A guest post by PhD student Gillian Smith, who has helped to deliver stem cell events and workshops in Skye and Fort William as part of the Hope Beyond Hype: Scottish Stem Cell Stories project.
As a PhD student, I spend most of my time in the lab. Days can be long and sometimes lonely. And with the mental strain of one failed experiment after another and an ever-increasing list of unanswerable questions, it is easy to forget why I set out to become a researcher. It is easy to get lost in the narrow focus field of the lab and forget what the bigger picture is. I am constantly thinking to myself, “Why am I doing this?” Of course, life as a PhD student is not meant to be easy, but if you are unable to see the meaning behind your work and the ultimate outcome that we all strive for, it is near impossible.