Bad Advice.

  • If I had to go back in time and give myself advice, I’d tell myself to be cautious of advice. Advice isn’t necessarily good or bad, but it’s often misguided or the wrong fit. In your scientific career, especially early on, it’s tempting to trust all the guidance tossed your way. More experienced scientists should know better than you, right? Not necessarily. 

    Here’s some advice I received and learned — through experience — to disregard. 

    1. Place the least amount of effort into your coursework and secondary responsibilities so that lab is your first and only priority. Why this advice is bad: As a graduate student researcher or any sort of trainee, you are a student first and a researcher second. There’s a reason why you only get a stipend and not a lab tech’s salary...... Read more at Bolded Science.