Having done research in almost three years gave me such a great experience throughout my education in UCSB. Research has given me the tools to do some problem-solving and be in a more hands-on and practical setting. Classes might be boring at times, but by doing research work, you can apply the underlying concepts that you have already learned. Doing lab work for Professor Samir Mitragotri’s lab gives me a lot of knowledge and techniques that I can use in the future. For example, I know how to passage cells and grow cells. I never learned these in my classes, but some concepts in organic chemistry helped me quite a bit in performing these experience. So my advice is to start looking for research opportunities by talking to your professors and talking about their research work. And if you are interested, ask them if they need an intern in their lab. Also, look at the UCSB website online. I found the details of the international internship that I did in Oxford in the website of the UCSB materials department. Just keep your eyes open for opportunities, and if you find something that suits you, act on it right away so you can finish the paperwork by the deadline.