• InstituteUniversity of Alberta
  • ProgramSciences
  • RegionEdmonton

I'm a full-time science student studying psychology and chemistry, and I'm inspired by innovation and learning.

I grew up in London, England and until the age of five I wanted to be an ice cream truck. After my dreams were crushed and I realized I actually could not become a truck, I jumped around on what career I wanted to pursue. In my adolescence I bounced between law and medicine, which drove me to want to attend university and start an undergraduate degree.

While working through my science degree in psychology, I discovered something peculiar: I really enjoyed my introductory chemistry classes. This was particularly odd when you consider that in high school I struggled with chemistry. In fact, I only barely passed the course. So how was it that suddenly chemistry was so intriguing to me?

The reason was because for the first time I was learning a new side of chemistry called physical chemistry.

I was fascinated by this field, and one day while I was studying I came across something that didn’t make sense. I approached my professor assuming that there must be some valid explanation that required a more advanced knowledge of chemistry. I was wrong.

I remember being in pure shock when my professor told me that researchers simply didn't have an explanation for what I was asking about. He explained that they had some ideas, but really couldn't say for certain what was going on.

For the first time in my life, a teacher told me that they didn’t know the answer – and not just that – but that nobody knew the answer. This was such a contrast from high school science where it seemed that my teachers always had answers for my questions.

This was the moment I realized that science and academia had plenty of room for growth, discovery, and innovation. From that moment on I've had my eyes set on a career in scientific research.

However, my story does not come without its fair share of struggles. I have faced barriers throughout my life including academic failure, mental health issues, and cultural divides.

But I acknowledge that success does not come without some failure; therefore, I embrace this failure in anticipation of great things to come.