• Question: what made you get into science? have you always been interested?

    Asked by supascientist02 to Andrew, Janey P, Kinda, Ravi, SarahJane on 25 Jun 2013.
    • Photo: Andrew Manches

      Andrew Manches answered on 25 Jun 2013:

      I loved physics at school – I loved playing with things like springs and circuits, I especially liked taking things apart and (sometimes) putting them back together again. But I did not like science exams and I didn’t like having to do some science bits I didn’t like. So I thought I didn’t like science.

      When I went to university I found out that science is not just physics, chemistry and biology. I studied psychology – looking at how the mind works – and I loved it. I only chose this because someone gave me a psychology book at school which seemed interesting. I loved the idea that we can examine how things like paper, computers, toys, pictures etc change how people think and learn.

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      Sarah-Jane Walsh answered on 25 Jun 2013:

      I loved dolphins when i was younger and fixing things, so i had an interest in how things work and the ocean… so i looked up what kind of jobs you could do where you did that and kablam… marine biologist! so really since i was maybe 7 years old, but then i didn’t really know it was being a scientist =) i just thought it was cool!

    • Photo: Ravi Kopparapu

      Ravi Kopparapu answered on 26 Jun 2013:

      I was interested in science since I was 12 years old. Looking at the stars made me study Astronomy (also Star Trek !). When I was a kid, I collected a group of our friends and played Star Trek with them.

      Later in high school and college, I found that just getting interested is not enough. I need to be good at Math and Science (especially physics). So I focused more those topics. The more I studied, the more interested I became and started asking questions if I did not understand.

      I strongly encourage you to follow a similar path. You may or may not go into science, but do not stop asking questions and do not be content until you get a satisfying answer.