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!
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.
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.
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.