For a photojournalism class that I took in fall 2013, I had to turn in a complete picture story every Monday. One of them was the annual Boston University Pumpkin Drop, held by the Boston University physics department. Staff and students fill some 40 pumpkins with paint and flour, and then push the pumpkins off the roof of the Boston University Metcalf Science Center.

I met Julie Williams, a freshman majoring in physics at Boston University from St. Louis, Missouri, and a first-time volunteer for the event. Williams helped gut and fill the pumpkins before the drop, but did not think that she would be able to be on the roof to help, until right before the drop. An aspiring particle physicist, Williams is taking French lessons in hope that she would be able to go to CERN in Geneva in the future.

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