My ten week venture in the lab is coming to an end as today marks the end of week #9. This summer has definitely had it’s ups and downs. After all this hard work, I definitely feel accomplished. I was not as successful in my research ventures as I would have hoped, but we have learned A LOT! There is no way that I could have learned this much by doing research during the semester. I plan to continue research throughout the year, however it remains very different. During the summer, I have hours to complete reactions and analysis. I might have to wait for an occupied machine, but I have time to do that. Whereas during the year, classes, obligations, and life tend to limit the amount of time I have to spend in the lab.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to spend my second summer doing research here at William and Mary. I have gained priceless insight and experience throughout my venture. We wrap up next week only to continue our pursuits during the year. There is more to be done and more to learn. One of the most important lessons I have learned is to stay positive and take everything in stride. You can’t succeed the first, and most often you won’t. I just try to remember that I will eventually succeed and discover something that no one else has even thought about before.