I’ve often found that science is resistant to considering science in a different context, preferring to focus extensively and exclusively on specific scientific disciplines. I’ve found this approach implicit within my Biological Sciences degree. As much as I love my subject, there’s been little opportunity to do modules outside the scope of life sciences.
The only modules offered are Business Studies, so an opportunity to do modules in fields such as biophysics or bioengineering, or to do topics that look at science through the lens of other fields such as history aren’t available. I think that’s a major flaw of our approach to teaching and viewing academia, as inevitably different aspects of life intersect. For example, how the politics of a society influences what science eventually gets funding.
And the innovative opportunities available to those who combine subjects such as biology and engineering are abundant.
One of the most important experiences I had at EI was broadening my perspective. It made me realise how I could apply the subject I love in a different context. Writing articles keeps me in a scientific world constantly evolving, and it’s vital that the link between the scientific and non-scientific world is maintained to keep people informed.
I had stubbornly and stupidly assumed that the only good vocation to remain linked towards biology and science was research. But now, I know not only that there are other careers to express my love for science, but that there are better careers for me to do this.