• Question: what made science so interesting for you at school, that you made it into a career?

    Asked by hollxxx to Antoine, Daniel, James, Julie, Saima on 15 Nov 2013.
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      Daniel Patten answered on 15 Nov 2013:

      Hi hollxxx,

      At school, I think we are all more interested in the subjects we are naturally good at (and so enjoy more!) and Biology an Chemistry were two of the subjects that ‘clicked’ for me and I found relatively easy! This made me follow those subjects into A-level and then even further on into degrees at University and finally into a career! My favourite parts of Biology were always, and still are(!), Microbiology and Immunology; it amazes me that things so small that we can’t see them with the naked eye (such as bacteria and viruses etc.) can have such a massive impact on us humans (through disease) and the world in general.

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      Julie Speakman answered on 15 Nov 2013:

      Hey hollxxx
      I didn’t know at school that I would become a scientist, in fact it took me years to work it out! For me I needed to try other things and kind of see how they felt, this helped me work out that this was what I wanted to do.
      I think one of the reasons I liked science at school is that I’m quite nosy! And science is often about working out what is really going on, even if you can’t see something and trying to understand how something works and so how you can make it better.

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      James Hickey answered on 17 Nov 2013:

      Hi hollxxx!

      When I was at school I had no idea I would end up making a career in science. I obviously enjoyed science at school (apart from the exams!) and that helped me decide to do a geoscience degree at university. But it was only at the end of my degree that I started to consider a career in science. And I’m very glad I did – I’m very happy doing a ‘job’ I love.

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      Antoine Buchard answered on 19 Nov 2013:

      Hi Hollxx
      At school, I was very lucky to have fascinating, inspiring, funny teachers that made me love science, and most importantly, believe in myself, in my abilities to be able to become a scientist. Thanks to them! There is not one day I don’t think about them. They changed my life!

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      Saima Rehman answered on 20 Nov 2013:

      Hi Hollxxx, sorry for my late reply. The interesting fact about science is the “thinking” and “problem solving”, and I think it is really great. At school, I always enjoyed scientific facts about interesting Chemistry, amazing Physics, cool Biology, astonishing space and earth, surprising human body, shocking microorganism and …(a long list)… If you start thinking about the things and try to search answers for “why? how? when? and what?”, you will find science everywhere.