Learning in science is truly testing, failing, adjusting, and testing again. This has been a tough lesson to grasp. Nobody expects the results to always match the hypothesis every time, in fact it’s expected that it will take multiple adjustments to find something that works. Being a college student, failure is not what we expect of ourselves, and I know that’s not what I expect from myself. Understanding that failing in research is inevitable has become very important to continue to keep thinking, revising, and repeating. I’m lucky to work with mentors that emphasize this point, whether one quick experiment didn’t turn out as planned, or a longer length project doesn’t lead to new information, they are supportive in trying the experiment again after thinking through the potential issues and changes that can be made. Through talking with my mentor, colleagues in lab, and hearing from graduate students at my programs weekly seminars, it’s clear that science isn’t something that just goes right–rather it takes critical thought, sometimes tedious repetition of work, and willingness to keep going in order to get results and even that might take years. I believe accepting this as being apart of a career in research and acknowledging that if I do decide to attend graduate school, it would be apart of my future as well.
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