Week 10: Reflection

Apr 28, 2019

Hello! Can you believe it’s already blog #10?!

This week I spent some more time working on different projects that I’ll be involved in during the summer (after SP is over).

For this blog, however, I want to talk about my experience working in a lab full time, especially one that’s involved in cell culture. I’m very glad that I was able to work part-time during the school year, as in those months I was learning all the new skills I’d need when I began full time in February. I learned how to set up PCRs, run gel electrophoresis, differentiate stem cells into cardiomyocytes, and many more useful techniques.

Heading into the lab for the first time, I knew that a certain level of determination and commitment would be required to persevere through the failures. Like some other students have posted in their blogs, 90% of your experiments in the lab do not turn out how you expect. Notice how I don’t say “fail.” This is because while things are bound to go wrong in every experiment, there’s always something you can learn from it.

That’s all the reflection I have for now. See y’all next week!

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