Adjusting to a new norm
The official transition from academia to industry had been incredibly enlightening. I definitely appreciate those summer internships that we all completed at various pharma and tech companies (working on our “lab tans,” while our friends enjoyed the summer lifeguarding and developing real tans). They helped set the stage for the different standard operating procedures that are in place at for-profit companies, including the role of hierarchies, proper behavior during meetings, accountability. But I’ve still learned an incredible amount in my adjustment to a new norm.