I loved science even without realizing it. Even before 10, a piece of shiny glass, a piece of light-reflecting plastic, a cup of soda water, a team of ants and a frog found at road side were the objects of my observations. Not even with a clear idea why I was attracted by these things, I just loved to observe. Everything seemed so amazing and mysterious.
After being educated in science at school, I became even more fascinated and began wondering “why” the objects I see would behave the way they did. I would get lost in my imagination by asking “why” and play this game at least until an adult would interrupt me.
Without any ambition to discover some super special chemical or material, I chose chemistry as major for college study. And I did so simply because I wanted to know the “secrets” behind “everything”. My college education greatly satisfied my curiosity while opening a bigger world in front of me, in which the knowledge of science has equipped me to imagine and create new things.
Now I am still studying and enjoying science with the people who have the same passion for it. We all have a same dream, which is to make the world better with the power of science!
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As Henry J. Tillman once said, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.”
Growing up, I cannot say that I was born with a passion for the chemical and biological sciences. Under the influences of my family, my father played a key role in introducing the world of science to me as a young child. He studied biochemistry in Shanghai, China and proceeded to obtained his M.D. at a later point in his life. Afterwards, he moved to America to start a family in hopes of living the “American dream.” After coming home from elementary school, he would give me basic lessons on the chemical properties of the body and try to make me understand how intricate we as humans are. Little did I know that those afternoons I spent with my father in the park and the mini-science lessons he gave me would plant a seed of curiosity in me.
I remember in the 6th grade, he took me to the New York Hall of Science and I found myself completely mesmerized by the exhibit. By then, that seed was slowly growing in me.
That following year I took my interest even further and decided to challenge myself at my school’s science fair. With a little bit of creativity and hard work, I designed a pretty effective solar powered cooker and I made it as a finalist and won second place! I remembered that sweet taste of accomplishment and I was hungry for more. At the time, I could hardly believe my success and this was all the motivation and encouragement I needed to stimulate my interest in the sciences even more.
I never thought I’d become a biology major but little did I know, I find myself currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomolecular Science at Polytechnic Institute of NYU. The way I see it, understanding the chemical and biological sciences can enable the manipulation of the essential factors of life. One of the greatest inspirations to pursue my passion for science came as a result of attending this school. I thought I knew all there was to know when I left high school, but I was clearly wrong. I’m constantly surrounded by young scientists passionate about what they study and they inspire me to propel forward in my passions as well. The possibilities are truly endless and it’s only a matter of fulfilling your potential!