• Question: What did you want to be when you were younger?

    Asked by indiee on 15 Mar 2024. This question was also asked by duke1tad, duty497fad, tree1want, rung1bods.
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      Rosa Sanchez-Lucas answered on 15 Mar 2024:


      I wanted to be a plant physician to heal plants.

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      Tina-Jaine Haigh answered on 20 Mar 2024: last edited 20 Mar 2024 10:32 am


      When I was little I wanted to be a dancer/actor. By my mid teens, I had developed more of an interest in science, and I wanted to be an architect. I started to realise it was really the physics and engineering of how to make buildings strong and effective which interested me, so I went on to study physics at university. I developed a particular interest in nuclear physics, and realised I wanted to work in nuclear power. By the time I finished uni, I had decided I wanted to work in nuclear safety. So you see there is lots of chance to change your mind.

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      Sharron Kenny answered on 21 Mar 2024:


      i wanted to be a vet.. then i wanted to work in forensic science and while i was studying this at university i 1st came across x-ray analysis being used for things other than X-raying peoples bones. i was offered a job in a laboratory and gradually i have specialised more and more in x-raying things. sometimes we do cool things like look at moon rocks or a sword once

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      Michael C Macey answered on 2 Apr 2024:


      I originally wanted to go into medicine and become a medical doctor – at a careers event I got to see a selection of talks by doctors and surgeons and I discovered that I have a pretty strong blood phobia! I was still interested in research so went into science, studying a biology degree and intending to do medical research – However, as I studied I fell in love with environmental science and am now an astrobiologist trying to characterise if there is life outside of Earth.

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      Rebecca von Hellfeld answered on 22 May 2024:


      I had so many dreams. I wanted to work with animals for a while, either as a vet or in a rescue centre. Then I wanted to be a business manager or actor (blame teenage me for wanting loads of money). Then i really liked the idea to be a librarian, art reconstructor, or somehow involved with historic items…
      But to be fair, science was always part of what I liked about those dreams. The nutrition and veterinary science, the science of management or effective acting, historic resconstruction and the chemistry involved…

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