Undergrad Science vs. Real Life Science (Part 2)

Marcia Levitus, PhD: Undergrad Science vs. Real Life Science (Part 2)

The importance of learning from your effort, regardless of the outcome.

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Transcript: Undergrad Science vs. Real Life Science (Part 2)

I think I went through that. Everybody goes through that, learning how there's no clear end to your pain in a way, so you're really working very hard. This is extremely stressful and you have no idea if or when things are going to work out. Then you realize that most things eventually work out. I mean if they don't, still you learn something and you make something else workout. After a while, you just realize that even after frustration there's something coming up. Then that's how you learn to deal with frustration. That is extremely different from undergrad, and I think I don't see-I mean as a teacher, sometimes I think if there's a way of training people to do that. I guess undergrad research is a closest you can get, but still it's nothing compared with real live research.

I had a great experience with my adviser. I had a wonderful relationship, but it doesn't matter how perfect everything is, you still have to go through the learning of frustrations and joy and all this burst of positives and negatives and how that your satisfaction is not always clearly connected with your effort. That's something that is a very hard thing to learn, I guess, but we all have to because that's how real life works and everything.

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