Hello from California!
This summer I am conducting research with the Seung Kim Lab at the Stanford Medical School. You may remember my post from a while back about all the fly work I’ve been doing (who could forget that lovely picture?). This summer I was able to continue that work with a few classmates in the lab where it all started.
This has really been an amazing experience. Not only have I had the chance to learn about fruit flies and Diabetes, the focus of our lab, but I’ve also been able to get the feel of what a career in the science might be like. My lab was really good about making even the high school interns feel like a part of the whole process.
First thing I’ve learned is you work hard and for long hours, but you don’t mind. We worked close to fifty hours a week, but in every one of those hours we had Taylor Swift and Katy Perry blasting, a constant supply of gummi bears, and lot of laughs.
The second thing that I learned is that science requires patience. The cure for diabetes does not come through a few months work, or even a few years. Even the small things, like sequencing different genetic insertions in our flies took three times as long as we expected, but that didn’t make the job any less rewarding.
Well, I best return to every senior’s best friend: the Common App, but I hope that you’re all having an amazing summer!