How Science and University Brought me to my Real Passion

Science was always a subject in school I felt inherently averse to. I am not naturally good at math or understanding complex models and formulas. I enjoyed writing, thinking critically, and finding new ways to creatively express myself and beliefs. At six, I drew pictures of what I wanted to be when I grew up. Ultimately, I knew I wanted to be my own boss.

This picture very clearing depicted an artist, painter, in particular, a singer and a dancer. I thought these were trades I would be ‘free’ in.  Nowhere in my creations did there exist a sign that I would grow up to be entirely fascinated with nutrition, the human body, psychology and the most absurd–neuroscience.

Today as I am in my fourth year studying Communication, Business, and Neuroscience, I have nurtured the development of fields that are heavily involved in science. More than that, these same fields allow me to be my own boss. They allow me to be both creative and calculative, and both free and dedicated to excellence.

Working as a small business owner, personal trainer, and holistic nutrition practitioner puts me in situations every day where I am responsible for being my best creative self, and best scientific self. I hold myself accountable to both intellectually enriching myself in order to deliver scientifically based guidance and to use my creativity and education of marketing and media to create content that connects with people.

I came to university with the goal to master and learn everything I needed in order to run my own business. Four years later, I feel I could have learned these tools without the degree, however, obtaining an education inspired me to study new fields. Exploring other avenues and interests planted the seeds to take my passion for exercise, nutrition, and mental health more seriously.

In my second year of university, I became a certified trainer and dove into reading everything I could on this subject. At the beginning of my third year, I searched the internet and began saving for a diploma in holistic nutrition. I found one that suited my situation and allowed me to continue studying full-time at Carleton. Now, in my fourth year, I challenged myself by taking two neuroscience courses. One focused on mental health, while the other focused on neurological disorders. As difficult the courses were at some points, (remember, I am not scientifically inclined), I thrived.

I learned so much about hormones, communication in the brain, epigenetics and the extent to which our environments affect our genes, and mental health and compassion for others. By challenging myself, and sticking to completing my degree, I uncovered subjects and interests I would have otherwise never known existed within me.

Not only will my degree allow me the ability to enrich my financial future, it has ignited the skill in me to continuously and endlessly explore my capabilities. Studying is a long, challenging process. Committing four-six years to enriching yourself can feel daunting without the fixed security of a future.

Going to work, and coming home to homework, or going to class, and then spending an evening editing a paper is not ideal. In the end, sticking to my degree, following my passion, and not being afraid of new territory led me to overcome the inherent barrier that is my scientific abilities. Science is a portion of my life that’s building my future. Who knew it was in my DNA after all.