• Question: When did you realise you liked science?

    Asked by anon-255060 to Alicia on 18 May 2020.
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      Alicia Galdon answered on 18 May 2020:

      This is a tricky one for me! I’m not one of those people who can safely say ‘I’ve always loved science’ – but what I can say is I’ve always loved learning, and I think it’s this curiosity that made me love science. Science wasn’t my favourite lesson in school. I was good at it, but I much preferred to learn about volcanos and earthquakes in geography, and I also really liked art! But I’ve always been interested in how the world works. When I was younger, I think I liked learning about space and planets the most, but I really didn’t like maths (and there’s lots of maths in physics) so I knew it wasn’t for me. As I got older and had to think about what I wanted to do at college, I thought about so many different career options – but there was always a part of me that wanted to help people and make a difference. I also knew that I wanted to always be learning new things. I’d started to hear lots about medical breakthroughs in the news, and thought ‘wow, I’d love to be part of something like that’. That’s what made me stick with science to A-level, and I think it was then that I realised how much I actually did love it. And I liked it more and more, the more in depth I studied it. But one thing I did know was that it was only really biology that I liked – I didn’t (and still don’t) enjoy chemistry!