I had my first comparative invertebrate zoology lab today. My TA is awesome and super friendly and nice.
Oh, and I have to question where all the money that everyone pays to the school goes to when I had go to through three compound microscopes in order to get one that “works okay”.
My first microscope? The light would turn on, but one of the pieces were broken and when I looked through the eyepiece, there was nothing, no matter how bright the light was turned up.
My second microscope? Plug it in, no light. The area around where the lightbulb was would get hot (very quickly) but no light. My TA took this one away.
My third microscope? The light would turn on (yay!) and I could see things through the eyepiece (yay!). But… for some odd reason, the light wasn’t ‘even’. There were some incredibly bright batches that would always be lighter than the rest, no matter what magnification I would turn it to.
Which makes me glad that I get to use quality microscopes in my plant physiology lab (because they work?), but annoyed as heck because I had to play musical microscopes until I found one that would work well enough. The lab for that class normally occurs in another section of the building (with better microscopes!) but that wing is being renovated (which really sucks because you can hear construction sounds from everywhere in the building), so I’m in an older section of the building with shabby microscopes (obviously). The lab itself is good, but the microscope kinda sucks.
Other than that, went to a local college to hand in some stuff for my application (whoo, nursing programs!). And oh my goodness… My school’s Registrar department is an entire building. It’s a gorgeous building with three floors and high glass walls (that is obviously where my tuition money is going to!) and the local college? I could have fit their Registrar’s department into maybe half of a lecture hall of my school. The ‘front’ section where students are allowed to go is about a third of the size of my bedroom. It was teeny tiny, super crowded. And my goodness, the inside area of the building looked like the outside of my school’s campus (minus all the cars, gardens, etc.). It was a bit weird to me, I wasn’t expecting something that looked like the steps outside of one of the buildings I’m very familiar with on the inside of a school. But…. That application’s done!