A couple of months ago I struggled with trying to figure out whether to take on a particular undergrad student (UgS) in the lab for the summer. I did a lot of thinking about the situation and the program that I had committed to being a part of and finally decided that it was a good idea to do so, even if it meant UgS might turn out to be a huge time sink. After agreeing to this and prepping myself to better deal with the situation, UgS has recently bailed from the program and I found out today that they will not be in the lab this summer.
As you might imagine, I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand I am selfishly happy not to be faced with the amount of training I was going to have to do. On the other, it seems like an opportunity lost. However, under the circumstances by which UgS decided not to be involved with the program this year, it is probably for the best. Of course now I'm stuck with a project and no one to work on it.