And with finals, the first semester of my senior year comes to a close. Plans for the future? Definitely.
Although I will be continuing my independent seminar throughout next semester, I have still accomplished quite a bit this semester that I can reflect upon. In no particular order, here are a few of the tasks I have completed:
- Successfully grew multiple phytoplankton cultures in both sterile and non-sterile environments
- Attended the Thiel Foundation Summit in Las Vegas and met a bunch of awesome people
- Joined the Catapult Incubator
- Gained 5 new team members to bring Nannofood to market
- Received two new mentors who are current MBA students at Wharton
- Was published as the Mainline Student of the Week this week
- Established a business model and target market
- Progressed in research about the nutritional complexities of a phytoplankton food source
- Received a Scientific Research Permit from the state of Delaware to collect and keep horseshoe crabs
- Acquired adult horseshoe crabs and set up a 12-foot above-ground pool
- I am currently preparing a 10-foot pool for a phytoplankton culture
- The website is just about finished (it just has to be uploaded)
- I designed and printed my own business cards (a small but glorious pursuit)
- Completed my first horseshoe crab blood extraction
- Obtained a 47-year-old German journal article about creating Limulus Amebocyte Lysate
That’s just off the top of my head. It has been quite a successful semester, and I am excited to see what comes next. I have a few plans, from finishing up the design and implementation of a 10-foot, 1100 gallon above-ground pool for a phytoplankton culture to pursuing crowdfunding and investors, setting up an actual facility and obtaining the required permissions to start selling a phytoplankton supplement. It is a thrilling time, and I am excited to bring everybody along for the ride.
My quote for this week is from William WIlberforce. I was speaking to a friend I met in Las Vegas at the Thiel Foundation Summit, and she mentioned this quote: “We are too young to realize that certain things are impossible… So we will do them anyway.” I feel that this is incredibly important because I don’t think anything is impossible. Impossibility is a result of societal structure and the stigma of something being impossible. If we don’t see anything as impossible, nothing stops us from making it possible.
Until next semester,