GRANGER - At a time when most recent high school graduates were busy thinking about how to make the most of their summer before college, Granger High School Valedictorian Karin Golob was busy spending her time learning how to sequence DNA.
Golob spent her summer doing an internship at the Seattle Biomedical Research lab that had her conducting real lab work, working with DNA and holding an eight-hour a day job.
Golob explained that she learned about the internship opportunity several years ago when her older brother took part in the same program. She explained that those who take part in the program have a chance to do internships in one of three areas, engineering, business and genome research.
Golob said she chose to go into genome research because she had enjoyed learning about DNA in her high school biology class. She added that she thought that doing DNA research might be something she could be interested in studying at school.
She added that another reason she decided to apply for the internship was because she felt it would give her a preview of what college life will be like when she left for the University of Washington this fall.
Golob said the internship helped her in both areas. She said she got to learn more about an area of study she now thinks she will pursue in college, and she also got a taste of what life will be like in the near future.
For Golob, the internship meant being on task for eight hours a day over a nine-week period. She said she started every day with a two-hour math class, and then spent six hours working at the lab where she was interning. She added that once a week her two-hour math class was followed by a two-hour ethics class, and then four hours of working in the lab.
She said she got a taste of college life because during the internship she lived in a University of Washington dorm and, she added, the classes she took as part of her internship were taught like a college level course would be taught.
"It was a lot faster," Golob said of the pace of the classes she took during her internship.
She added that not only did she learn a lot about college life, but she also learned a lot about the world of genetics.
Golob said she worked with a lot of nice people and didn't find herself dreading going to work every day. She added that she also got to do a lot of hands-on work.
During her internship Golob worked on solving a medical mystery involving a child who had been treated at Seattle Children's Hospital. Golob said it was her job to amplify a certain portion of the boy's DNA so it could later be tested to determine exactly what gene mutation had led to the boy's condition.
Golob said her work had been sent on for further testing just as her internship was coming to an end.
With her internship now behind her and college lying ahead of her, Golob said she is planning on furthering her interest in genetics when she gets to the University of Washington. She said she now plans on studying bioengineering and going on to medical school. She added that one day she'd like to work in the field of genetics.