I work in the main lab doing analysis work on samples, and one of the best things about it is that I get to learn how to work with many different machines. I got 4 months to learn how to do my work independently and my supervisor was always available when I needed help.
Sometimes there wasn't enough work and it could get boring.
I don't associate a lot with other people outside of the lab, but when I did they were always very welcoming.
Don't be afraid to ask for help and give yourself time to learn.