After a year of clinical research in a pulmonary intensive care unit, I decided to gain lab-based experience and stubbornly asked Dr. Marcelo Wood to allow me to join his team. I first emailed Dr. Wood during my sophomore year. No response. I tried again during my third year. No room. After sending Dr. Wood some follow up emails, he agreed to have me interview with Annie Vogel-Ciernia, a senior graduate student in the lab. Thanks to Dr. Wood's and Annie's kindness, they made room for me and I finally got started during the winter quarter of my third year.