I’ve known I wanted to be a science writer since high school. In college, I took everything – Calculus, chemistry, physics, geology, organic chemistry, biology, astronomy. I couldn’t fit in any human physiology classes, which I highly regret. I put myself through the long hours of studying (read: sobbing into a pot of mac & cheese when I couldn’t figure out stereochemistry), the self-esteem crushing C+ grades on tests I thought I dominated, the many, many sleepless nights worrying about my future because I love science. Even if I have trouble doing science, I can still fill my life with the glee and wonder that comes with learning about oxidative phosphorylation or supernovas – I can write about it.
I started keeping a science blog with the University of Oregon Daily Emerald when I was a sophomore (which you can read some of: here), wrote many columns for the printed paper, and even wrote a few stories for the University of Oregon’s research webpage. In my sophomore year I was the first college student to win the Michael E. DeBakey Journalism award from the Foundation for Biomedical Research and ended up interning in their Washington, DC office in the summer of 2012. Now I’m a college grad and working full time at the American Geophysical Union, writing Research Spotlights for their weekly newspaper, Eos.