• Question: Did you always want to be a scientist from a young age?

    Asked by niallthenerd to Andrew, Shane, Eileen, Naomi, Aggelos on 9 Nov 2012. This question was also asked by vin13, alexh, alexandrasharykina, charlotteb.
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      Shane Bergin answered on 9 Nov 2012:

      Yes. But i changed my mind a good few times along the way. I wanted to be a vet, a doctor, and a pilot at different stages too. I ended up choosing science because I was good at it in school and really liked understanding how the world works, finding stuff out, and experimenting with things. I should stress that like most people, I didn’t have a clue if I was doing the right thing or not when i chose my degree subject – it’s normal to be confused!

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      Andrew Jackson answered on 11 Nov 2012:

      My first memory was wanting to fly fighter jets! Then I wanted to be a medical doctor, and when I finally went to University I wanted to study very deadly viruses like Ebola. As I picked my subjects during my first two years of my science degree I realised that evolution, animals and behavior were what I really loved. Doing zoology has also let me include lots of other types of science in my studies, like genetics, microbiology, physics and maths.

      If i ever got bored of science, I think I would like to make and program computer games. I LOVE computer games!

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      Eileen Diskin answered on 13 Nov 2012:

      Well, not always. When I was a really little kid, I wanted to be a school crossing guard (a lollipop ladies), because I had a really nice on when I was in school, and I thought she was the best and wanted to be just like her.

      But I began to really love animals. I had a dog, who I loved sooooo much. And when I was a bit older (about 13-16 years old), I got to volunteer at a zoo in the city where I grew up. That was really cool, and we got to work with lots of different animals (although since we were in school, a lot of times they just had us cleaning up the poop – gross!). But I liked working with the animals, so I knew for sure I wanted to be a zoologist of some sort, so now I guess it makes sense that I’m working with animals in my research.

      Along the way, I didn’t like all of the kids of science, so I’m happy I did find the one I am good at and that I love doing.

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      Aggelos Zacharopoulos answered on 14 Nov 2012:

      Yes, I think I realised from early in school that science is the thing for me.

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      Naomi Elster answered on 14 Nov 2012:

      I think I always was a scientist, because I always asked questions and wanted to know how things worked. I changed my mind about what I wanted to do a lot – a vet, a doctor, an astronaut, a doctor in the army, a lawyer, a writer, many others – so I kept my options open until I knew what I really wanted. I loved biology and chemistry in school but couldn’t decide if I wanted to do science or medicine – then when graduate entry medicine came aong, it seemed perfect! But as I was doing my science degree I fell more and more in love with science. I did a research project in final year in college and that was where I realised that I’d found where I wanted to be.