It is difficult to pinpoint
my favorite thing about research, but I think the best thing about
it is what you learn
about yourself and teach yourself with the help of your mentors.
When I first entered the lab, a group of students, including myself,
responsible for about 20 rats. We were responsible for feeding
them their specific diet as well as monitoring their growth by
them. Usually, this was done in partners. One day, my partner could
not come and I was alone. I remember the horror that I confronted
that day. I was in a cold room in the vivarium with all the rats
at me from their cages, and all I could think about was what I
would do if I were locked up in this room with these rats loose
I started shaking violently and realized that I was scared to death.
I ran out of the room and went to lab to tell my mentor how terrified
I was of the rats and how I could not weigh them if I was alone.
said to me, "Laleh, all you have to think is that you're smarter
than the rat, you're more agile, and you can control the rat".
As she spoke to me, she effortlessly picked up rat after rat--
not once did her face quiver. After that speech, I never was afraid
of them, and realized that the approach to anything can control
you deal with things. If you think negatively, it will treat you
the same. You treat it with optimism and you will be granted success.