Ever since I can remember, people have been asking me variations of the question “what do you want to do with your life?” When I was as young as 4 years old, it manifested itself in the ever-so-popular “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Now, it’s evolved into a more mature “what is your area of study?” or “future career path.” Regardless of how it’s phrased, it’s all the same question. When I was in kindergarten, I wanted to become a Disney princess. 13 years and some minor adjustments later, I’m considering a career in research neuroscience. But likewise, I have minimal experience actually doing it. I was first introduced to the world of research and scientific literature in the latter part of high school and have since become somewhat well versed in the products of research. I’ve also shadowed in the lab I’ll be working in for the last couple of months, so I’m starting to get a better idea of the process as well.
This summer, I’m most looking forward to learning how to actually do research. Especially after a year of virtual learning, I’m eager to get some hands-on experience. I’m excited to become familiar with various techniques and hopefully gain more independence. The transition from discussing research to becoming a working member of the lab will teach me new skills that will be invaluable. I also hope that the experience will be rewarding and propel my desire to pursue a career in neuroscience.