Everyone Can Heart Science

“Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact.” – Carl Sagan

I love science – and I don’t discriminate; I love any and all Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) fields actually. If you read my Twitter feed or Facebook wall you will find that I am constantly “geeking out” over this new study or that new finding in the fields of astronomy or ecology or medicine or technology etc. I love it so much that I bought a shirt that says “I (picture of an anatomical heart) science”. As a resuscitation science researcher that shirt was very appropriate. So when someone at my academic university responded to my shirt with the question, “If you love science so much why don’t you get a PhD?” I was taken aback, but then began to wonder: Can you not love science without a formal education or advanced degree? Do your scientific achievements mean less or lack value?

When I was young I knew I wanted to do two things, be a superhero (check! but please don’t give away my secret identity) and work in a field of science. But my path was a circuitous one and I did not go to college after high school. Instead, I worked hard and played hard and learned many life-skills that I would not have otherwise gained, and I, and my work, are all the better for it. But after some time, I realized I needed to go to college and get a degree. Because of my secret superhero identity I wanted a field where I could help others and not wear a mask. Having met and been inspired by other superhero nurses, I completed my Bachelor’s degree in —> Read More