Once it was time to choose our own independent project I was super nervous but really intrigued. I had already had a few things in mind as to what I wanted to test but I had to change direction a few times.
My project was on “How erectile Dysfunction medication affects female fertility and development”. Crazy right? Yes, I know, but very interesting. I wanted to test something out there and on a subject most people aren’t comfortable with. I also wanted my independent project to be about something that was important. To sum things up, I tested female fertility by using the female fertility assay. I first administered my drug which was called “Rhino 69” to my flies and then let them feed. I then used grape plates and agar to get my females to lay their eggs. Finally I was able to quantify the number of embryos, hatchlings, and embryos laid per female.
To be completely honest that's not even half of what I learned in the TRIP lab. I learned to be more independent. That's really important. I learned that it's okay to fail but it's NOT okay to quit. There were a few instances in which my patience was tested, such as when my flies woke up from CO2 anesthesia and flew away. More importantly, I learned to keep my head up and keep going, even when it’s hard. I learned to communicate with others better. Most importantly, I was able to narrow down my career path. I had known that I wanted to work in medicine and that I wanted to help people. There are so many ways to do just that. Working in the lab made me realize that I definitely want to be a surgeon or doctor. Although the lab was really fun and I appreciate the valuable experience, I now know I do not want research as my career.