I was instantly brought into am ultra-fast spectroscopic lab my freshman year of school. I knew very little about quantum mechanics. After four years of research probing kinetics and dynamics of DNA in solid state configuration, I began to feel very comfortable with high levels of math, precision, and attention to detail. I was paid as a freshman and beyond, to help build up the lab environment. I worked to help organize components and processing for the post- doctorates, graduate, and senior level undergrads that were in the group. I was giving the task of organizing the cryogenic set-up for the pump-probe, TCSPS, UV-Vis, FTIR experiments. At 77° K, I would statistically evaluate properties of DNA nucleotides that did not occupy room temperature kinetics and dynamics. Therefore, based on the rapid ability of DNA nucleotides to relax in a matter of femtoseconds from an excited state; in a solid state we could observe the relaxation time from the excited state to the singlet state in the order of multiple magnitudes. It was fun.