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A fish out of water

1 May 2014, 19:17 UTC
A fish out of water
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Note: The following is a contribution from Lindsay Kroes, a talented and insightful University of Waterloo undergraduate student who spent a four-month work term at TRIUMF in the communications office. Upon being asked what she would tell her peers about the lab when she returned to campus this summer, Lindsay took to pen and paper to describe her experience…
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“Fish out of water” doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt on my first day at TRIUMF.
The initial welcome meeting and the Health and Safety seminar were part of the usual on-boarding routine, but as soon as I set foot on the TRIUMF site, this co-op job began to feel a whole lot different than any of my past experiences.
Along with the flock of other new co-op students, I followed our guide along labyrinthine tour route, along catwalks which overlooked vast halls of humming equipment, up steep staircases flanked by tangles of tubes and cords, and through enormous halls dominated by cranes and concrete blocks. Everything I saw was foreign to me – and the explanations coming out of our guide’s mouth did little to dispel my confusion.
Of course I had googled “what is a cyclotron” ...

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