In response to an anonymous post (hosted here) in which a blogger describes her grad school experience, Comrade PhysioProf makes a case for the importance of lab rotations. "While there are some people who have known since undergrad exactly what they are interested in scientifically, feeling this way before starting grad school — and even as a first year — is almost always an illusion," CPP writes.

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