Volunteering: This is New!...
There have been alot of firsts for me since coming to Canada:-
Professor who is on another campus: "Daphne, besides volunteering outside, try and start volunteering in a professor's research lab during the summer. Brownie points for graduate work!"
Daphne: "Ok! Er, who's lab?" (I have never ventured into this area before)
Professor: "Professors whom you know and are on good terms with who will be around during the summer and who has research work which fascinates you, and who will be carrying out lab work over the summer. And of course, the professor has to agree to take you!"
That leaves me with about, 4 professors. I only know so many!
Anyway, I found myself in 2 labs: Leng Chai Professor's (LCP) lab, and another very nice lady professor's lab...
I got the full tour of leng-chai's lab just recently. He does research on rats and even has this swimming pool thingy for the rats to swim in (I will be working with his NSERC scholarship student)...
No problem, I thought. I dissected rats in Form 6, and I've handled them before.
Until I saw the rats here--Oh My Gosh! They're super cute and fat! They look more like furry guinea pigs, with their white coats with black and white heads.
LCP then took me of a tour of the surgery room and he said I was welcome to join him when he does the surgeries.
LCP: "Any questions so far?"
Daphne: "Has anybody ever cried when you kill the rats?"
LCP: "Not yet" *Grins*
Sheesh. I better not start a precedence. The reason why I stopped volunteering at the ISPCA (besides the distance from home) was that I spent so much time crying over the animals who died.
Ok, Daphne, you can do this. You already went through the entire course on animal testing, ethics and pain-free options, and sat for the exam, all so you can join the lab. Don't back out now!
Well, at least the other professor's lab doesn't involve live specimens.
And guess what? Both labs don't involve children. In fact, both labs study things from a neuroscience perspective--memory, sensation and perception. Guess there's more to my interests than just children...;)
But that's what a good education is about, right? To allow one to explore different interests, skills and areas...