The experience provided me the opportunity learn about the process of academic research as well as the opportunity to improve scientific communication and public speaking skills. This experience also helped me increase my professional network, which propelled me to be involved with other research projects relevant to my career interests.
What I wish was different
More hands on experience working with data
Make sure you coordinate your goals, expectations, and research topic thoroughly with you research mentor. Be willing to adapt and lower your expectations of the experience. You will get what you put in.