Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
There are two seasons a year for me: school season and field season.
During the school year (from September to April), I’m a graduate student. Before heading to school at UTM, I like to go for a run; I like seeing the city in fast motion, and running wakes me up and helps relieve some stress.
Once I get to school, I first spend some time replying to emails and marking assignments. Then, it’s time to focus on my own research. I spend some time creating graphs and tables to display my data, and writing up manuscripts. If I have a talk coming up or a deadline to meet, I’ll spend more time preparing for that. When experiments are running in the greenhouse, I’ll also give my plants some TLC by watering them (and sometimes talking to them).
During the day, there is a lot of science discussion. My lab holds weekly lab meetings, where we talk about science, or present our own discoveries. There are also weekly seminars hosting scientists in other universities. Chatting about science is the best way to learn about science!
After school, I like to turn my brain off of science for a while. I paddle on a dragon boat team, so I’m at practice some days. Other days, I’m hanging out with friends, or I’m at home reading a book just for fun. To end my day, I make a soothing tea and go back to science by reading a scientific article.
The field season is May to August. For these four months, I’m outside doing fieldwork so that I can replicate nature in real life, since plant science requires living organisms. This season is probably the most fun I’ll have all year. Depending on where I do field research, days vary. I did a field season at the Koffler Scientific Reserve, where I spent days catching dragonflies and nymphs, taking pictures of flowers and trees, barbecuing, swimming, and doing science experiments outside.