More questions than answers…

As we wrap up the program and I mentally prepare myself for the 30-hour journey back home to India, I’ve been thinking a lot about how this summer has gone. BUSRF definitely didn’t go as expected—I had to change labs halfway through (for reasons I won’t go into here) and ended up working in Dr. Brian Hare’s Duke Canine Cognition Centre. Although having to start over was frustrating, the opportunity to experience two very different lab environments in two very different departments made the experience all the more valuable. Never underestimate the importance of good mentors (and a good mentor-mentee fit) in navigating the research world! Navigating science is just about as messy as the science itself.

Halfway through last semester, I had pretty much decided I was going to study neuroscience. Now, I’m not so sure. Dr. Hare insists that there is a way to merge my passion for animals and studying animal behavior with my interest in understanding the workings of the brain, a field he has termed evolutionary neuroscience (a behavioral/non-invasive approach to understanding the human brain by studying species such as chimpanzees, bonobos, wolves & dogs). As I leave with more questions than answers, I’ve promised myself that I will take the time to explore before settling on a field of study.

Next year should be exciting! But first, a much needed break awaits…

I can’t wait to see my dog Cinnamon (and relax like she is)!

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