A Look Back at the Summer

Now that the summer is over, I can start to evaluate the progress that I made on my research project over the summer.  First of all, I definitely did not get as much finished as I thought I would, but after talking to other researches that stayed for the summer, I don’t think I’m the only one.  Even though I didn’t do as much as I had hoped, this summer was definitely  a great experience and I feel like I learned so much.  It was nice to be able to focus solely on my research project for a couple of months, as compared to having to juggle it with my other classes during the school year.  The experience definitely gave me a new perspective on research in general.  I am starting to appreciate just how slow science can be.  Between doing the background research, finding procedures that work for your experiment, and getting a large sample size it can take a while.  But it’s definitely worth it!

Williamsburg in the Summer

Being in Williamsburg for two months this summer was definitely much different than it is during the school year.  For starters, it’s much hotter, which is no fun.  But there also seems to be much less stress around campus.  Everyone is able to move at a slower pace because there are no exams to study for or club meetings to attend.  As the fall semester is starting to get into full swing, I’m starting to miss the summer atmosphere.  I am definitely enjoying my classes and other activities I’m doing this semester, but it was so nice to be able to have no stresses after 5 or 6 pm when I left the lab for the day. But I must admit that it’s nice having the dining halls and the gym open for longer hours and now that everyone is back on campus, there is definitely more energy and excitement on campus.