Sunday, September 1, 2013

How graduate school teaches me beyond the classroom and laboratory

Update on Graduate School:

So much have changed and I feel like a wheel on a driverless bandwagon. I have switched labs (for financial reasons or the lack of it I should say). In the process of switching labs, I have moved to be closer to said lab and back on campus. Although I am now starting my 4th year, it feels a bit like I am starting over, new lab, new people, new project, new location, new route of getting to work.

How do I feel about all this?

Well, life is never straight forward and smooth, if it were, I dare say, it would be incessantly boring. So, although, it's not the most exciting period right now, I am glad for where I am. Science is based on curiosity and asking questions and my new lab has a lot of questions to ask. I am starting to prepare a new project and I am learning a new technique. I honestly can't wait to get it going.

Looking Backwards?

Yes, how else can I compare where I've been to where I am going. I have learned a lot about myself in the past couple of years. I have worked and I have the data to show the extent of my work. I know that what I learned is never lost and the experiences will forever be a part of my story. My work is extending and will include both past and (the ongoing) present.

Looking Forward?

Absolutely, positively.
When I've settled, I will learn, laugh, sing, write and travel.

After all, graduate school is a training ground.