A list of lab behavior rules made specifically for me
1. Don’t panic. If you panic, the professor will assume you’re incapable of moving on where you need to be in the lab.
2. Be kind to your peers, no matter who they are.
3. Also, don’t get jealous- okay, you’re allowed to feel jealousy, but don’t act on it.
4. Save all questions for when it’s time for them (also applies to lectures).
5. If you’re having trouble accessing your virtual textbook, stay calm, and ask the professor for help instead of having a panic attack. Chances are, the other students will have problems with it as well if this becomes a repeat setting up StatLab for the first time.
6. Take an Ativan before class.
7. Learn to drive yourself, so you don’t break down in tears because you were late for the 50th consecutive time.
8. Don’t break down in tears in general. It’s disruptive, and you don’t wish to hold back your classmates with your drama.
9. If there’s a problem, speak out about it! Don’t keep your mouth shut and act like it doesn’t matter as you did in high school because it DOES! Bottling up your emotions will only make matters worse.
10. Whatever you did in high school to make labs such a touchy situation for you, don’t repeat it!
11. Looks do not matter in a biology lab. Everyone is wearing the same goggles and lab coat, plus you’re going to be dealing with chemicals, fire, and organs. Showing up to lab class dressed like an Instagram model goes against everything preached by lab safety, and you will most likely get reprimanded for it.