I am spending most of this summer doing summer research at school. My original thought of research was that it would be monotonous and boring and overall the worst experience ever. Once I started, it didn't seem that bad. There was a lot of pipetting, but I got to watch cells grow too.
Now, I like the idea of research - asking a question and then performing an experiment to see what answer you get. Sounds like some fun detective work. However, after my 21 day experiment failed a couple times and I still don't know if I'm going to get any meaningful results, research and I are not the best of friends. I'm not finding watching cells grow too exciting. I do basically the same stuff every day - pipetting, cleaning the lab, and taking pictures of my cells. So I have found research to be very monotonous and interesting at times.
My other job this summer is teaching a class of 7 students. I've only had a couple classes, but I'm starting to appreciate my teachers more. It takes a lot of work to put lectures together AND make them interesting.