The summer has ended. School has started up again here at the University of South Carolina. And that means my international collaboration experience is over…right?
My time here is Canada is wrapping up with only a few days left. I want to take this time to reflect on the unexpected friendships I have made.
When I was told I was a recipient of the LOREX, my expectations for this experience were solely based on research. “I will be inside my lab all day ever
You think that six weeks is enough time to get everything done. I have already been in Canada for three weeks and nothing has gone according to plan. That is science for you. Make a schedule, hope for the best, plan for the worst.
I needed a reminder to balance my life with my work. Initially, I had plans to go to the lab all weekend to do more work and preparation for my experiment. Luckily, I had LOREX and Dalhousie students telling me to take some time to see the sights, hike, and have fun. Work hard, play hard.
We all have ideas of what we think the first day of school is going to be like. We imagine flying in, immediately knowing where everything is, how it all works, and intending on getting our work done then and there. Imagination and reality rarely connect.