Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Module 2: What do I do?

As I stared at the module 2 research paper rubric, trying to understand what the general outline of the module 2 paper should be, I realized a couple of things.

1. I was sleepy.

2. I had no idea what to write.

Number 1 could be rectified with some sleep, but that's an issue in its own right.

Number 2 was the major problem that I faced while writing the module 2 research paper. After creating a data and abstract summary for module 1, I had gone into module 2 with the belief that finding something to write about wouldn't be as difficult. If module 1 was my test run, I was under the impression that I was completely ready for module 2.

Instead, module 2 was waiting for me.

I had a collection of figures, data, plots, but they didn't appear to make sense with each other. How could mibefradil dyhydrochloride inhibit cell survival but increase NHEJ repair efficiency? What kind of story could I tell that avoided contradictions, but make sense of those facts.

With that problem, the ideal solution is to just think on it, and eventually come to a conclusion that makes sense. And while that is what I did, I had to sacrifice a day as a result because I misinterpreted how difficult the paper would be.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, I overestimated my understanding of module 2's data and information, and fell behind in paper construction as a result.

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