It’s interesting having to actually work.
At school there’s hand-holding. There’s a teacher always watching over, making sure you dot all your i’s and cross all your t’s.
But my advisor at Romberg doesn’t do that. She isn’t constantly checking to see if I poured the correct amount of phenol, or if I recorded the data correctly. Everything is explained to me beforehand–of course. But after that I am essentially on my own.
This level of autonomy is not something expected of you in high school.
And though I never thought of it till now, it’s absolutely expected of you in the real world. People are expected to be on top of things–responsible for themselves. For me at least, that’s a new concept.