When I was in elementary school I said I was going to grow up to be a scientist. Back then we didn’t have Tumblr, so I had to imagine what a scientist looked like. I believe in my imagination I wore a lab coat and one of those headbands with a shiny disc. It turns out I can dress like a normal person! At some point, I decided that I wanted to do research in a lab; then in college, I was finally able to really do that (can you believe I had to think about it?) After about 5 years of doing that, I was starting to regret that choice, but now I have a Ph.D. I can tell people that I went all the way to the end of school. Now, I am a professor, so you provide me with a living and more importantly a deeper understanding of the world around me. Thanks to you and your method, I feel like there is nothing that we can’t figure out. Anyway, thanks for everything.
You’ve been thanked many times over for enriching the soul and mind. For defining lives.
But, to me, science, you don’t just define me, you are me.
You’re the weight of my body, the sparks in my spine. The clouds in my molecules, you are the genes in my line.
You’re the screech of my expo, the smear on my plate, you’re the push of my pipette, and the Vmax of my rates.
You’re the tingle in my gut, when I see something smart, and when you show me something cool you’re the fire in my heart.
You’re my wonderlust, my ego, and my curiousness, too. I love me dearly, and so, science, baby, I love you.
Be my [valentine].
I appreciate everything you have filled my life with. While I was in elementary school, for some reason I loved math but I hated you. I couldn’t grasp the concepts you were trying to show me or the reason you even mattered. People always looked at me strange when I said Math was my favorite and you were my least.
Then I got to high school. I took everything from biology to physics to chemistry. You finally made sense. You are everywhere and affect my life in so many ways. I started seeing everything around me in a new light. Even my love for science fiction grew: Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, etc. I graduated high school with no idea what I wanted to do but make sure you and math were still in my life.
As a Freshman in college, i know what I want to be now: Chemical Engineer. Putting my love of math and my over-whelming passion for science and discovery, I feel like I am on the right path.
Thank you Science for showing me the way,
I know we didn’t get off to the best start, I know that I rarely paid attention to you early on in our relationship and when I did, it was with extreme reluctance.
But I want to say thank you.
Thank you for your patience, for waiting for me to figure out what I wanted to get out of this relationship. Even though at times it seemed like each layer of you I uncovered told me only that the previous layers were inaccurate, false pictures of you, I’m glad you stuck with me, and that I stuck with you.
My life is what it is because of you and your influence. You taught me so much about the universe and how it works. But more importantly, you taught me to not give up. You taught me that if it doesn’t work the first time, you just have to adjust the parameters and keep trying.
So thank you. Thank you for everything. Because of you, no matter what happens, I’ll never give up and always have hope.
Always yours with love,
Pauline, a chemistry undergrad
When I think of our relationship. I think of the first time we met and the word addition.
The best time of my life :)
I know sometimes it feels like I don’t understand you, and sometimes I get frustrated, and may pull away, but then you say the most amazing things and I fall for you all over again. I love what we have. Thank you for being in my life.
Near a messy desk in a dark laboratory
February 12, 2012
It has been ever such a long time since I have written you. I am not certain you will ever receive this heartfelt letter but I know that deep down you know what is true. Let these few lines be solace to you.
My lab mates and I have been on a long trudge to the promised land of PhD. I’d give you more details but neither my peers nor I have any idea where we’re going. The grub is half decent; I believe I can survive on three rations of pizza a week and one tub of Nutella. That is long as our dwindling funds hold out. My undergraduate years have prepared me well for these enduring times. I’m also worried about my friend Jimmy. I haven’t seen him in weeks and when I ask the officers in the lab they only reply that he has the comps. I can only fear the worst.
Despite these hardships science, my love stays true to you. I know that I will never full understand you and maybe that’s what keeps me coming back for more. It has been an amazing last few years since we became “serious” and I’ve been getting to know you more. Life without you would be so dull and plain.
I must close soon for fear I don’t get my grant proposal in on time. I will write again as soon as I can. Don’t get uneasy when the letters slow, I’m probably just writing a NSF proposal. Give my love to our social, political and engineering friends.
As ever your devoted graduate student S.G. Arnold
I knew it was love the first time I looked through that microscope and saw the red and white blood cells. How cool is that? Then, I learned that I could know more about that person by just looking at those cells. Like whether they were a child, if they had malaria, if they had an infection, or catching a real problem like leukemia that might be able to be treated at that point. What an amazing way to earn a living!! You taught me the joy of discovery, the pleasure of knowing that what I do makes a difference, and the sustained commitment to learn more, because you taught me that I do not know everything!
Linette Granen, lifelong laboratory scientist
Remember the day we truly met for the first time?
Well I do…
It was a sunny day in grade 5 when I got back my report card with a lovely D on it…
Man, I hated you. But my hate only fueled my passion to win you over. And then, when I thought I had mastered you as a whole, you decide to split into so many different subjects. I love how you play hard to get ;)
You have to admit we have great chemistry. You’re the proton and I’m the electron, I just can’t help being pulled to you <3 It makes sense. I mean, I have a mass, you have mass, we’re naturally attracted!
To sum it up…you give me heart palpitations and I love you for it.