If you were to ask me how my research is going, I’d honestly have to say it is going terribly. I can’t seem to get reproducible results; I keep finding things that are interfering with getting proper measurements; nothing works the way it’s supposed to.
It is hard to keep my spirits up under these conditions, even when my advisor tells me this is normal for a lab-newbie. The other day, I had to email former labmate T about something he’d done for his thesis work, and I mentioned what I was going through.
Of course, he replied, everyone goes through that. I’m not sure when things start to turn around, but they do. Sometimes I think you have to make every possible mistake before you can start actually getting results.
So that’s where I am right now–I still haven’t made enough mistakes yet.