Anyone who’s spent more than a week of their life doing lab research knows how troubleshooting can be like your friend’s annoying little brother: hard to avoid, but interacting with him is worth it, I guess, if it means you get to hang out with your best friend. But oh man – what happens when that annoying little brother is the only face you get to see all day every day for weeks? I’m deep in a trouble-shooting phase of my PhD right now (ok – I guess that’s all of your PhD?) and I would just like to give a shout out to troubleshooting, aka that annoying little brother.
Reasons why that little brother isn’t the absolute worst/you will make it through this trouble-shooting phase:
He only destroys your makeup sometimes.
Your experiment only fails the majority of the time.
That little rascal didn’t mean to give you a fat lip by throwing a truck at you.
Your cells didn’t mean to all die for no reason.
The fact that your backpack and shoes vanish in the night every time you sleep over at your friend’s house probably has nothing to do with that little guy.
There’s no gremlin that intentionally destroys your research overnight.
Actually – maybe that annoying little brother IS THE GREMLIN who comes and EATS YOUR RESEARCH while you SLEEP.
Disclaimer: This article totally has nothing to do with my best friend’s little brothers. They are wonderful, adorable human beings. I thoroughly enjoyed witnessing epic light saber battles on the trampoline… that one of them had. With himself. Alone.