What I liked
Over the summer, I worked collaboratively with four PhDs and graduate students who were all writing papers on antimicrobial resistance. They came to me with their first drafts, and we worked together until their papers were ready to be submitted for publishing. It was truly fulfilling and gratifying to see papers develop from rough gems into polished gold through hours of private editing, multiple drafts, and multiple 3-hour meetings with each researcher.
To help complete one of the team's surveys on antibiotic misuse, I did a weekend-trip to the rural town of Jiang Shan. While there, I was not only able to observe other researchers apply some awe-inspiring strategies to communicate complicated concepts and questions to largely uneducated or even illiterate villagers, but was actually able to conduct multiple interviews in person and over the phone on my own. I never thought that I would be capable of doing that, and in such sweltering heat nonetheless!