Hi from half a semester deep into junior year. I think I’m finally starting to get the hang of college—actually, too early to say since I don’t know what I got on my physical chemistry midterm yet. But things are going smoothly.
Recently, in a blip of proactivity, I took initiative (mom!) and landed a job at BioBots. They’re a 3D bioprinting startup based in Philly that’s actually a suspiciously perfect fit for me. The heck is 3D-bioprinting, you ask? Well, it’s actually part of my role at BioBots to explain since I’m in charge of developing their web presence and building awareness—and a culture—around 3D bioprinting. It’s basically 3D printing (duh) but with biocompatible materials that, for example, can be implanted in the body. Simple idea with a lot of applications. The end goal is to eventually be able to 3D print cells, tissues, and even organs for different therapeutic applications. Very very cool stuff—the kind of stuff that reminds me why I’m studying bioengineering in the first place.
Working at a startup company is a new experience for me. It’s unlike working for a normal, well-established company and the vibe is apparent from head to toe. For start(up)ers, my bosses are more like co-workers. A handful of them are grad students or recent graduates, and it feels more like I’m working with people rather than for them. That said, roles aren’t strictly defined either, and I think that’s valuable for a startup; everyone’s a jack of at least a few trades. The business, marketing, and engineering all intersect.
I’ve only been working at BioBots for about a month but can already tell it’s going to be rewarding. Everyone should work for a startup company if they get the chance. It’s the highest form of group work. And it’s genuinely exciting because of how much you can learn in such a short wave of time. I really like it.
Well anyway, enough about that. More recent life stuff: I’ve been workin’ on some new art, taking photos for Penn, and writing for Under the Button as usual. Bioengineering is keeping me busy, and I can always depend on it to do that. Classes are interesting and specialized, and getting more so. And being a junior comes with an ethos that feels nice.
Hopefully I can crank out more of these li’l posts when I get the chance.