Switching labs is not uncommon in grad school. If the university you chose does not have a rotation system, you are left to pick a lab based on your interest in the research and with a general idea how the PI will be as a mentor based on the quick interactions you have had.If your university does have rotations, you gain a general understanding of the lab environment and the mentor-student dynamic. Unfortunately, your time in the lab may not always pan out the way you hoped it would. It could be that the mentorship style is not the right match for you, competitiveness in the lab is toxic, there is no work-life balance, or you are just not interested in the research anymore.
Below, are stories from current and previous graduate students who have had to switch labs to finish the one goal they have set out to do in grad school; that is to earn a Ph.D. They share the good and bad of their journey and how it affected their mental health. These stories are to assure you that you are not alone if you find yourself in this situation and that there is a silver lining to it all.