Originally Posted: Jul 20, 2011
Last Updated: Aug 1, 2011
Regardless of where you are in your high school education, it is never too early to consider your future career. Those of you who are interested in obtaining a degree in the science field will have the opportunity to incorporate the knowledge and skills gained from your college degree to confront daily challenges and solve complex problems. Career opportunities are endless, ranging from astrophysics to chemical engineering to medical professions.
I remember telling everyone at age 9 that I wanted to be a psychologist because I wanted to figure out why my brothers were so crazy. As I progressed through elementary and middle school, the processes and functions of the brain fascinated me, which fueled my desire to pursue an education and career in psychology.
Many of you may have had the opportunity to dissect worms or make ice cream in one of your science courses. You’ve learned that science can be conducted and experimented in a variety of methods. Yet, science is more than conducting experiments, it’s about discovering new information and properly applying the new information to answer questions and solve complex problems.
I have great memories of dissecting pigs and taking a tour of the morgue at the University of Cincinnati to see the cadavers. I didn’t quite grasp all of the concepts, but I was enthusiastic about discovering new information. My passion for learning is a major reason why I decided to get a college education in the science field.
So, what exactly is science?
The proper definition of science is a controversial concept. I define science as the process of testing a hypothesis and the application of the information gained from experimentation to provide solutions or explanations. Therefore, I believe that you must first develop an understanding of science to determine if your career interests will remain in the science field or elsewhere.