10 People You Will Definitely Meet In Lab Practicals At University
Lab practicals are an integral part of many a degree. In between all the pipetting and centrifuging you’ll definitely come across the following people. And if you haven’t met one of them, it’s probably you.
1. The one who always forgets their lab coat.
Most universities provide students with their own lab coats at the beginning of the year which you are then expected to keep clean and bring with you. A feat that’s just too much for that person who ends up forlornly wearing one of the huge, naff, paper-thin lab coats, specially tailored to embarrass and inconvenience.
2. The one who just can’t use a pipette.
It’s a basic skill of almost any lab practical, but there are some people who just…aren’t born to use a pipette. Whether it’s accidentally sucking the liquid back up, contamination, misusing the double-press, the nib falling off or just a simple case of shaking hands, something will always mess up for these people.
3. The one who went out last night.
Everyone knows 9am lectures are bad after a night out. 9am lab practicals are even worse. Spare a thought for that person who braved turning up and is now patiently wait for death.
4. The one who turned up late and has absolutely no idea what’s going on.
They arrive amidst the hustle and bustle of people getting equipment together and spend the rest of the practical trying to catch up.
5. The one who breaks the rules and always works in a group of three.
No matter how often the lecturer tells you to form groups of two, there will almost always be those three who just cannot be separated, or they will die.
6. Or the one who just breaks all the equipment.
You’ll probably hear them before you see them and then be reminded of how expensive what they’ve just broken is.
7. The one who’s a bit of a safety hazard at times.
I may have broken a pasteur pipette and spilled hydrochloric acid on my pants, but I still got an A on my lab practical so there's that.
— chelsea (@chelseaogan) May 8, 2015
8. The one who takes over the experiment.
They probably think they’re being helpful, but you can see them cringing as soon as you touch the equipment. They’d much rather do the whole thing alone which is sometimes a blessing but is also terrible for your self-esteem.
9. The one who swears they were following the instructions properly but everything always seems to go wrong.
You’ll hear about it for weeks afterwards. “I definitely did everything right, though!” You know they didn’t, they know they didn’t, but you all play along anyway.
10. And, of course, this guy.
Probably uses the word “Tekkers” when using the centrifuge and is secretly all of us really, is he not?