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.

11 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!

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