Learning to Rest

This last semester was an interesting one, and that extended to my lab work. I found myself in a spot this last semester where it was really difficult to get even the most remedial of tasks done. However, I’d still push myself to get what was needed of me finished as I had given my word that it would get done. I found myself getting closer and closer to complete burnout from schoolwork, research lab work, and my personal life. Thankfully, our research lab has become a close-knit group and Dr. Dean allowed me to take the time I needed to feel better. 

My primary task throughout the semester was putting together a lab manual. This was an interesting task as it was hard to think about what I wish I had known before joining the research lab. Truthfully, a lot of what I know now and what I knew before joining the lab have kind of merged together so it was hard to differentiate between new and old knowledge. I also maintained my role as being the main minutes taker during meetings which is always something to keep me engaged in meetings. All in all, it was a tough semester, but I got through it because of Dr. Dean my colleagues having my back.

Rhys Deiter


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