Since my internship has begun my expectations have changed significantly. Initially, I thought I would arrive here and everything would be smooth sailing – I would come into the lab everyday, discuss things with my mentor, get the work done, and spend my nights doing whatever I wanted to do; however, everything has taken a bit of a turn. I am basically doing all of my work on my own instead of being supervised. I have done research without constant supervision before, however since this is a new type of research for me and it is a lot of hands on work it is much more of a struggle. I have to spend a lot of time rereading and googling things in order to figure out how to identify different species that seem to look the same to me and I have to pester Prayas to check my work since he has more expertise in the subject. He doesn’t seem to mind much though, I think he likes the subject and to quote him “I help you with all of the Indian stuff and you help me with my English so I can do better on the GRE.”
I have also been doing a lot of listening to Hayley Kiyoko’s album titled Expectations because it is the only album that will play without significant buffering on my spotify. I’m not complaining though; I think the universe is trying to fill my life with gay anthems during pride month since there won’t be any celebrating here.
One final expectation I had that has been exceeded is the cuteness of the dogs here. I try not to pet them for safety reasons, but they are incredibly cute.