This was an opportunity that taught me much and showed me what I wanted to do with my life.
As a student, I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. However, working in a laboratory as a student worker showed me that I wanted to work in a laboratory setting for the rest of my life, leading me onto a path I hadn't even known existed. My coworkers were all very kind and no one looked down on me for being an undergraduate, and I was trusted with many tasks that I honestly couldn't believe they might entrust a student with. The professors who headed my lab were normally not present, and one of the two was not very personable, but it never caused me any issue. My pay was extremely low, but that was because I was a student worker. I have no knowledge of what the pay would be for the graduate students (if any) or the professors and laboratory assistants.