I have always been interested in science from a young age. This is due in part to my love of dinosaurs and spaceships when I was young then to getting interested in chemistry as I got older. What got me fascinated for chemistry were the various chemical reactions that my teachers performed to keep the class interested, which inspired me to learn what exactly happened in that reaction. From simple combustion reactions to acid base reactions, I began to consider a science career more seriously. I eventually pursued a degree in chemical engineering as it let me gain and utilize knowledge from chemistry, biology, mathematics and physics—-subjects that I have enjoyed.
At some point though, my motivation and interest was waning from working in a company. Perhaps it was just because everything I was doing at that point was routine, following a strict guideline in a way that most of my knowledge felt unnecessary, since many experiments I had to conduct had an expected result or were previously done so thoroughly that I did not have any meaningful contributions to make. However, by choosing to work in a research environment in the Montclare Lab, my interest and motivation was rekindled as I could contribute and continue to learn instead of stagnating.
The reason I choose science is because it’s a field where I can learn and use the knowledge I gain continuously. Science always has new discoveries to be made, new information that was previously unknown. The opportunity to do research is such a wonderful thing as I was able to learn many things in a short period of time and have a bit more freedom in planning out experiments as the procedures can be adjusted to suit the experiment, unlike in a company where most things were set in stone. I plan to continue pursuing a career in science and thanks to research; I can gain useful skills to follow through with my goals.
- Kazi Mahdi Helal