It’s been a while since I’ve just written my thoughts down about science not relating to careers. I love the science world and the community it brings and there are many things that make the journey an interesting one. There is no better time to write about it all than scienceweek. This is part one of a three-part series; as to every story there are two sides and the truth.
My REAL love for science began when I became actively engaged. This started in my first year of university. Before that I was interested, but I can admit I wasn’t heavily engaged. I mainly coasted through and knew I was good at biology; I did enjoy it during a levels but university really had me hooked.
When I finally had my first lecture the “failure” of not doing medicine started fading away. I didn’t really understand science outside the way it was portrayed in medicine. Suddenly, I was thrown into the human body. From gcse, you learn that cells come together to form tissues and then tissues work together to form organs and finally all the organs do their thing and that’s how you are reading this post right now. It’s a mantra, an important one and one that stuck with me. My degree was like being in a blanket of knowledge and every turn you were wrapped up in more knowledge, sometimes a little suffocating that you would have to unravel, but overall an enjoyable experience.
My favourite thing about biology is the ability to understand how the human body works and how intricate it is. There are so many possible areas to focus and when you think you know everything; another question pops up! That’s science for you!
I became so heavily engaged that science found its way into my kitchen conversations. I was engaged outside lectures and you would find me trying to explain things and educate anyone around that me that would listen, whether that would involve explaining metabolic pathways around the ketogenic diet and figuring why I was sleepy after eating.
More on the good things, outside the human body and understanding it to fight disease and prolong human life, science allows you to think of crazy things and prove them. It allows an in depth understanding of everything we interact with. In another life, I wish I understood physics. I remember my favourite lesson was learning about the induction stove in gcse. One minute its hot and the next its cold. Literally Magic!!
Science is a field of unlimited possibilities and highly collaborative. I don’t think any single idea belongs to one person. You can’t really solve the big science problems without collaboration. It’s usually a team effort to piece the puzzle together with no reference image.
Whether you are reading this because you are equally a science nerd or just pop-in and out of science field and only remember that “ the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell, science is mostly a force of good and in the spirit of the week. The most important thing is that you actively engage with the science around you. You’ll be amazed at the things you could find.
Stay tuned for part 2 and 3 .