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Rawan AlSubaie

PhD candidate, University College London

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Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and try new things

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I am a doctoral student training to be a neuroscientist.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

As a kid I was a little obsessed with bill nye the science guy, a lot of my science inspiration came from tv shows and science fiction books. At university I decided to study biomedical sciences, it just sounded exciting while looking for labs to intern at, I emailed around 50 labs and a pattern emerged: neuroscience labs were my thing. (none of the 50 labs responded to my email.. The next 50 did!)

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

Being confident enough to pursue my goals

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

Everyday I get to ask interesting questions and design experiments to answer them, the process can be frustrating but so rewarding! I also get to have science-fiction type discussions with peers/professors and the learning never ends!

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and try new things

INSPO / FUN FACT

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better." Samuel Beckett