Little did I know how true science works. And how every time you set out to do anything, it seems to take 4x the effort, time, and know-how you thought it would. Haha! For example,
Hmm. This project sounds like it will take about 4 hours to set up. I will set aside some time after class this Thursday.
Aw shoot. I am not even a 1/4 done and I need to go home and eat!
Ok, I'll just come in tomorrow morning at 5 and finish this up.
AUGH, my entire project flopped! All 7 hours I put into it yesterday are wasted! I have to start completely over!!
I'll just come in after work today and stay until it's finished.
(12:00 AM) Almost done...
I didn't bring enough ________! And now the building is locked... I guess I will have to finish tomorrow morning. I need to come in at 6...
This is commonly how it goes. There are so many unknowns and things that can go wrong! In the last week alone, I set up a project twice (with ample help from my ever-suffering boyfriend and his little brother) because the first time it completely failed. Total time put in this week just for set up? Approximately 15 hours.
Everywhere I look in this department, I see similar things happening. And everyone has the same long-suffering attitude and excitement for their work. I even feel similarly! No matter how badly things go, I am always back the next day excited to see the results.
I guess scientists ARE mad. I kept telling Ian yesterday (as we set everything up for the 2nd time that week. It was so difficult to tell him that all the work he'd put in had totally gone to waste) "I am so frustrated! I don't think I want to do this for the rest of my life!" He started giving me suggestions on related things I could do. But nothing sounds good. And now, everything finished, and sitting comfortably back at my apartment, I have NO desire to change! Maybe I have found my place after all.
|My current research (for the thesis). |
Originally, we started with 320 of these suckers.
This is all that remains.
In other news, Ian wants to do a study abroad next summer. He suggested I could try to do one as well.
Anyone have any bright ideas of where I should go to study plant pathology?