Starting up

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 pchem midterm yet. But things are going smoothly.

biobotsI recently took initiative (mom!) and landed a marketing job at BioBots, a Philly-based startup that builds 3D bioprinters. What’s bioprinting, you ask? Well, it’s actually part of my job at BioBots to explain it to people. Basically, think 3D printing but with biocompatible materials that can be implanted in the body. Simple idea with a lot of applications. The end goal is to eventually be able to 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 is a new experience for me. My supervisors are more like teammates; a handful of them are grad students or recent graduates, and it feels more like I’m working with people rather than for them. 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 and we all learn from each other. The business, marketing, design, and engineering all intersect.

Anyway, some more recent life updates: I’ve been working on some new art, taking photos for Penn, and writing for Under the Button as usual. Bioengineering is keeping me busy. Classes are interesting and specialized, and getting more so. And being a junior comes with an ethos that feels nice.

Just wanted to check in. Thanks for reading!

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