So I wanted my personal first post to be … well quite personal. I’m having one of those moments where you look back a few years and realise how all the mistakes you made, all those head-hurting worries actually were part of a Divine Plan to put you exactly where you are. My childhood dream was to be a paediatrician, I loved the idea of it, white coats and stethoscopes and so I naturally fell into loving science, because of my goal. It just sort-of happened… see I was part of the geek-squad at school. There were three of us, and we each had a Star subject; Erica was the Queen of Maths, Joeyta was the Queen of English, and I was the Queen of Science- we really emphasised this point … so much so that we all really started believing it. (Funnily enough our careers all took our somewhat predicted directions.)
Teachers may not realise it, but simple things like: Picking someone to answer a question, appraising them in-front of a class, and awarding them as ‘Gifted Students’ REALLY builds confidence – it built my confidence. I felt like science was a place I could excel, learn about hard things and challenge myself discover how incredibly complex the human and world-design really is. By my GCSE’s I was sky high in academics, I remember watching 5 hours of television the day before my Chemistry GCSE, and not even bating an eye-lid about it. I knew I was going to pursue it. Then it came to ALEVELS, and it was such a big intellectual jump, but I just about survived it. – Just.
I started applying to medical school and took all the tests, worked so incredibly hard and was offered an interview at a University. I was so excited, the campus was amazing, it seemed so right – this was my only shot. The interview went well, I practically had packed my bags to get moving when, yup you guessed it … I was rejected.
To say I was disappointed would be an understatement, it feels a little silly in retrospect but honestly I was gutted. – I full-on couldn’t concentrate in school anymore, couldn’t study. I felt like a failure, because my goal was completely unachieved, by 5-year plan had flopped. I had never even thought of any other option.
-As I scrambled through the last few months of 6th form. Literally hanging on an emotional thread (Thank You God). I had no other option than to study Biomedical Sciences.
I began studying in Hull that Fall with a confidence level that virtually didn’t exist. But I found myself exactly where I needed to be… through the process of 3 years I grew so much, in the most nurturing, wonderful environment, I had a great tutor, great friends and lived in a place where I became open to new ideas, found new interests; and realised that there was so much more to the world of science than I could have ever imagined. I just wished I knew my possibilities earlier on … it would have saved me so much heartache!
And that’s what we want to do with Girls In Science, give you a well-informed glimpse of the science world and say : ‘You have so much to look forward too !’
Both in life … and on this blog 😉