Reflections on my First Two Weeks in Lab

Coming from a high school with tight funding and a lab with only the most basic equipment, I felt completely lost the first couple of days in lab. I was constantly asking myself, “What is a ___? I’m supposed to what?” After reading the lab manual and understanding little of the procedure, I was very anxious for the labs. However, now, after two weeks of labs, I feel much more comfortable. I am learning so much, and I am having a great time doing the research and making new friends. The opportunity to participate in global research as an undergraduate is priceless, and I am so grateful for this class.

One of the things that excites me most about scientific research is the fact that we do not know all the answers—it is a mystery. Mystery excites me, and I believe that humans are called to pursue mystery and knowledge. Proverbs 2:3-6 says, “If you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” I am in lab, ready and willing to learn, chasing mystery, and hoping to glorify God in all that I do.

So as we continue to attempt to isolate a phage sample, I am going to remember that patience is a virtue. I am learning basic laboratory techniques that will be useful throughout my career. One of the most important things I have learned so far is that science is a process that takes time and dedication. I am excited to see how this year affects my life, our class, and the world.

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