Posted by: Sophie Khatib23 NOV 2012
I never thought I was very good at science – it always posed more questions than it answered and was very complicated with lots of work to learn for exams. Since I started Uni, I realised that learning was SO much more than passing exams.
I chose pharmacy because I was obsessed with how a person could take a tiny tablet and it could change something in their body and control or cure a disease. How was this even possible? Well, that and the fact that I love talking to people!
Before my 3rd year dissertation, I sat in lectures trying to figure out what was happening, writing copious notes and trying to visualise the drugs acting in the body to help me understand the process. I still do that now, but at the same time there are hundreds of questions running through my mind. How can we make this better? How can this be adapted? How can we make this more specific? How can we change this to make it more efficient? What else can this be adapted to? All that research, parallel thinking and connecting different ideas together that I did for my dissertation has changed the way I think. My thoughts are now more focused on what is happening over and above what is in textbooks or journals i.e. where do we go from here?
Over the past 3 and a half years, pharmacy has changed me from being someone who thought science was well beyond my capabilities to someone who is starting to think like a scientist and actually enjoy researching scientific information. Why else would I be researching and writing about monoclonal antibodies at 2.30 in the morning....just for fun?
If I would have known that I could ‘get’ science and that I would end up in this position, I would have started Uni a lot earlier (I enrolled when I was 24) and would have been much more open to the idea of science at an earlier stage in my degree. Better late than never though, eh!