At some point during our college lives, we all check off a box indicating our major. For many people, this is when they begin to box in their futures as well.
I’m here today to tell you that this box is meant to be broken.
In total, 12 long years of my life were dedicated to obtaining my PhD in chemistry, and I loved every second of it. I published over 15 pieces in international journals, and I won a couple of outstanding research achievement awards. However, like many people, I realized that my future opportunities and interests weren’t aligned with what I thought they would be when I selected my major — and that’s okay. In my field of research, nanotechnology, it takes about 20 years before any work reaches end users. I’m a little too impatient for that. I wanted to do something where I could see the value — and impact — more quickly.
Additionally, I always found myself attracted to the analytical thinking and problem-solving aspects of chemistry, but not necessarily the content. So while I might not be combining ammonium hydroxide and nitric acid on a daily basis, I use my problem-solving skills every day. In other words, my education did not go to waste.Read More