Actually, you are the first person to ask that!
The answer is kind of yes and kind of no… I always loved building things and making things work. When I was younger I always used to make things, whether it was with K’Nex or Lego or Paper mache, so as I grew up science and engineering was the way I naturally headed. Saying that though, I also took History and Drama through my A-Levels, so didn’t really know where I wanted to go!
In the end I followed a route into design and engineering – mainly because they were fun! I always found that doing projects and discovering things was much more appealing than writing essays, and I can say one thing for certain – I have never regretted it.
I’m now working on what has to be one of the most exciting projects in the world at the moment (at least I think so!), I am doing things that noone has ever done before, and it is all because of science. I didn’t always know that this was what I wanted to do, but now looking back, I would make that same choice over and over again. 😀
I always enjoyed learning about how things work and doing experiments at school – but I was more interested in designing new things that would help people than just understanding how everything worked. So I guess that’s why I became an engineer rather than a pure scientist.
I didn’t always want to be a scientist – probably because I didn’t really know what one was! I’ve always loved reading, so my first ambition was to be an author. Later on I wanted to be a vet because I love animals. I didn’t really know what I needed to do to become a vet, although I was told I’d have to get good grades at school! When I was 16 I went to an open day at an engineering company which made mining equipment – they had developed equipment where all the copper wire was replaced with fibre optic cables to reduce the chance of sparks setting off an explosion underground. When I realised that fibre optics could save lives I decided I wanted to study laser physics and optoelectronics.