For us, collaboration is the one thing that will simultaneously make us want to tear our hair out and keep us motivated as we work. There have been many times when we’ll disagree about something, start voicing our ideas, start discussing each idea, start arguing about each idea… still arguing… still arguing… (FYI our stamina is something to be envied).
Collaboration is probably one of the most pivotal aspects of doing science. In our personal experiences, it is why we can keep working on that assignment due tomorrow even when both of us are too tired to think, why don’t end up flipping a table when our third trial of our UROP experiment doesn’t work, or why we don’t start crying when we try to read a paper that is 95% unintelligible words and 5% “the” and “and”. Collaboration is also the reason why we decided that science is the thing for us - why we’re willing to put up with the mad scientist stereotype for the next few decades.