INERTIA IS A PROPERTY OF MATTER. You know your life is complete when Bill Nye the Science Guy approves your research thesis. Swank! Today Bill Nye came to speak at the renaming of our Geology building after some rich family who donated. It was in the midst of finals but tons of people still came, and there was standing room only for the screen broadcasting his speech from the auditorium. He is super adorable and such an entertainer. Sporting his iconic red tie but not his powder blue lab coat (he's grown out of that), Bill looked a bit older and more refined. "Change the WORLD!" I remember watching him as a kid and starting my roots in science. I owe a lot of what I've accomplished so far to him! He used to work at Boeing and studied as an engineer but what brought him to fame was his passion and quirky TV personality. That was a moment of affirmation for me - over the next few years in med school I need something fun to hold onto, so I'm packing this blog to bring with me :)
They had this thing catered to the teeth. Candy painted to look like space rocks, star and moon-shaped croissant sandwiches, chocolate martinis, a pink chocolate fondue fountain, what what our graduation better be half this good! Whoever organized this did such a creative job, the waiters were all very friendly, and the "adults" didn't chew us out for stalking him all over the building. There were food and drinks on every floor and at the top a live jazz band swooned the crowd. The earth and planetary sciences are so underrated at WashU. As a kid I also really liked learning about rocks and minerals and grew a bunch of crystals at home and for science fairs. Scoping out the building led me to pastel fluorite, fossils, and even glow in the dark stones that looked like they were splattered with neon graffiti. Awesome.
I felt bad that we all stalked him everywhere as he was trying to tour the place. Basically he just got his soda and we started tightening the circle like little zombies. But no shame! YOLO and Bill Nye has been our generation of science geeks' idol forever.
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