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Asked by kelsey to Arti, Chris, Dustin, James, Steven on 18 May 2012.
Keywords: career, scientist
Keep studying science and maths subjects, that’s about it for now. Eventually you will get to Uni and then you can start to narrow down to what you like best. I went to Uni expecting to be a physicist at the end but I narrowed down my subjects based
This is a great question.
As James has said, during high school, do as much science and math type subjects as you can. This will give you a bit of a taste of what the different sciences are like.
Try and get along to science shows, to see what the different fields of science do. Go to museums, zoos, science museums, and when universities have open days, go along and ask all the questions you can of people in the science faculties.
Also read a lot and watch documentaries. There are lots of good science books that talk about different aspects of science and documentaries will give you an idea of what scientists actually do.
Once you have an idea of what type of science you are interested in, whether it be physics or social sciences, then when you get to university you will have a good idea of what courses to take. If you are not sure at that stage, take a variety of courses to see which ones you are interested in and talk to people, like you are now, about their science to see if that interests you.
Just follow and do what you love, eventually you will find your way and don’t be stressed about it. The main thing is just having good foundations, which is maths and broad science methods.
So for me, I went to university and started in molecular biology and biochemistry. I was studying a lot of organic and environmental chemistry. Then by half way through my degree I had changed into bigger picture science, looking at biogeography, ecology, evolution and the big picture of things. So do not be too concerned about knowing what you want to do yet.
Hey @kelsey. Have a look at my answer to you in your question about taking cells out, etc. Keep studying. Hang in there and keep up the passion! Good luck.
In my branch, astronomy and astrophysics, study maths and physics at school, then four years at University doing an Honours degree in physics, then a PhD (~four years) doing specialised research. Healthy doses of engineering and, in particular, computer science along the way are good side dishes.
My advice to you is to keep studying science and maths as you go through school, and also keep studying other things that you are interested in. As you go through school you will realise which science subjects you like the most (chemistry, biology, physics) and what sort of area you might want to keep studying or working in. I would also recommend that you keep studying maths for as long as you can (at least until the end of school, and some at uni if you like it enough), because all scientists need to understand and use maths as part of their work (even if they don’t realise it), so the more of it you can do the better off you probably will be, particularly if you go into physics or chemistry-related areas.
Also keep reading science books, magazines and websites, and watch lots of documentaries, and visit lots of science shows, uni open days, museums etc etc – keep doing science things that relate to what you like.
When you get to uni, try all sorts of subjects if you still haven’t quite decided what area you like the most, so that you can find what really interests you and what you really enjoy doing/learning about. The variety of subjects available at uni is really big, so you will end up finding ones that you like. If you like computers, you’ll find something related to them. If you like sports, you’ll find something related. Your ideas and plans might change over time, and that is perfectly ok!
Never ever be afraid to work hard but don’t stress yourself out. Remember that no matter how much you do learn, there will always be something new for you to keep learning about, so keep your curiosity alive. Also remember that you will never know absolutely everything and that no one should ever expect you to, and that arrogance is not a good thing, no matter how much of an ‘expert’ you might be about a particular topic. There are a lot of people who forget these things, so I just wanted to pass on this advice to you while you are still very young, (hopefully) before you meet anyone like that! 🙂 I think these are some of the most important things I could tell you. Best of luck and I hope things go well for you and your dream to be a scientist. 🙂
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