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Brooke Merryman – IIOP Student Blog 5/16/22

Brooke Merryman – IIOP Student Blog 5/16/22

Hello everyone,

It’s been a while since the last blog post. Rewinding back to last month before stressing about finals, we took a trip to Busch Gardens and conquered many of the rollercoasters as well as the carousel. Then, we spent many many hours together studying for finals, and all of us passed them with flying colors. Most of us went home afterwards for a short but sweet two-week summer break. Now, we have started our first class of sophomore semester, Intro to Lab Skills and Materials in O&P. We each received our own toolbox and have started working with all the machines and power tools including the band saw, grinders, sand blaster, blow torches, and many more. This past Friday, we had our white coat ceremony and can now work with patients!

This week’s highlight is Zachary (on the carousel)! He hails from northeast Texas, and Zach studied at the University of Texas at Tyler for Kinesiology with a minor in Biology. He so far has been crushing it with using all the power tools and having great hand skills. His hobbies include fishing, hunting, kayaking, and anything outdoorsy. You will definitely want to be friends with him during a zombie apocalypse to survive.

Stay tuned for the next blog post with more photos and details of our summer projects!