Tsiory Andrianavalona

Co-founder and program officer, NGO ExplorerHome

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Curiosity is all you need to start, and it's how all scientific process start!

What do you do?

I am first of all a scientist. I work on fossils, and to be a paleontologist for me is like fulfilling the dream of this young-13years old me. But I also love to share what makes science so attractive to the general audience, non-scientist and especially the young heneration malagasy who will become tomorrow's leaser and decision makers.

Why did you choose this field?

My favorite game to play when I was a child is to be a detective. I love looking for the details of things and searching for hidden answers. I love that feeling of wiping dust from an old book as well as that unique smell, and of course to discover what's written inside. So if I have to resume in one sentence why did I decide to be a paleontologist, I would say: resolving mysteries is very attractive to me :)

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I wish younger me would have known that life is full of closed doors but it only takes one deep breath and the courage to say: "I'll do it" that really counts.

Why do you love working in STEM?

Working in STEM for me means finding proof, evidences, checking facts in a rigurous way and getting reliable answers. And I think answers rules the universe :) Scientists are there to find reliable answers and make new exciting discoveries.

Best advice for next generation?

I would say : If you have a question in mind, just dig deeper! Curiosity is all you need to start, and it's how all scientific process start!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"Go the extra mile, it's never crowded" (for me it just means : never give up and always move forward.

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