As far a learning from someone who has been in my shoes, I have found a great mentor! She’s a PhD candidate and is working on her 3rd year at Northwestern University. She has been the one guiding me in all my experiments, helping me become acquainted with the lab, and teaching me the background knowledge necessary for my experiments to make sense to me. Even though her plate is full and she is guiding me every step of the way, she told me that I’m the one who is helping her accomplish one of her goals — mentoring. One thing that I’ve learned from her that there is a secret that everyone in science should know— most mistakes in science can be fixed.
I recently have had to read a graduate level article and present the figures to all the post docs, graduate students, and my P.I. From this experience, I’ve learned that becoming a leader doesn’t mean you understand everything you’re talking about. It means you’re willing to learn about what you’re talking about, and I definitely did that! I realized that helping to lead in the discussion of the figures increased my confidence in my ability to take the unfamiliar and make it familiar.
Look, the food in Chicago is amazing but you can’t come to here without trying Chicago deep dish pizza. It just so happened that we chose to try the staple at a horrible restaurant. Myself and 3 other of my program members left work around 5 to go get this famous “Chicago Deep Dish”. When we got to the restaurant, they told us the wait would be 45 minutes if we wanted an indoor seat. We were, of course upset, but were hopeful that since the wait was so long, that the food would be worth it. So we stayed and waited. When we were finally called in, the hostess led us to an OUTDOOR patio table even though we had been waiting for and INDOOR table. We let it go, trying not to ruin our mood. Our waitress came out and took our order and told us that deep dish pizza normally takes about 40 minutes to bake. We of course agreed to the time and waited…again. But after an hour and 15 minutes, we flagged down the manager and asked what was taking so long. “Excuse me, are you the manager? Okay, we’ve been waiting over an hour for our food”. The manager took a long pause and assured us that there is no wait for pizza right now and everything should be on time. I looked at him and in my head I’m thinking, well if that’s the case, why haven’t I gotten this food yet. I restrained myself. After finally getting out pizza, it turned out the pizza wasn’t really meeting any standards. We asked for the check and waited another half hour to get the bill. Worst. Food Experience. Ever.
I would have rather gone to Domino’s.