• Question: What made you want to become a scientist?

    Asked by Liv to Kevin, Liz, Beccy, Rosie on 9 Jun 2017. This question was also asked by 326epdj29.
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      anon answered on 9 Jun 2017:

      I want to find out answers. I didn’t really like writing essays because while you could write a better or a less good essay there was no sense of getting the answer ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. That pushed me to science where you can write down formulae and perform calculations. Sometimes I’m the first person to know a particular fact – I love that!

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      Rosie Fok answered on 10 Jun 2017:

      I like using bits of information (evidence) to solve a puzzle. I also like the fact that science is never ending. There is always something new to learn, new to discover, or a new way to use the old knowledge.

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      Rebecca Corkill answered on 11 Jun 2017:

      The first time I remember thinking that I wanted to be a scientist was when I was 6. I was reading Dolphin Diaries by Lucy Daniels https://www.waterstones.com/book/into-the-blue/lucy-daniels/9780340778579 . The book was about a girl that lived on a boat with her marine biologist parents studying dolphins. I really wanted to live that life and it made me think about being a scientist.

      Of course my interest changed over the years, but what was similar was the careers I wanted was always Biology focused.

      I think I always liked the idea of discovering things that had never been discovered before. A modern age explorer in the world of insects.

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      Liz Buckingham-Jeffery answered on 11 Jun 2017:

      I’m not really sure, I can’t actually think of any one particular person or event that inspired me.

      I just always liked maths at school and I was always quite good at it. So it made sense for me to go and study it at university. When I was at university though I realised that I didn’t enjoy just maths by itself. I felt like I needed to use maths to do something useful. It took me a couple of years to figure out how I could do this. But eventually I discovered that people were using maths and statistics to help control infectious diseases. And I just went from there.