Abbie Wilson, assistant communications team leader at Young Scientists Journal and a sixth form student from Scotland, tells us how she fell in love with science.
Before I started high school people said to me that I would love science but I was indignant that I wouldn’t like it and that it wasn’t for me. I think that 12 year old me would be quite surprised to find out that in 4 years’ time she would be sitting exams in all 3 sciences and attending a summer week purely studying STEM subjects. I can’t quite remember the moment that I fell in love with science but I do remember thinking that this is what I was meant to do. Something about that class suited me and my inquisitive nature. I suppose it was probably the logical side of me that strangely enjoyed the precision involved in Physics calculations. The more questioning side revelled in peering down the lens of a microscope to look at the cells which make up our bodies. And last but not least, every part of me loved watching my chemical creations bubbling away. Some people think that to be a scientist you need to be a certain type of person but the truth is that there is a place for everyone in science. Some people aren’t suited to more subjective subjects such as English or Art and this is another reason why I felt so at home studying STEM subjects. That includes young women who may be put off taking Physics or Engineering Science because they are ‘boys’ subjects’ – never listen to anyone who tells you this as it’s complete rubbish! Everyone has strengths and you never know what your strengths are or where they could take you until you give new things a try.
If you have an inquisitive mind then come to Young Scientists Journal’s science and communication conference, on 14th of October in Canterbury, learn something through lectures, workshops and more and above all be inspired.