ESP Biography

LILLIA BAIRD, Mount Holyoke sophomore studying biochemistry

Major: biochemistry

College/Employer: Mount Holyoke College

Year of Graduation: 2018

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I grew up in Newton and started going to Splash's at some point and now I study at Mount Holyoke and am driving home to teach all of you going to Splash.
I'm a biochemistry major, hoping to do independent research on something to do with molecular biology and plants. I also really like poisons (note that I said poisons, not poisoning). I'm also part of a bollywood-hip hop fusion dance group on campus called MHC Jhumka (shameless plug: we're on youtube).
For someone who's not cool, I'm pretty cool. Also, I don't know how to write biographies of myself, which explains this.

Past Classes

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S9979: Muscles and Bones: A Hands-On Approach in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Use your muscles and bones to feel how your muscles and bones work. No, we won't be naming all 206(ish) bones and 640(ish) skeletal muscles in the body, but the major ones and cool ones will be covered. This will be a very hands-on approach, so it will be best if you're ok with others touching you and you touching others (ex. feeling someone's spine)

X9980: Stretch Break! in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Take a break from wandering around MIT carrying heavy coats and heavier books. Come and stretch! Have a specific thing you want to learn stretches for? We got that. Want to just stretch in general? You can do that too. Anyone is free to stretch with us, regardless of flexibility or anything else. I might also toss in a little bit of theory behind stretching if people want. Who knows.

X10072: Womens' Colleges: Q&A in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Are you thinking about college? Are you wondering what being at a women's college is like? If you would like it? Wondering what's going on with trans people and women's colleges and how it could affect you? Literally any other question even slightly related to women's colleges? Well, ask a student from a womens' college! I can (try) to answer any questions you may have, including trans policies, campus life, academics, applying, and more! Disclaimer: I've only had personal experiences with one women's college, but will try my hardest to be general to all women's colleges.

S10081: Let's Talk about Plants in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Do you love plants? I love plants. Even if you're kinda meh on plants, come and learn why you should love them like I love them. This class will cover the basics of how plants live, grow, and reproduce, as well as plant defense mechanisms because I think that's really cool. Plants. Plants plants plants. Plants.

S10082: How to Get Away with Murder: Poisons Edition in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Poisoning someone may seem like a good idea. But it's really not, for a number of reasons. Besides, you know, all the ethical ones and the killing people, the fact is that it's a lot harder to get away with poisoning people than it once was. We'll talk about some famous poisoning killers (serial or not) and how they got caught, some super cool techniques for detecting poisons, and generally just cool poisons. So I guess this class is really less of a "how to get away with murder" than a "why you're not going to get away with murder," but that's besides the point, considering that you shouldn't be murdering people.

X10084: Ultimate Tic Tac Toe in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Are you bored of tic tac toe? Do you wish that tic tac toe was a little bit more like tic tac toe inception? Well, come learn how to play ultimate tic tac toe and all your tic tac toe dreams will come true.

A10086: Bollywood? Hip hop? Jhumka! in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Learn a song or two from past seasons of MHC Jhumka, Mount Holyoke's first bollywood hip hop fusion dance group! Depending on what the class wants to learn it could be bollywood, hip hop, or something in between. I'll have a few routines prepared for people to vote on.

S10090: Drawing Organic Molecules for Fun in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Do you like drawing? How about organic molecules? I'll give a brief overview of organic molecule drawing rules and then we'll have a grand old time drawing organic molecules. It'll be fun. There'll probably be food. There'll probably be music. You do not need to know anything about organic chemistry to do this course.

X10101: Chronic Illness Get Together in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Do you have a chronic illness and want to talk to others with chronic illnesses? Come sit and talk, no matter whether it ends up being about the best spoonie life-hacks, complaining about doctors, or something completely unrelated like whether polka dots or stripes is the better pattern.