• Question: did you like science all of your life or do you only enjoy it now??

    Asked by meganisium to Cathal, Daphne, Darren, Jon, Katherine on 12 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by travisblundell.
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      Daphne Ng answered on 10 Mar 2012:

      I have liked Science since I was in Secondary school (13-16 years old). But the turning point for me came when I was in Secondary 3 (15 years old). I was learning about how we can use microorganisms to make useful products for us as part of the GCE O levels. It was then that I fell in love with the little critters and Microbiology. Then, I had the opportunity to participate in my first hands-on research project involving fungal growth and wallpaper (you can find the details on my profile). Since then, I have not looked back!

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      Katherine Haxton answered on 10 Mar 2012:

      Since forever, but I like lots of other stuff too so it was hard to pick science over english, art and music. I decided that those things would make good hobbies but science required more stuff to do it well so I was better studying that. I really enjoy the science I do at the moment.

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      Jon Benton answered on 12 Mar 2012:

      I went through a number of different ideas before I landed in science. Early on I always preferred maths and science to english and the arts but I thought I wanted to be a lawyer so away from science. Also during GCSE’s I had a great english teacher and so pursued that further. For me I’ve always tried to be balanced in what I do as I think it’s great to have a variety of experiences and when deciding what to do at university I had a number of choices to make but in the end decided on science. I think for me it is the process that goes on in science and not always the science itself that I love, solving a problem and understanding why things happen that is the exciting aspect for me.

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      Cathal Breen answered on 12 Mar 2012:

      I have always been drawn to science. I really like to ask questions, such as “why does that happen?” or “what would happen if I did this?” Applying science to healthcare has enabled me to combine my interests. I can say to patients “the reason your heart is beating so fast is…” and it is science that has offerd them an answer.