Ever On and On asks a good question: what do you wish you’d learned as a student, but didn’t?
Most of the commenters over there say “stats, math, and programming”. Not surprising, since those are things that most students don’t like (unless they’re going into statistics, mathematics, or computer science), and things that have increased in importance over time in most every field of science.
I do wish I knew more programming. I often do number crunching in really slow, inefficient ways. I also wish I was a better natural historian, not so much because it would change my science but because it would enrich my appreciation of nature. Of course, if we’re broadening this from “things I wish I’d learned that would make me a better scientist” to “things I wish I’d learned”, then I’d have to list things like “play guitar”. 🙂
What do you wish you’d learned as a student that would make you a better scientist?