Whether I’m up on north campus among the engineers or down on central with a journal in one of Ann Arbor’s many coffee shops, I feel both at home and out of place. Chemical engineering and writing split my intellectual time. Although I am a member of both academic communities in my own right, I feel out of place in one because I belong to the other, and vice versa. Balancing these two halves of my academic pursuit stems from my attempts to balance the two halves of my brain.
The left hemisphere of the brain is responsible for logical functions: my left hemisphere is filled with chemistry and engineering on a daily basis. I find few things more enjoyable than solving for the missing variable in a complicated equation—even if the answer takes until 6:00 am to find. I love establishing a connection between the information I am given and the solution I seek.
The right hemisphere of the brain is responsible for creative functions: my right hemisphere consists of reading and writing. If science is my adventure, writing is my passion. Putting my thoughts together on paper organizes the areas of my mind that are instinctively disordered. I use writing to establish a connection between my audience and myself.
The corpus callosum is the bundle of neural tissues that bridges the longitudinal fissure that separates the left and right hemispheres of the brain: these connections are where I find a balance between science and art. Each half of my brain attempts to establish connections in different ways; my balance exists in the communication between both hemispheres, comparing and contrasting my scientific and artistic experiences.
As you explore the menu bar above, you’ll find I’ve organized this site in the same way I organize my brain. In the leftbrain are projects from the chemical engineering half of my academic pursuits, in rightbrain, from the artistic writing half. Enjoy!