Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hi, everyone.

This is my first blog post for the Orange. I’ll mostly be uploading photos with short descriptions. But since this is the first post, I’ll do an intro.  

Facts about me:

  • I study psychology and environmental studies. 
  • I’m a senior.I do research at a cognitive psych lab that uses an eye-tracking device that can record your eye position a 1000 times a second) 
  • I’ve spent all three summers in the Twin Cities, interning and working at awesome places.  
  • I live off-campus right now with two of my good friends. I thought I would want to live on campus for all four years because I loved my residential experience here, but living off campus is amazingly fun and useful for acquiring life skills (*see note about squash soup below). 
  • Oh, and I’m from Yongin, South Korea.  

This photo is of where I spend a lot of my time, the Psychology Department. Our hallways don’t always look like this. Last Friday, the day before Halloween, the department hosted a Halloween lab tour, which meant that students, staff or anyone in the community were welcome to visit the labs, participate in fun experiments and eat chocolate. I had to miss it because I have a volunteer shift at the National Institute for Mental Illness (NAMI) on Friday afternoons. But my lab had eyeball candy (cause we’re an eye-tracking lab remember) and eyeball cookies that you could decorate. If you ever want to know more about my experience as a psych major, I could go on for hours, so don’t hesitate to contact me even if it’s not psych-related (mkim1@macalester.edu). I could tell you all about our Halloween eye-tracking experiment that involved looking for an angry looking pumpkin among a sea of happy pumpkins (but there’s a twist because in one condition all of your periphery view is blurred and then in the next condition, everything you focus on gets blurred, and you see ONLY your periphery, and yeah you betcha that’s disorienting). 

*One last thing I want to share! I made acorn squash soup for the first time today. I’ve never really had to cook for myself in high school (it’s typical for South Korean students to return from school at around 10 or 11 pm, so dinner is typically served at school there). So I’m a novice at cooking, which is why when I tried to puree my soup in the blender earlier, 1/3 of the contents flew out. “Small batches,” is the key to pureeing I think. Now I know. Maybe I’ll have a picture next time. 

Bye for now.