Favourite science fact: Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion: To every action there’s an equal but opposite reaction.
Journey in 3 Words: Overall, i’ll say my journey has been fast-paced, challenging, and rewarding.
Briefly describe your course:
I completed my undergrad in 2yrs 6mo as it was an accelerated program. It was combined with clinical internships of 8 hours every other day and as an intern you were required to be fully involved as you’ll be if you were employed. Currently doing my Graduate degree in public health is very stressful and requires extra effort and determination as it is online.
What motivated you to pursue a career in science?:
My love for Biology motivated me but at the end of it I developed more love and interest for physics.
What advice would you give someone wanting to study the same degree?
Go for it but be ready to dedicate your time and effort in reading and finding out things for yourself. As a radiation therapist, you’ll be treating cancer patients with high energy radiation therefore you need to be attentive, focused and ready to think outside the box. As a public health agent you’ll need to invest your time in research and developing policies and strategies that will provide a safe and thriving environment for the community.
What advice would you give on picking universities:
Do not pick based on ranking or friends. Compare course outlines with the various universities before making a decision. I picked Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences because they offered a very gainful course structure for both undergrad and Graduate.
What do/ did you enjoy the most about your masters course:
I’ll say I mostly enjoy studying a range of courses and learning from each one the importance of Public Health and how broad it is. At first I thought Public Health was only focused on health and hospitals but it also includes promoting healthy lifestyles, ensuring public safety etc.
What advice would you give your younger self:
Don’t beat yourself up about the things you love but don’t know how to learn. It’s a process that requires hard work and dedication. I loved science but I had no idea how to learn and appreciate until about 3 years ago. At the end of the day, everything fell in place. My hard work and dedication started being visible to myself and others.
How do you feel the Science world has evolved throughout your career? ( what are some hard truths you have had to face?)
The science world has evolved twice as much as I thought it would. The hard truth I've found is that it takes constant research and new knowledge to stay relevant in the science world, especially in my career path. New machines and treatment techniques are being developed and implemented every now and then.
What is your biggest pet peeve about how the world perceives science. It’s too hard and you have no social life if you decide to go into it.
When considering your career path, how much has your potential salary affected your decision? It has had one of the greatest impacts because to be honest, no one wants to spend thousands of dollars acquiring the knowledge and skill but be paid the bare minimum.
I hope this post inspires you to follow your passions and acknowledge that at every stage of your career will involve perseverance, consistency and discipline to help you achieve your desired goal. Never forget that “ no accomplishment is too small and no goal is too high”
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