There was a substantial period of time where I deliberated over whether to move to
At first I felt like I was banging my head against a wall trying to get here—everything had to be difficult. All the apartments I wanted fell through, the job interview fell through, I got really sick, and so on until I felt like maybe I hadn’t made the right decision (though I knew in my bones I had). Then, little by little, everything started coming together in ways I couldn’t possibly have imagined. I found a great apartment in an incredibly beautiful (and safe) location just a 10 minute walk from Joe and
The company that I work for used to be quite large, but has downsized a lot in the past few years because it is spinning off in an entirely new (and exciting) direction. The research that the company is developing now is fairly new in the field of drug discovery. Basically, my company will partner with other pharmaceutical companies that have drugs that are not doing well in clinical trials and try to "reposition" them for other uses. So, my company would run a whole host of assays on that drug to see if it is affecting some other biological process. Because the biology of our bodies is quite redundant, a drug that was meant to treat, say, a heart condition, might actually be better at treating cancer or Parkinson's or dermititis. Because pharmeceutical companies spend an incredible amount of time and money developing drugs (and getting them approved by the FDA for use in clinical trials), it would be much more effective for them to reposition a drug that is not doing well (if it is even possible to do so) than to go back to the drawing board and start again. This is exciting to me.
The first thing that really stood out about my company was the level of respect with which everyone treats each other. I just haven’t seen that sort of a thing anywhere else. I feel like the company truly values my time there and that they are really exited to have me on the team and that is great.
My desk is in a cubicle, which is kind of weird. There are six of us in a row (three on each side) with our desks facing away from each other. Everyone has his/her cubicle decorated with pictures and little knickknacks to make the cube seem a little less cube-like, which makes mine kind of sad—the only thing I have up so far is the dojo schedule. Everyone is really, really nice, and most of them are quirky like me. We are going to get along splendidly.
The company has this get-together every Friday night called FLIC (which stands for Friday Libations in
I am beginning to realize how lucky I am to have this job. Evidently, the interviewed around 15 people before choosing me, which makes me feel good in a way. At FLIC, some of the guys were talking about how it is almost impossible to get a job in
I miss home a lot, but I am really excited to be here. It helps that I have a great job, a great apartment, and good friends around. Boston will probably not feel like home for a while, but I'm okay with that. I didn't move here to be comfortable.