What’s it like to walk into a lab for the first time?
The first time I walked into a molecular biology lab was the summer after my freshman year of college. I had no research experience, and I hadn’t even taken Bio 101 yet. I certainly wasn’t expecting what I got. Since then, I’ve been exposed to a lot more labs and now it all looks normal to me. But I do remember, vaguely, being surprised the first time I walked into a real research lab.
What was I expecting, anyway? Honestly, I think I expected it to look more like a high school chem lab, since that was what I had exposure to. I mean, I technically had a bio lab class in high school too, but it wasn’t really lab-y. So the chem lab would have been the closest exposure I had to a lab setting. So, my young, inexperienced self was thinking something like this:
I’m pretty sure that nothing in my pre-undergraduate career gave me the impression that a mol bio lab would look like this:
Or like this:
What do you guys expect a lab to look like? Or different labs to look like?