The reality of my research this summer is that it often moved in small and incremental steps and sometimes even dead ends. When I started this summer I think I was under the impression that things would run seamlessly into another and that perhaps their was always some plan to negotiate problems, although, it fortunately wasn’t so. We time and time again encountered problems whether it be from making droplets in our device or just trying to get our cells to survive. It was a learning experience in multiple ways. It was an opportunity for me to understand mechanical systems and biology to extent I never have before as well as learning to move from scientific problems into possible solutions. What I really enjoyed this summer were those moments. The moments when things are not really understood and it requires you to ask questions on things you may never have, and in doing so you better understood what you were looking at and it became much more sophisticated.
In the past I’ve seen many military members who decide to leave the service often to get out with ambition to return or begin a college education. However, all to often it’s ambition that slowly wears thin. Whether it may be from financial issues, family constraints, or injuries or illnesses received during their enlistment. My internship this summer has personally allowed me to view education from the side of those who have succeeded in their fields and have taken their education to the top. This experience provided me with strengthened skills in presentation delivery, scientific understandings, and ultimately a view of success from those whom it has materialized.