I Worked as a Laboratory Intern And Here's What Happened

I Worked as a Laboratory Intern And Here's What Happened

"We are constantly faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems." - Lee Iacocca
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Working as a laboratory intern has allowed me to genuinely comprehend the value of persistence.

The first day of my internship was simply terrifying. Overwhelmed by the labyrinth of hallways and endless rows of industrial freezers, I felt submerged by the weight of such daunting unfamiliarity. Foreign scientific terms, such as “immunohistochemistry” and “hippocampus,” clouded my curiosity and caused me to initially approach such an incredible opportunity with fear.

After this first day, I felt defeated. However, I knew that I could not let my feelings of intimidation overshadow this priceless opportunity to learn. This initial feeling of hopelessness is what springboarded my personal journey to confidence. That night, I sat down at my dining room table and thought. I pictured myself on the soccer field, never fearing any opponent that tried to prevent me from scoring a goal. I knew that there was a layer of confidence rooted deeply within myself, and this was my chance to let that confidence free in another realm of my life. With that in mind, I felt ready to take this educational opportunity by the reigns and liberate my intellectual curiosity.

When my week-long intensive safety training was completed, I began to absorb every snippet of knowledge that was available to me in the laboratory. Rather than embracing my seemingly-terrifying surroundings with a sense of fear, I began to appreciate this new environment as a gateway for exploration. With this new measure of courage, I also met some incredible people. Rather than keeping to myself and working in isolation, I began to introduce myself to other interns and collaborate on fascinating projects. By overcoming my first sense of intimidation, I not only formed strong friendships, but I discovered bravery in myself that I had not previously acknowledged.

After a few weeks of working in the electrophysiology laboratory, I discovered things that truly captivated me and encouraged me to persistently work for a result. My interest truly took hold when I independently operated a vibratome for the first time. When I initially laid eyes on this piece of equipment, I perceived it as a terrifying machine that I would never be allowed to touch. However, I remained firm in my decision to embrace every opportunity with courage; with this in mind, I was ready. I slipped on my latex gloves with confidence and felt empowered to conquer any lingering sense of apprehension.

My experience as a laboratory intern has catalyzed my yearning to not only venture into the world of science, but to also embrace any situation with a determined mind. Through my countless adventures in the lab, I now feel emboldened to approach any situation with both confidence and curiosity. While this internship originally seemed absolutely terrifying, I found an inner sense of conviction to defeat my fears and wholeheartedly embrace such an incredible experience.

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1. When your professor overloads your brain with information on the first day of class.

2. Realizing that all your time will now be spent studying in the library.

3. Being jealous of your friends with non-science majors, but then remembering that your job security/availability after graduation makes the stress a little more bearable.

4. Having to accept the harsh reality that your days of making A's on every assignment are now over.

5. When you're asked to share your answer and why you chose it with the whole class.

6. Forgetting one item in a "select all that apply" question, therefore losing all of its points.

7. When you're giving an IV for the first time and your patient jokingly asks, "This isn't your first time giving one of these, right?"

8. You're almost certain that your school's nursing board chose the ugliest scrubs they could find and said, "Let's make these mandatory."

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10. Getting to the first day of clinical after weeks of classroom practice.

11. When you become the ultimate mom-friend after learning about the effects various substances have on the human body.

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10 Netflix Suggestions For Your 'Hurrication'

High-quality entertainment for this low-quality weather.

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If you live in South Carolina and have entered a grocery store, it's clear to see that it is hurricane season. Flooding and hurricanes have occurred four years in a row, making this weather pretty normal around this time. This year, hurricane Florence is predicted to hit the Carolinas directly. Students may be thankful for the break to catch up on school work or may even evacuate home. Regardless, weather like this calls for a nap and binge-watching Netflix.

Whether you're working hard or bored at home, here are 10 Netflix suggestions for your hurricane break.

Criminal Minds

Who doesn't love a good crime show? This series has been one of my favorites since my freshman year of high school. It's about serial killers and FBI profilers who catch them. It also shows how the team copes with these situations in and out of the office. There are twelve seasons and almost 280 episodes, which should hopefully be more than enough to get you through the hurricane.

When We First Met

This movie is about a guy who finds a time machine that takes him back to the night he supposedly met the love of his life. He keeps changing things in hopes to eventually win the girl over. It's full of comedy and definitely worth the watch.

Riverdale

This series is about a small town that has a lot of secrets and drama. Teenagers have to deal with their family drama and figure out what led to the death of one of their fellow classmates. Cole Sprouse is one of the main characters, so that's a reason in itself to watch. It only has two seasons so far but is full of crime, mystery and plot twists.

Brain on Fire

This is a movie based on a journalist who got an unknown illness that caused her to become hospitalized. Doctors could not give her a diagnosis but her family was determined to find one. This movie was based upon true events which makes it so much more interesting. Chloë Grace Moretz is the lead and does an amazing job as the actress.

Gossip Girl

Anything with Blake Lively is worth watching, so here's a series that she's famously known for. These shows take place in Manhattan and show what drama private-school teens can get into. While they think they can get away with these malicious acts, a mysterious blogger is watching their every move and posting all of the tea.

Last Chance U 

This series is based on football players that have gone through hardships. They go to junior colleges in hopes to turn their lives around and make it on a professional team. The show presents how hard the players work as well as their teachers and coaches. It also shows what they do in the classroom, not just the field. There are four seasons, three pertaining to the first junior college, EMCC and the other about a totally different junior college in Indiana.

The Kissing Booth

Elle, played by Joey King, and her best friend have a set of rules they live by. One is that older brothers are off limits to date. Elle is secretly crushing on her best friend's brother but doesn't want to ruin their friendship. Eventually, she has to decide who to choose.

The Flash

I'm not one for superhero shows but I ended up loving these. The cast is perfect for this series and especially Grant Gustin, who plays The Flash. There are four seasons, so pace yourself; you'll binge watch them so quick you won't know what to do when they're over.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

This is a romantic comedy that features an Asian-American woman, Lana Condor, as one of the leads. She writes letters to five of her crushes and keeps them in hiding until they are sent out. She then has to deal with the repercussions and ends up "pretend" dating one of the guys, Peter, who is played by Noah Centineo. Lana and Noah are a duo like no other, making this one of my favorite movies.

Friends

You could have guessed that this TV series was going to make the cut. A group of six friends in their twenties deals with love, drama and friendship over the course of ten years in New York. There are a total of 236 episodes, full of comedy and awkward situations. This series is the one you can't stop watching.

If you're drowning in assignments and need a break or just wishing you were back on campus (instead of at home), these recommendations should keep you occupied until we get back on a normal schedule.

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