I loved learning the science behind how animals’ bodies work and how medicine can fix them when they are sick. Then I graduated and I learned that being a vet isn’t really about playing with animals, it’s about dealing with people. People who are stressed because their animals are sick. That made me stressed too. So stressed that I couldn’t sleep at night. So I decided to become a scientist.
I did a PhD in molecular biology and found out that turning off a disease-causing mutation isn’t enough to stop a disease from progressing. Then I moved to sunny San Diego to study the gene changes that happen in the heart as we age. I loved research but I found out that only 0.5-16% of PhD grads will ever become Professors. I stopped sleeping again. I looked at my friends in the lab – all talented scientists – and thought, ‘Will I be one of the 0.5%? Should I be one of the 0.5%? That would mean I take away that chance from everyone around me.’ So I decided to go back to what I really loved: writing.
I am now a freelance science writer, writing anything from academic papers to blog posts and email campaigns for startups, student organisations and big life science companies.
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