In love with Science

“Do you love Science?” This question was asked by a lecturer in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABS). People tend to think of Science as the subjects of Chemistry, Physics, and Biology, but what about Computer Science or Pharmacology? Do they count as Science? Well of course!

The lecturer also said that if you love Science, you can do well with it. It may take a couple of weeks to wrap your head around that difficult concept, but you’ll get there! BABS subjects can look daunting: Cell Biology, Human Biochemistry, and Biotechnology. This is because we are trying to link together several different concepts. If you are studying Medical Physics, you need a background in Cancer, Cell Biology, and Radiopharmaceuticals.

So how do you have the energy to get up in the morning to attend your 4-hour long lab, followed by 6 hours of lectures and 5 hours of assignments each day? Love. Love is the greatest motivation. Love normally refers to a relationship between people. Love is that feeling that you can’t really describe, and you can only know what love is by falling into it.

This applies to science as well! A love with the subject needs to be created. One step can be connecting with your subjects, maybe by reading books or journals. At the same time, an improvement of communicating to others, such as by writing reports, letters to the editor, and journal papers. Finally, at the end of the day, you will have a deep connection, relationship, and love for science.

It’s not all sunshine and rose-tinted glasses though. Your heart will be broken. It could be when your 6-hour experiment fails, or even when you leave your beloved subject. But it isn’t the end of the relationship, it is another step on the lifelong journey of loving Science.

By Steven Chow