• Question: what made you want to become a scientist

    Asked by tend497fad on 15 Feb 2024. This question was also asked by axes1ape, best1fad, yaps499pan, here1sky, Arianna, made1she, Adam, seem1mess, deny1weds, arms1weds, Cataleya, amelia crush, rare1syph.
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      Erin Pallott answered on 15 Feb 2024:

      I liked science in school, and I liked finding answers to questions. If I didn’t know something, I loved reading books to find out!
      I particularly loved books about diseases and animals, and I would always tell people fun facts I read.
      As a scientist, I get to answer the questions people have, and add to human knowledge.

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      Kirsty Ross answered on 15 Feb 2024:

      I loved finding out the answer to things, and discovering new things. It’s why I chose science over medicine.

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      Clara Ferreira answered on 15 Feb 2024:

      I never thought about actually being a scientist, it was something that just came into my life without me even realizing – I am very curious and I like to know everything to the last detail.
      After realizing that I am a scientist (even without realizing it), my priority is to help people – I work in the cancer area and I like to think that I help people to live longer and better; finding hope for them.
      That probably explains that the most rewarding part of my job is when I am with patients and offer them a better solution that makes them live better and for longer – the way that they react is absolutely amazing and it keeps me going.

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      Viviene Dela Cruz answered on 16 Feb 2024:

      I actually aimed to be an engineer (which I am) but ended up to also be a scientist–didn’t know I could do both! I wanted to have more skills while I was at uni so that finding jobs would be less difficult. I looked for internships and placement years and one of the job offers was to be a scientist for high energy lasers at the UK’s laser facility and I took it! I’ve been a scientist then, even before I finished uni 🙂 It was difficult but also so much fun!

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      Martin McCoustra answered on 19 Feb 2024:

      I enjyoed science at primary school and always wanted to find out more about how things worked. By the time, I was at high school, I realised that I was pretty good at maths, physics and chemistry and livnig not too far from an oil refinery could see that there were jobs there. So I went to university to study chemistry and while they realised I enjoyed finding out stuff too much to want to work in industry. So I did my research degree and eventually became an academic.

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      Alexander de Bruin answered on 20 Feb 2024:

      At first because I was curious in the world, then because I was naturally fairly good at it, and now it’s because of the difference I can make to the big challenges facing our society

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      Ai-Lan Lee answered on 6 Mar 2024:

      I enjoyed science as soon as I started learning it in school. I immediately made my dad buy me a Chemistry set and loved playing around with it! It is a beautiful balance between creativity as well as being inquisitive: asking the right questions and designing experiments to answer them.