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Dear Science,
We didn’t get off to the best start. I thought you were kind of boring and really obvious. You seemed to mostly consist of making circuits out of batteries and wires with the occasional vinegar and bicarbonate of soda volcano with little explanations as to why. Then there was all that stuff about a fizzy drink losing weight when left open, which was really obvious by the way and the most boring experiment I have sat through in my entire life. Plus I always forgot my lab coat and really, who deserves a detention for that?
But then you showed me a cell, and a metal that could catch on fire and a screaming jelly baby that flew across the room. You showed me that there was a reason my hair was curly and my sisters wasn’t. You explained to me how all the stuff around me was made and how hearing worked and finally answered that damned question about why the sky is blue.
And finally you showed me that whenever there is a problem, there is almost always a solution. You proved that there are no limits as to what people can do when their minds and time are focused on an issue. You suggested that the world might just be saved yet, and I couldn’t wait to be a part of it.
So Science, we may not have had the best start, and I’m sorry for telling you I’d rather be in English than this bloody class, but I love you now and I hope I can keep showing you that throughout my career
Love,
Hannah Sewell (Second Year Biology Undergraduate)

Dear Science,

We didn’t get off to the best start. I thought you were kind of boring and really obvious. You seemed to mostly consist of making circuits out of batteries and wires with the occasional vinegar and bicarbonate of soda volcano with little explanations as to why. Then there was all that stuff about a fizzy drink losing weight when left open, which was really obvious by the way and the most boring experiment I have sat through in my entire life. Plus I always forgot my lab coat and really, who deserves a detention for that?

But then you showed me a cell, and a metal that could catch on fire and a screaming jelly baby that flew across the room. You showed me that there was a reason my hair was curly and my sisters wasn’t. You explained to me how all the stuff around me was made and how hearing worked and finally answered that damned question about why the sky is blue.

And finally you showed me that whenever there is a problem, there is almost always a solution. You proved that there are no limits as to what people can do when their minds and time are focused on an issue. You suggested that the world might just be saved yet, and I couldn’t wait to be a part of it.

So Science, we may not have had the best start, and I’m sorry for telling you I’d rather be in English than this bloody class, but I love you now and I hope I can keep showing you that throughout my career

Love,

Hannah Sewell (Second Year Biology Undergraduate)


This Is What A Scientist Looks Like is a project developed to challenge the stereotypical perception of a scientist.