I loooooove my animal biology 50A class. And this is a really REALLY good sign that I have finally found the right major. For the past three weeks we have been dissecting fish and recording what kind of parasites we find and where… the conditions of the organs… all that kind of research. So then we had to come up with a research topic and I came up with the idea that we should compare the weights of fish found to be parasitized with tapeworms with those fish of the same species and age that didn’t have tapeworms and see if there was a negative correlation between parasites and weight, i.e. do tapeworms hinder fish growth? We are going to compare weight and length from parasitized to healthy fish. I am so excited to start collating all of the information. There must be over 150 pages of data.
Ok, I realize that you must think this is incredibly weird and believe me, I think so too! Who in their right mind would want to spend hours going over pages of data about fish parasites and organizing them into lists and graphs? Well, me apparantly and if I had to do this for the rest of my life I think that I would be really satisfied. I think it may be especially exciting because it was my idea, my little parasite baby, and I want to see how it pans out. You know?