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Spoiler Alert: Working in a lab is tough.
Yes, there’s the academic challenge, but it can also be an emotional roller-coaster when experiments fail, colleagues conflict, and you push yourself past the normal limits.
When someone in your lab has a bad day, does it sound like this?
Grad Student: (despondent sigh) “I can’t believe that PCR failed again. I’m never going to graduate.”
Lab Mate: (in a rush) “Yeah, that sucks. Check your primers again.”
Instead of finding support among peers and co-workers – the very people who understand how difficult lab can be – we often find indifference, dismissal, or half-hearted pity.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.