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Blissful silence!

(I almost titled this “All Alone!” but that seemed sad)

I’m all alone in the lab right now and it is so blissful that I don’t even know what to do. We normally have 3 grad students, 2 postdocs, 1 lab manager, 1 visiting researcher, and the PI in the lab. The PI spends a lot of time in his office, and most of the rest of us are in and out to go to various facilities during the day. So, normally, there are like 2-4 people in the lab at the same time.

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I like all my lab mates, but I’m a huge introvert and also easily distracted by noises/movement/etc, so this is pretty ideal. However, this summer, we have added 3 summer students. They have no research background, so they need everything explained, which contributes to general noise. Additionally, there seems to be a budding romance*

Additionally, we got a new piece of equiment, and 2 guys have been here since Tuesday installing it and training my boss and the visiting researcher. Also, it seems like the regular people have been in the lab more.

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All of the sudden, everyone left. I don’t know where they went, but I’m all alone in the lab just enjoying the silence. It’s beautiful!

So, GT, what is making your Friday great?

*yes, I’ve been following some of your tips. They were talking about a concert, and I was like “Oh, are y’all going together?”

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