Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Lessons from Research

As I sit at my desk in the Ameer Lab graduate student office for the last time this summer, I look back on some confusion-filled yet amazing weeks. Asides from the crash-course in orgo + bio while on the run, i've tried to summarize some of the lessons i've learned from my brief dip into the world of research:
  • Good results/data are very hard to come by (and are definitely good reasons for celebration when they do)
  • The more you learn, the more you feel like you know nothing. (especially true when starting in a completely new and foreign field)
  • Key help can sometimes appear in unexpected places
  • Never pass anything non-sterile over something sterile (well, maybe more useful for tissue culture...)
lastly, but definitely most importantly
  • Life is too short to always be annoyed by the little things