Independence research

Become a phD student, we have to think anything. Strategy work, theory, hypothesis, and the goal is… you can conclude from your finding. It is a science. Process of science. And become a phD student… is the way to learn how science works.

Beberapa waktu lalu, I had nightmare. Entahlah, pokoknya berhubungan dengan lab dan gak jelas. Dan ternyata paginya… saya salah mengirimkan sequence dan sensei saya marah, haha. Tapi marahnya gak sampe gebrak-gebrak meja kok. Cuma bilang doang, “Kenapa mikirnya gak scientific gini?” But I still could handle it. Masih gak terlalu fatal. I told you, sensei doesn’t like if I have not logic reason. Jadi jika ingin berdiskusi dengan beliau, at least I should have part of his knowledge. And sometimes, it’s like… I have to read his mind. Hahaha. Don’t worry, I learn ability to read someone’s mind since I was in Korea. Sejak adanya perbedaan bahasa, sampai membaca pikiran untuk hal diskusi science. Kadang saya menyebutnya sebagai profesi dukun, hehe.

Of course master student and phD student have different principal thinking. Master student, we learn how to do this research. Apa skill yang harus dipelajari supaya kita bisa mendapatkan data yang diinginkan. Jadi sebagian besar, kita berada dibawah pengawasan senior dan melakukan apa yang senior kita sarankan. And phD student? The question is not only “how”…but “why”. Why you do this? And the reason should be reasonable, hehe. Sensei bilang proses ini adalah, independence research. Ide atau apa yang akan kamu lakukan dengan eksperimen-mu, sepenuhnya dari diri kita sendiri. Tinggal supervisor-mu menyetujui atau tidak, dan itu melalui proses perdebatan diskusi. That’s why… become a phD student, is not easy. We have a short time (at least 3 years)… and we should have scientist ability. We can handle the most difficult research problem, we should have recognition from other scientist, not only from our supervisor. Meaning… we have to convey our idea in the science world, scientist community. Because almost all phD student has a graduation requirement, paper publication. And unknown people will decide our paper is worthy or not. Maybe the ability to read someone’s mind is useful I think, hehe.

But become a phD student… is not only how we can do the independence research. We also will learn… how to manage our independence life. Bukan tidak mungkin kalau bagaimana cara berpikir kita di lab, akan berpengaruh pada bagaimana menyikapi kehidupan kita. Mungkin suatu saat kita akan menemukan kondisi dimana kita membutuhkan kemampuan mengambil keputusan penting dalam hidup kita, seperti mengambil keputusan dalam research kita. And we will have this ability.

So, become a phD student… is how to learn to be a independent person.

~ Adrianna

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