My summer research fellowship has incorporated a lot of learning in the everyday aspects of the job – learning how to perform laboratory protocols, about various aspects of the diseases we study, and the best way to approach a research question. But never would I have imagined learning so many things outside the lab.
One of the most important things I have done this summer is getting to know my female coworkers. In a male-dominated field, it can sometimes be difficult to express yourself in situations. By getting to know my coworkers, I have gained the camaraderie and support from those I work with on a daily basis. Through these after-work day excursions, I have gotten to know about the lives and cultures of those I work with.
For one of our first dinner parties, four of us gathered at my apartment and we all made a dish to pass. It was a wonderful intermingling of traditional American and traditional Chinese food.
As the weeks passed, we spent time getting dinner, seeing movies, and sharing stories about lab, home, and everything in between.