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I was really shocked to be nominated by seekingscience blog for the Sunshine blogger award earlier this week. Seekingscience is a blog ran by four lovely ladies that have a passion for science. They explain interesting things in the science world. Topics range from CRISPR to the most recent ,on the effect of the current heatwave in the UK on the environment. It is worth having a view of their site.

The sunshine blogger award is an accolade given by one blogger in recognition for work they find creative, inspiring and positive. I am still finding my feet at only two months in. My vision is slowly becoming a reality and having people see potential in what I write is heart-warming.

The rules are:

1. Thank the blogger(S) who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog

2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you

3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions

4. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post and or on your blog.

Now to get started on the questions:

1. What is the meaning of the title of your blog?

Catalyst in biology/ chemistry means something that causes an increase in the speed of a reaction without itself becoming affected. So “thecatalystinme” is the idea of pushing yourself to make all your dreams or ambitions come true without losing who you truly are in the process

2. Why did you start blogging

I wanted to make a difference in how people viewed science careers and make it easier to see the options available outside of medicine.

3. How did you get interested in science

Weirdly enough, it always clicked for me. In secondary school biology was my favourite subject so I just went with it.

4. What do you find the most rewarding and most challenging about blogging

The most rewarding thing is, only being two months into it I have already received amazing messages from people saying they have found inspiration through my posts and it honestly just warms my heart. SO THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT REACHES OUT. The most challenging thing I would say is staying consistent and trying to get my posts to reach the people I want it to.

5. Where do you hope your blog will be in a years time

I hope it becomes a place where students at various stages in their journey come for guidance and motivation. I hope it also builds itself as a place where people just interested in science come to find out more without being intimidated that science is “hard”

6. If you could visit any place in the world and why, where would it be and why

I think it has to be bali or Malaysia , It just seems like the ultimate peaceful holiday location

7. Would you rather go back in time or to the future

I think go into the future because I worry so much and I would want to know where my life is headed.

8. What is your favourite book of all time

My favourite book is “ My sister Jodie” by Jacqueline Wilson. This book really had a big impact on my childhood. I think it was the first book where I was extremely attached to all the characters.

9. Do you prefer twitter or Instagram

Instagram, I am a very visual person and just like aesthetically pleasing pictures

10. What has been the most exciting thing to come out of your blogging experience so far

Just seeing my vision finally come to fruition is very rewarding and also having a mental picture of where I can see my blog going.

11. How do you stay motivated to keep blogging

Knowing I want to cause change and make science accessible to all. The lovely messages I receive also keep me going

My nominations:

1. Abookishstudent - Jen has a passion for science and books and has shown how its easily done to balance university and reading for leisure

2. thesciencenotebook- Olivia is loves to write about science on her blog, especially science about lichen, neuroscience, bacteria, and urban nature

3. Behindtheschmile - The owner Tisha shares her self discovery journey with us by being open and honest.

4. Littlelyssfitness - Exercise Physiology student. Alyssas aim is to educate and inspire. If you want to learn more about clean eating and exercise backed by scienctific facts, she is amazing

5. Blackgirlsinstem- a lovely page that highlights positive images of black women in STEM

6. Blackwomeninsciencenetwork - an online networking platform for black women in science that also features amazing blog posts on all things science

7. 23 theories - Cell biologist currently documenting her phd journey. Its amazing seeing the highs and lows of Phd life

8. Livelablovelife - Yuri a medical virology student in South Africa, documents the triumphs and trials of lab life

9. Freshscience blog- Nicola giving us a fresh perspective in science. Her blog aims To make science and research accessible to the general public and spread awareness document her phd and clear some misconceptions about the world of academia.

10. Thecurlyscientist : MS bioengineering student documenting her science journey. Being a biology student its amazing seeing her navigate the world of bioengineering, biomechanics and cybersecurity

11. Forevergetlagged - A couple who travel and are teaching students that you don't have to wait to travel even on a limited budget

My Questions

1. Describe your blog in 3 words

2. If you won a noble prize, what would you want it in

3. What motivated you to start your blog

4. What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start a blog

5. Which celebrity do you most relate to and why

6. Would you like to become a full time blogger and why?

7. If you could be an animal which one would you be and why?

8. How do you handle stress?

9. Where do you imagine your blog in the next 5 years ?

10. What has blogging taught you ?

11. What motivates you not only in blogging but all areas of your life?

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