I write from Wyoming during the first few days of break to reflect on my semester spent at Bigelow Laboratory. Thinking back on the time I spent at the lab, although the last month was full of work, I know that it was overall a fulfilling experience, especially for my career in the environmental science field. It’s important to remember the good things along with the bad, because even though the most prevalent memories are of slaving away on 12-page lab reports, there are also many memories of really fun lab work, jumping off the dock, and forming friendships that will hopefully last beyond Colby.
One of the most important things that I took with me from this experience came from our program director, Dr. Nick Record, during our end-of-semester symposium where we presented our semester projects. We were joined for this event by students from Bowdoin who had a similar science semester experience, and Dr. Record emphasized the importance of being able to work together (in this case, with Bowdoin, but in other cases, other scientists and labs) to do what we can to make discoveries that help our planet and the environment. It really stuck with me that the work we did for our projects, no matter how tedious it felt in the moment, mattered to the greater scientific community, and was important.
Hopefully I will see Bigelow again someday!