Now that I have really developed a routine, I feel as though I can take ownership of the tasks I do on a regular basis. For instance, every week I handle the tagging and tailing of mice, PCR, and running gels, and whenever it is needed I also section tissue blocks and stain slides for histology. These tasks that I am proficient enough to take care of independently provide me with a certain satisfaction because I know exactly what to do and I don’t need to rely on other members of the lab for assistance. Although this internship takes place in Ann Arbor, it is interesting being in the city over the summer when the dynamics are a bit different than during the school year. My apartment is near downtown, where things are more busy with activity, and since a lot of students have left for the summer, I get the sense that I am connecting with more of the local population that lives here in Ann Arbor. There are also many festivals that Ann Arbor hosts, which are fun to witness. When the Ann Arbor Summer Festival was happening, I could hear all the music performances from my apartment because I lived so close. I also got to experience the Ann Arbor Art Fair, which is a pretty big attraction. These events have given me the chance to see a different side of Ann Arbor that isn’t necessarily present during the school year, and I have definitely enjoyed taking part.