Dear 16-‐year-‐old-‐me. Write a letter to yourself at age 16. What would you tell yourself? What would you make your younger self aware of?Dear Teen Me,
I know you love science and want to be an engineer. That is great. In the past year you thought you wanted to be a nurse but really don't like being a candy stripper. There is more to medical careers than cleaning bedpans, delivering flowers, cards, food trays and feeding people . BTW, the man you feed lunch to every Saturday,the one who had the stroke, really appreciates the company.
So go ahead and apply to engineering school. Stick with that even when people say you won't be successful. But "Warning - Will Robinson" you and electrical engineering courses do not get along- stick with the biology,chemistry and thermodynamics courses. You will learn about distillation and fermentation. Go more toward the fermentation. Let your senior project ( it will be about enzymes) guide you to pursue a more medical related research career. What you work on might impact your life and the life of Roberta and so many others.
Oh, make sure you take that first job with Colgate. There is a great guy who works there and you will have a really terrific life together - kids and all.
Middle Age Me
Every Day is a Blessing!