Gaining Practical Skills for the Policy Toolbox

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I was told during my first semester in graduate school that I should give up my one extracurricular activity, singing in a local choir, and focus entirely on my laboratory rotations and coursework. It was good advice at the time; Biochemistry did not come naturally to me and I struggled mightily to understand cryptic tryptic fragments and damned delta G’s. Ditching extracurriculars for my entire graduate career, however, would have been a mistake. I found rewarding experiences that helped prepare me to work in science policy outside of the lab.