Welcome to my 2nd Blogiversary of Mademoiselle Scientist. After two years of blogging here is what I learned:
STEM interests generally start early: I have always been excited about all things STEM. At a very young age I knew that I wanted to become a scientist and later get my Ph.D. (This is something I’m still exploring if the right opportunity/program/time comes.) But the one thing I questioned was; how would I get there? I know we all have been there at one point of our STEM career.
Resources need to be accessible to all. There are many budding students who have this same question but some will never become scientists due to lack of resources. With the right exposure, opportunity and mentors students will have the tools needed to become scientists. I am excited to see what the next generation of scientists brings.
Mentoring is important at all levels. Mentors are people who went through though the ups and downs of a STEM career and want to pay it forward. It’s not impossible without mentors but mentors can make a huge difference. My mentors from an early age helped me to become a scientist, researcher, STEM advocate and science communicator. Through all the challenges I still wanted to pursue a STEM career because I cannot imagine myself doing something outside of STEM.
Science communication is a great tool, especially when combined with education. Further into my STEM journey I discovered my passion for STEM goes beyond research and writing. My passion extends to being an STEM educational advocate for underrepresented groups. My goal is to share resources to support the next generations of scientists. As a science communicator I hope to grow Mademoiselle Scientist into a platform that will be accessible to all who are interested in STEM careers.
Moving forward I will continue to will learn more, research, write and do more STEM advocacy work. Whether it is sharing different careers in STEM, my journey, providing resources or finding new ways to intersect science I am ready. I’m grateful for all the opportunities: past, present and future and appreciate you following Mademoiselle Scientist.
My Top Two Tips to Help You on Your STEM Career Journey:
There are many career options for people in the STEM field. Just take your pick and make it happen. Never let your fear of failure or being unsuccessful stop you from pursuing your goals.
When you take a step back two things can happen.
A. You realize you still like your current career or
When I was questioning different things in my STEM career journey it made me realize I needed to take a step back. I used this time to reflect on my goals, find new mentors and go on informational interviews.
My STEM Journey
To be continued…
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