Judging by Facebook, we are currently in the season in between spring and summer: graduation season.
First of all, congrats to all you recent grads with your BA’s and some with your MA’s now. Has it really been two years since I graduated?! Time has flown by.
Two years ago, I wrote my senior thesis and gradated with honors. Two years ago I had a mentor who taught me how to think, ask questions, and learn what I could about the world.
Present day: Now it is my turn to return the favor.
At WSU, there is a program for undergraduates to do research in the summer. Every year I’ve been here, there has always been a handful of them.
Last summer I helped out but didn’t mentor. This year, I’ve been given the task of mentoring a student.
You see, I have a small project that I’ve been putting off due to not having time. I figure this summer I would get around to it…eventually. It’s not a hard project by any means. Just time consuming. After overhearing my boss ask the associates in the lab if they had any ideas, I decided to speak up like Spongebob did.
And alas, my boss was pleased with the idea and the rest is history.
I am excited to have a minion. Sometimes there are not enough hours in a day to do everything. Having the extra help would be awesome. Not to mention putting this on my CV and perhaps getting a paper coming out of this work would be awesome.
At the same time I’m kinda nervous honestly. What if they’re lazy or they’re one of those kids who are doing this simply because they need research “experience” to get into med school?
But they could also be genuinely interested in research and hard working and willing to learn.
I hate to put them on the spot, but before even beginning I want to ask them, “what do you want out of this experience?” I think it would really help me gauge the effort I will put into it because the last thing I want to do is waste my time and breath explaining. At the same time, I was given such an amazing opportunity as an undergrad which got me where I am now. Nevertheless, I will put my best foot forward and hopefully instill a love of science and researching.
hehehehe…I hope he’s ready though for the craziness that is our lab. ^_^
Lesson one: your lab mates become your second family. With that being said, sometimes you hate each other. However, when it comes down to it they’ll be there to help you.
Talk to you later!