‘Oh!’ I exclaimed as my refractometer fell to the ground, shattering on impact. One of the most essential tools in my research. I’m a food researcher, my laboratory is situated in the outskirts of New Orleans. I’d rented a small space to use for my research, I’m currently separated from my family due to work.
I checked around for my wallet and my umbrella, it was cloudy outside so I took the umbrella just in case it rained. I had to replace the refractometer that broke. I got into my car and drove to the nearest store that sold laboratory equipment. I sighed knowing that it’s the last of my penny going for this, I don’t even eat well anymore. How very ironic for a food scientist. Like I said I’m a researcher and I’m so close to making a breakthrough that’ll shock the world of food science as we know it. But sadly, there isn’t enough resources nor funding for it. Everything I do, I do from my own pocket.
I’ve applied several times to food companies to ask for funds or some form of supply to my research but I never got any positive response from any of them. I didn’t give up though, I still sent out appeals in hopes that someone will eventually approve them.
I had thought that after I had my breakthrough, companies would rush at me asking me to work with them. It saddens me to say that even with my breakthrough I’m still looking for a company that’ll hire me. I didn’t want to settle for less because I knew the worth of my work. Eventually one of the leading companies in food science and engineering, read my report and sent a representative to my apartment. I was to begin work the following week. It was the happiest day of my life, all of my hard work eventually paid off. I sit here today telling my story and I say to you that it wasn’t easy. The hustle is real!
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