Some things that I’ve learned (or relearned) this summer:
A positive workplace environment can dramatically improve how much you like your work. Furthermore, good team rapport keeps communication easy (meandering conversations and action plans both have their place). At the end of meetings that involve tangents about Sharknado, ghosts, home renovations, or whatever else your faculty mentor might include, it’s helpful to summarize the work-related content.
Failure is easy. You can try hard and have nothing pan out. Have a back-up plan.
Things will break (some things a bit more expensive than others). Make sure to take responsibility for your failures. Additionally, be sincere about your apologies.
In research, everything is a team effort. That being said, give people their due (and make sure to take the lead if you can competently do so).
Networking is just something you have to get used to. Make sure to talk to people, especially if you like the work that they do (sometimes, even if you dislike their work). Today is the day I look connect to everyone on LinkedIn. Furthermore, networking is important in swarm activity.
We had the symposium today; it went along very swimmingly. Tom told me that I should do what makes me happy (he also told me that you can make money doing anything. I’m a bit skeptical, but he has been a trustworthy person so far). Afterwards, Stephen and I had a short meeting. It’s been another summer, and I still don’t know which direction to face my life towards (Although it’s a bit incorrect to say I have to face my life only towards CS or art- they’re not mutually exclusive). This has been a good summer, and I have a feeling that next summer will be pleasant as well. I’m looking forward to the projects that future me has in store for me.
Tomorrow is the last day. I’m looking forward to it.