Sunnydale, CA, just a couple of hours north of Los Angeles by car, must be the most interesting place to live! With a population of only 38,500 (as per the “Welcome to Sunnydale” sign in 2x03 “School Hard”), this piece of suburbia has:
A hellmouth (1x01 “Welcome to the Hellmouth”)
A lake (1x12 “Prophecy Girl”)
A beach (2x20 “Go Fish”)
A cliff called Kingman’s Bluff (3x10 “Amends”)
Government and Cultural Institutions
Sunnydale Zoo (1x06 “The Pack”)
Natural History Museum (2x04 “Inca Mummy Girl”, 2x21 “Becoming, Part One”)
Two hospitals: Mercy Hospital (1x12 “Prophecy Girl”), and Sunnydale Memorial a.k.a. Sunnydale General Hospital (1x07 “Angel”, 2x18 “Killed by Death”)
A military base, one with a rocket launcher (2x14 “Innocence”)
A secret military agency, built underground, called the Initiative (4x04 “Fear Itself”)
Several high schools (and presumably a number of elementary and middle schools as well): Sunnydale High, Fondren High (2x02 “Some Assembly Required”), Kent Preparatory School (2x05 “Reptile Boy”), Miss Porter’s (3x02 “Dead Man’s Party”)
Two colleges: Crestwood College (2x05 “Reptile Boy”), and UC Sunnydale (4x01 “The Freshman”)
Concentration of Consecrated Grounds
43 churches (2x10 “What’s My Line, Part Two”)
12 cemeteries (3x17 “Revelations”)
Sunnydale Bus Depot (2x04 “Inca Mummy Girl”)
A port that can accommodate large cargo ships, possibly those bound for Asia (2x13 “Surprise”)
Sunnydale International Airport (3x19 “Choices”, 6x01 “Bargaining, Part One”). An “international” airport is one equipped to handle immigration and customs.
Sunnydale Train Station (5x14 “Crush”), also a terminus (a station at the end of a railway line)
Historical/Mystical Landmarks and Artifacts
The du Lac Cross (2x09 “What’s My Line, Part One”)
Glove of Myhneghon (3x07 “Relevations”)
Gem of Amarra (4x03 “Harsh Light of Day”)
The Scythe, forged centuries ago for the Slayer (7x21 “End of Days”)
Old Sunnydale Mission, a Catholic mission buried by an earthquake in 1812 (4x18 “Pangs”)
An Egyptian (wth, Joss?) tomb, sheltering the last of the Guardians (7x21 “End of Days”)
Other Unique Features
A high mortality rate (2x20 “Go Fish”)
A sewer tunnel network popular among vampires and demons (1x02 “The Harvest”)
A multitude of abandoned factories and houses (2x01 “When She Was Bad”)
Large woods (3x05 “Homecoming”, 6x02 “Bargaining, Part Two”)
A desert containing a sacred spot (5x18 “Intervention”, 7x13 “The Killer in Me”)
psa I’m just rambling all over this thing, so just enjoy the pretty photos of where I started and where I am now
I’ve been thinking a lot about how far I’ve come over the last year and I never expected to be where I am today.
Since graduating so much has happened!
I defended my thesis
spent a summer applying to every job possible (I swear I applied at 50+ places)
moved to the bay
got a full time job (which is awesome, and I talk to scientists everyday)
got a girlfriend (she’s pretty darn cool too)
submitted my research for publication (yay!)
still enjoying my job
I definitely worked my ass off and I’m stoked to be here but none of it would have happened if I didn’t take step out of my comfort zone and get lucky.
In undergrad I joined a research lab, learned how to dive, moved to Catalina, that got me into grad-school, studied one of the most elusive fish in Southern California, crowdfunded, gave a billion talks, and networked like it was my job.
All of these things, the steps I took, they all helped me get to here and made me the scientist I am (or was 🤔). It was a long road with hiccups everywhere but I kept pushing.
I have no idea where I’m going with this, but really I just want to help people get to where they want to go in science and make science happen for anyone who wants to do research.
Anytime I read about tips and tricks for undergrads, grads, and researchers I’ll try to post something here (and if I think of anything). I wish I had someone to guide me through it all but I just winged it and ended up taking classes I didn’t need to and was unprepared in some scenarios. With that said if you have questions or need help, I’ll do my best to answer your questions.
If you actually read all of this. You’re the real champ