As I prepare to return to my lab once the fall semester begins, I find myself becoming excited to see everyone in my lab again. I remember first meeting them and thinking, “How will I ever remember all their names” (even though our lab is fairly small). Now, after the countless hours I’ve spent with them, not even just talking or socializing all the time but just working on our own projects, they’ve become unforgettable parts of my college experience.
The atmosphere is so friendly and open all the time, and we have no problem shifting from academic talk to conversations about anything and everything. We’ll attend research presentations and product shows, and then movie marathon and go out to eat ice cream the same day. Even after seeing their faces almost every day for two months, I still didn’t get sick of lab. It’s become my home away from home, where I can sit down to eat lunch, check on my cells, get some homework done, chat with my PI, and then go back to classes. I’m so grateful that I randomly picked this lab to join, because my lab mates are not just lab mates… they’re family.