Student at the University of Groningen
Go for it!
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am a physics undergrad who is specializing in particle physics.
I work as teaching assistant for Mathematical Physics, and also work as a tutor for high school & university students in topics related to Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry.
I am going to be a mentor for incoming freshmen physics students and work as a lab assistant for an introductory physics lab course.
I am also a science communicator and am currently working on a project related to under-representation. It involves research about womxn in physics, and also has a public engagement aspect focussed on underrepresentation of minoritized groups in STEM fields.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
I have always loved the night sky as a child, and loved astronomy. As I grew older, I learnt about how physics links the macroscopic to the microscopic and was incredibly curious. I wanted to study astronomy, and joined as a physics major to have my options open.
While studying and working as a research assistant, I realized that I liked the physics of astronomy, more especially stellar & galactic astrophysics and learnt the phenomena I loved were dictated by particle physics.
I found my niche and have pursued it since: astroparticle physics!
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
In the summer of 2018 when I worked as a research assistant in Geneseo, New York, I also gave a small planetarium show to local high school students. As a child I often visited science museums and planetariums, so having the honour of hosting my very own planetarium show was something I never thought was possible for me.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
I love working in STEM because there's so much I don't understand! I love how complex the universe is and how people have dedicated their lives to unraveling it little by little.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
Go for it! Don't be an obstacle in your journey by thinking that you should/can not do something. Definitely don't let other people tell you what you should/can do. If you genuinely want to do it - just do it. STEM needs you.
INSPO / FUN FACT
Nothing in science has any value to society if it is not communicated, and scientists are beginning to learn their social obligations. — Anne Roe