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Lauren Smith

Biomedical Science graduate at King’s College London, awaiting to start a Masters degree

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Believe in yourself and to follow your passion no matter what stands in your way!

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Currently I am involved in medical research where I am investigating the effects of brain stimulation in the treatment of epilepsy. I will soon be training to be a Physician Associate for the NHS!

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I read books by Dr Oliver Sacks at school when preparing for an interview for work experience in a lab. Both the research and medical aspects of his work inspired me to pursue neuroscience research and to apply that knowledge to a career in medicine.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

In school I was never top of the class and never believed I could study science at a top London university. Having achieved that goal, I wish my younger self didn’t waste so much time doubting herself!

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

I love working/studying in a STEM field because it feeds my curiosity about life and the universe! A career in STEM is the perfect way to continue learning even after leaving school. I wake up looking forward to the sense of awe I get when I learn about the intricacies of the human body.

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

The best advice I could give is to believe in yourself and to follow your passion no matter what stands in your way!

INSPO / FUN FACT

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” – Julia Child