Next week is my last week of classes before my first college finals week, and every professor is cramming every last bit of content into our lecture as we can. But as the craziness begins, I wanted to give a little reflection on how the rest of my lab has gone since I spoke to my teaching staff that first week.
Over the past 4 weeks, I have stayed safe by taking the secretarial role for the lab. Luckily, I was able to prevent any nuts (my anaphylactic allergies) from being used in the lab at all so that helped me feel more at ease. Although I am allergic to seeds, I am not as intensely allergic to them as nuts, but I still took precautionary measures, like wearing gloves and using my labmate’s laptop to prevent any potential issues with me working with the seeds. My group was able to successfully obtain all the data we needed and are currently working on doing all the statistical tests and analysis to prepare for next week.
During our lab section next week, we will be giving 15 minute poster presentations to discuss our research with the class and receive our final Lab grade for the semester. It’s a really big deal, but it’ll be less scary since I’ll be presenting with my lab group that has gotten closer over these last 14 weeks and grown to recognize each other’s strengths so that we can perform to the best of our abilities. I am so glad that this nightmare lab has turned into a fruitful experience for me as both a scientist and as a self-advocate.