In the beginning, it was a particular lab with its exciting research that made me want to join Weill Cornell (I came as a Visiting Graduate Student Assistant from Cornell-Ithaca). Only after I arrived did I realize what a vibrant academic environment I had become a part of.
The highly exciting interdisciplinary research and caliber of excellent scientists, not to mention the long-term friendships I formed.
There are too many positive interactions to mention. It was the continuous process of critical thinking and learning during my time at Weill Cornell that made me who I am today.
Helping to establish a close connection between our computational work and the experimental work pursued by our collaborators at Weill-Cornell, which eventually resulted in a publication in Nature.
There are lots of great career preparation opportunities offered at Weill Cornell, like Career Paths Symposiums and career-related clubs. In particular though, it was my boss at Weill Cornell that I am most grateful for. He helped and advised me in finding out what career path to choose and which directions I might not like to take.
1) Study hard, eat and sleep well, and do not work on a Friday night.
2) Choose your lab based on your research interests and personal chemistry, less based on extrinsic factors.
3) Don’t be afraid to critically challenge your boss and seek challenges in return. It is the best way to improve and helps to develop an intellectual respect for yourself, as well as your environment.