Some background: I first became interested in research in high school after doing a field biology research program. I did bird banding and some water quality work and absolutely LOVED it. I loved being outdoors, loved the teacher, loved the other students, and learned to love birds. This was a very important experience in my life and really motivated me. I later discovered my passion for math and physics and have since decided to direct my passion for science and research in that direction. Field research in biology, although enjoyable, lacks the quantitative aspect that I would like to have. Current situation: I'm a freshman and have been working in a neurobiology lab for the past semester. Before starting in the lab I was 100% sure that I wanted to pursue a career in research, I just wasn't sure exactly which area I found most interesting. I spent the first semester looking around for a position and finally found one, but I am pretty disappointed with my experience so far (for a couple of reasons). This is devastating for me, and I realize now how naive I was to think that I could join a lab and just magically be passionate about whatever I was doing. I'm an engineering major and therefore the PI didn't give me the traditional beginning undergrad tasks of pipeting, prepping, etc. and I consider myself very fortunate in that respect. Instead, I started with a "computer modeling" project, though it's not quite what one would traditionally consider computer modeling. I spend 12 hours a week messing with numbers and graphs in excel and find it VERY boring. It's very theoretical and I think this part of the reason I don't find it interesting. I am hoping that I will be able to actually begin programming this summer, but it doesn't look very promising. It seems as though my mentor doesn't think I am capable of learning the programming... this bothers me. Though more realistically, he probably just doesn't have the time to sit down and teach it to me or maybe a little bit of both. Also, I thought that I was okay with working indoors in a lab 100% of the time, but I am beginning to realize otherwise. Options: I realize that research is very tedious most of the time but how will I know if lab work is "right" for me? Should I just give it more time? After all, I've only been in the lab for a semester. My other option would be to try to go back to doing some type of field work. I find earth science interesting. The mix of field work and lab analysis/modeling in geophysics is very appealing. Should I consider trying to find a position in this field? As you can see, I'm very confused right now and would appreciate any advice... especially from someone who has been in a similar situation. I'm sorry if I rambled on quite a bit in this post but I find this somewhat therapeutic, and if you actually read this entire post, I applaud you Thanks.