Show Case!

It’s not exactly a show case, but it’s called a lab presentation….where I get to show-case my work for the summer. Every week in our lab, we have lab meetings where someone is assigned to talk about the progress of their project, what’s working and what isn’t working so well. For an undergraduate like myself, it’s interesting and sometimes exciting to be able to learn about others’ work, especially when it involves concepts that I’ve never heard of before. Last week, myself and another undergraduate student had the pleasure of presenting our work to the lab. While most people might think this is exciting, I was more skeptical than anything. I had no access to any results and it felt almost pointless to present. I figured if I’m presenting how I went about conducting the research, most, if not all, of the lab members were already familiar with the protocols. If they were already familiar with the protocols and their purpose, I then started thinking this would turn into a test of what I do and don’t know well . Now you can understand why I was skeptical to present. But after putting together my 20-minute presentation, I was shocked to see how much I had actually learned and did within a 9-week span of time. I was also surprised to see how many people weren’t familiar with some of the protocols that I discussed in my presentation, which made presenting more fulfilling because I actually felt like I was teaching something new. While presenting is supposed to be mostly for the audience, I appreciate that I had this responsibility. ┬áIt forced me to think back to day one in the lab and recollect everything that I completed and learned. Presenting what I did and learned forced me to sit back and acknowledge that I actually learned a lot more than I thought I had on a daily basis.

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