends know I collect them and will bring me one when they travel (I have awesome friends). They’re not all shot glasses exactly, but all of them come from somewhere awesome. The picture at the top is an old photo of them, minus about 2 dozen that wouldn’t fit or hadn’t been bought yet.

Image: Personal photo of shot glass collection. Taken May 2016.

27 thoughts on “Introducing Me: Future Medical Researcher

  1. That is indeed very cool about the dual degree, Margaret: I didn’t even know that was possible! And what a great combination of studies: I think both sciences and humanities are stronger when you develop them together. And the fact that science is its own universal language will give you wonderful career opportunities abroad I am sure. Very exciting! And the shot glass collection is definitely a first, ha ha. Maybe you could do a project for this class about the alcoholic beverages of the world; they usually have all kinds of good mythology and folklore, sometimes even gods and goddesses, associated with them. Of course there are so many possible intersections between your interests and the topics of this class, and I hope you have fun with the brainstorming later this week to see what kind of topic you might do as a project for the semester!

  2. Hello, Margaret! I am so impressed that you are working towards a duel degree. I am a chemical engineering senior as well and I could not imagine trying to do more work on top of an already difficult degree! You seem to have a great plan and I hope that you can accomplish all of your goals! Also, I love your shot glass collection. For the last year I have been a bartender and I can appreciate a good shot glass. Best of luck.

  3. Hey Margaret! That’s super awesome that you want to be a medical researcher. I thought that alone was impressive enough but pursing TWO degrees that’s just incredible! I hardly have time to keep up with one. I know its a lot of school but it will worth it in the end, and I hope you get to move to Europe some day because of that! Never stop pursing your dreams!
    Oh and a P.S. I think your shot glasses are cool, looks like you have a really awesome collection so far

  4. Hi Margaret! That’s so cool that you want to be a medical researcher when you grow up! I have similar aspirations in that I want to get into medical school and become a doctor. But like you said, “but until then honestly I’m trying not to think about it”. I’m jealous that you’ve been to Europe before. It’s always been a dream of mine to go out of the country and visit such places. The only place I’ve been out of the country is Vietnam and that was one time about 7 years ago. However, I do plan on going somewhere in Europe next summer with a bunch of my friends. That’s also a very neat collection of shot glasses that you have. It’s funny because I personally don’t collect shot glasses, but I purchase them for my friends whenever I travel anywhere.

  5. Hello Margret! I love your choices of majors. Both of my parents and several friends of mine are ChemE, so I have known a lot about it all of my life. Pairing it with International Studies is an amazing idea, and it is unusual enough that it will stand out on resumes. What made you decide to double major?
    I like your souvenir shot glass collection. My mom got me shot glasses that look like beakers and graduated cylinders; I think that something similar would go great in your collection, because it goes with your major. However, they aren’t necessarily souvenirs, so they might not apply. I also agree that cats are better because they basically take care of themselves. I have never owned a cat though, so I might not be a credible source.

  6. Hello! I am also a Chemical Engineer. I am a junior and I absolutely love the major. I am getting my masters and am currently doing research for Dr. O’Rear in the Asphalt Binder lab in Sarkeys! I love research, I love pharmaceutical sciences, and I love everything that goes into mass production of materials. We need more people like you in this world, and I am incredibly happy that you have chosen such a productive and exciting field of study. I am always happy to see women step up to the challenges of society and think you will do very well. Good luck, and have fun! 🙂

  7. Hey Margaret! You sound like you’ve got a lot on your plate and It’s pretty impressive. You seem very free spirited. I am also a huge fan of traveling. I wish you had posted pictures from some of your trips! I’ve not been to Europe, or even out of the United States yet, but I plan to go in the future. I’m actually planning a trip to Mexico around Christmas this year, so we’ll see how this world traveling works for me. I’ve got 2.5 more years at OU and 2.5 at PA school which seems like an eternity, but that’s nothing compared to you. I wish you the best of luck with school, travels, and career!

    1. Hey Casey! I actually use this website for a lot more than this class, and it has some pictures of my travels on here, if you want to check them out. I have pictures of Venice, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Edinburgh and Dublin. I’ll put the links at the end. If you do check them out, let me know what you think!

      http://margaretbourlon.com/ou-in-arezzo/venice-through-a-camera/
      http://margaretbourlon.com/ou-in-arezzo/rome-pics-or-it-didnt-happe/
      http://margaretbourlon.com/tbe/adventures-in-paris/
      http://margaretbourlon.com/tbe/exploits-in-berlin/
      http://margaretbourlon.com/tbe/exploring-edinburgh/
      http://margaretbourlon.com/tbe/following-dublin/

  8. That’s so cool that you want to be a medical researcher. Is there anything specific you hope to spend most of your research on? I also love your shot glass collection and how you collect them based off of where you or friends go. I myself used to collect pins on my travels and have a lot from all over myself. Do your cats and dog get along well or are they chasing each other a lot?

    1. They honestly get along great! One of my cats, Charlie, spends more time with the dog than with the other cat.
      I would love to research genetic disorders and potential treatments for them, but that’s kind of specific, so we’ll see if it happens.

  9. Margaret,
    When I first came to your page, I was looking for the Introduction post. While looking, I realized that you already have this entire website set up, and you have simply incorporated your assignments for this class! Very cool. As someone also interested in entering the medical field, I’m curious as to what you are interested regarding your medical research!
    Also, very impressed with the dual-degrees. Sounds more difficult than the more common double-major!
    I like the shot glass collection. I was once in charge of looking after several shot glasses that a friend had brought back home from Europe. Pretty sure one ended up either broken or missing, whoops. Good work on keeping up with your collection!

  10. Hi Margaret, I really enjoyed reading your introduction post and getting to find out a little bit about who you are. That’s really cool that you are so interested in medical research. I have a lot of friends interested in the medical field, but haven’t really had any interested in research so that’s super unique. I hope you have a lot of success and find fulfillment wherever your career might take you! Also, your shot glass collection is super impressive!

  11. Hey Margaret nice getting to know a little bit about you. I very much respect your idea of going for your MD/PHD. As you know that road is long and hard but well worth it in the end. I have done some research at OMRF and found it to be something that I enjoy, however not quite what I think I could do the rest of my life lol. Oh! All your shot glasses as well, WOW. You have a great collection started!

  12. Hey Margaret! That dual degree thing is pretty cool, I definitely didn’t know that was a thing until now! I would love to visit Italy someday. I think it would be an amazing place to live. Other than the fact that I love Italian food, I think the whole country is just beautiful, especially the countryside. I appreciate your take on why you like cats better, although I’d have to say I’m still a hardcore dog person 🙂 Good luck with your future endeavors, I hope you make it to Europe someday.

  13. Hey Margaret! First of all, I have to say “wow” to your page. It is very impressive. But anyway, you seem really outgoing from your writing. I think its really interesting that your pursuing a MD/PhD program. I have just recently submitted my application for medical school as well. So I wish you all the luck! And I can totally relate to being in school for the rest of forever. Also, I thought your fun facts actually upheld the “fun” name, which isn’t a common feat!

  14. Hi Margaret!
    I love the design of your blog and I really like the picture of the city you used for your background! I haven’t ever met another student that is getting a dual degree in both chemical engineering and international studies, but it sounds super cool! I hope you are having a great semester so far and I’m excited to explore the rest of your blog.

  15. Hey Margaret!
    Your blog design is so cool. I am definitely technology challenged, so my blog is pretty basic. It is really cool to get to visit everyones pages and see all the different formats that are possible. It is really cool that you want to move out of the country. It would be so cool to completely move to a new country. Good luck with this semester!

  16. Hi Margaret! I love the design of your blog, it’s really beautiful. Also, your professional and academic goals are incredible! Being a medical researcher sounds tough but rewarding. Also, Switzerland sounds like the best place to do it. I’ve only visited Europe once and never any of the places you mentioned, but I’ve heard from my well-travelled friends that Italy, Germany and Switzerland are magical. I loved learning a little about you — good luck with all your plans!

  17. Hello Margaret! I think you might have one of the best designed blogs that I have seen yet. I think you have some great goals and I hope those all become realities for you in the future. I also think it is cool that you want to move out of the country because my parents are actually trying to move to Costa Rica just to live a different lifestyle and gain some culture. Overall great stuff you’re doing here.

  18. Hi Margaret!
    I had no idea that’s what a dual degree was. That’s amazing that you’ll have a degree in both areas. Your aspirations for the future are very ambitious and I wish you the best of luck! It sounds like you have it all planned out. Living in Europe would be so interesting. Have you always wanted to live there, or did that come from your experience traveling abroad? That shot glass collection is impressive! Good luck with the semester.

  19. Nice pictures, Margaret. Your wall is much different than most people’s I have seen. I do remember meeting you at the Women’s Welcome 2014 along with Maggie and the red head girl (absolutely do not remember her name, but I know she is a Mechanical Engineer). Your intro was certainly written to be fun, so thanks for that. Reading your story now, ciao.

  20. Hi Margaret!
    I really like the design of your page. It’s truly unique, and I like how you overlayed images at the top of this particular blog post. It’s awesome that you will be getting a dual degree. If I could go back, I would definitely have decided that my freshman year. I also have a sister but she’s one year younger than me. We might have our fights, but she also is my favorite person in the entire world. I wish you best of luck with the rest of the semester. Nice to meet you!

  21. Hi Margaret! It’s cool that we’re both in this class — I believe we had class together freshman year as part of the Global Engagement Fellowship! It’s great to see you working toward your academic goals AND your impressive souvenir shot glass collection. I so hope you can one day work for WHO in Geneva — that would be so cool and sounds like it’d be right up your alley. Enjoy the rest of the semester!

  22. Hello Margaret! The line about being in school for the rest of forever made my day. I say the same thing and I am not even going into any kind of field associated with science haha. I am an older student so I have to take less classes so one day I will get a bachelor’s. I agree with you, cats are better than dogs. That moment they put that paw on you and meow at you lets you know they own you now haha.

  23. Margaret! I think we can all agree that school seems completely never ending these days! And Medical Research definitely seems like a field that would feel that way! And a dual degree, I mean woah! But good for you for being so motivated! We are all rooting for you! I really enjoy the layout of your page and the pictures you added are so unique! It’s also awesome that this is your blog for a lot of other things I guess? Like OU in Arezzo? So cool that you’ve gotten to experience so many things while in Undergrad! The shot class collection had me shook – but hey got to get through undergrad somehow I guess! Good luck Margaret and I can’t wait to read more of your work!

  24. Hi Margaret! I think it is great that you want to be a medical researcher. I believe they contribute a lot to society with the work they do. Moving to Europe would be pretty awesome. However, I have not been there myself, but I plan to go there at some point in the near future. Good luck with the rest of your semester.

  25. Hello Margaret!

    You are definitely way more dedicated than I am when it comes to school! A dual degree sounds like a whole lot of effort! That’s amazing that you’re going through with it!
    You’re also more adventurous than I am! I would love to visit European countries but I could never live so far away from home for the rest of my life, I would miss Texas and my family way too much!
    Your shot glass collection is fantastic! I’m so jealous! I’ve just started my own but I don’t think it’ll get near as big as yours!

    It was so great meeting you! Good luck with the rest of your semester!

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