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Menial labor

Rearing crickets for experiments is a labor-intensive project. While washing only a third of a huge stack of aquariums this morning, I couldn't help thinking back to my undergraduate days, where one of my three campus jobs was as a weekend care provider for the mice and monkeys in the facility where I did my research. The weekend care provider job paid handsomely for an undergraduate job - $60 for what was usually about three hours of work, changing out the mouse cages and washing down the monkey rooms. Hot, smelly, dirty, tiring work, usually on Friday nights or Saturday mornings. So that's basically what I did instead of relaxing or having fun on weekends in college.

The graduate student who I worked most closely with in those days, and who got me the cage-cleaning job, once remarked to me that he thought that the people who made the best scientists overall were those who had done some form of menial labor at some point in the past.

I've always been inclined to agree with him.

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rebeccmeister
Apr. 4th, 2015 12:19 am (UTC)
...bookended the day by washing out more aquariums. A partial substitute for not getting up this morning to erg or do strength training (due to a lack of alarm clock; another function of the smell-o-phone).
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