Re: What got you into science
#my back story friends
I’ve been playing piano since I was 5. Since we didn’t have much money, and I ended up being really good at music, my parents decided it was the only way I could get into college. The only option ever presented to me was being a musician. I really loved playing when I was little, but they put a lot of pressure on me and it slowly became something I resented. Ironically, my dad was working on his PhD in chemical engineering at the time and he loved having me come help him at the lab, but there was so much pressure to become a musician that I never thought I was capable of doing anything else. I was always really good at math and I liked it a lot, but never thought I was smart enough to do STEM. I remember I’d come home in high school and do my math homework right away because it helped me relax. I didn’t want to practice, I just wanted to work out problems. I should have known then, but it took me quite a while longer to figure out where I belonged.
I went to college in my home city on a full music scholarship. By that point, I was “the piano girl” to everyone who knew me, and even though I was unhappy I thought it was too late to change. Ironically, almost all of my friends were in the STEM fields throughout my degree. When we graduated in 2011 I felt even more trapped. A year later I applied and got into grad school because I honestly didn’t know what else to do, and moved away from home to pursue a masters. Being away from everyone who’d ever known me as only a musician was wonderful. I made some physics friends who started talking to me about their research and I wanted so, so badly to understand more. I decided that I’d try a semester of grad school and if I hated it, I’d try switching to something else. Well, first day of orientation I just knew. I left halfway through and went to the school of arts and sciences the next day to see what my options were. While I was waiting to talk to a counselor I read an article in a National Geographic magazine about a company that wanted to build robots that would be sent into space to repair and modify satellites so we wouldn’t have to send up so many new ones. I honestly thought that was the coolest thing I’d ever heard. I’d originally thought of doing a physics major, but robotics captured my imagination. I switched to electrical engineering a few days later.
It’s definitely not been easy. Although a lot of my fellow students are non-traditional, I’m the only one with a music degree, which earns a lot of weird looks when I talk about it. You’d be surprised by how much my music training comes in handy (breaking things into pieces, amazing memorization ability, pattern finding, etc) but most of them don’t seem to see that. Unfortunately since there are so few classes that the majors have in common, I almost had to start over but it’s worth it. If I stay on the degree plan I’ve set I should graduate in 2017. I work 20-25 hrs a week while taking classes so I can afford to live, but hopefully I’ll get into a professor’s lab this next year so I can really concentrate on engineering. Regardless of how hard it is, I know that this is what I want because of what I’m willing to do to achieve it. I never felt this way about music. A lot of people try to encourage me to combine the two, but I can’t even bring myself to touch the piano right now, so that probably won’t happen. I appreciate the thought, but burnt out doesn’t even begin to cover how I feel about classical music.
I love engineering. Switching was the hardest, best thing I’ve ever done and it was amazing how many people were non-judgmental and supportive. I look forward to bettering the world through technology and research, and supporting the next generation of STEM women.
Today I witnessed something amazing. Almost in stark contrast to yesterday, today I saw tangible impact of lady-representation in comics.
At the bookstore I work at, we have a dedicated Adventure Time section. This family came in and those kids were SO EXCITED to see their favourite characters in comics. I talked them through each OGN and series compilation, explaining what they all were and in what order they should be read, and this little girl’s entire life was changed. You could see it on her face.
The moment I mentioned Kate Leth (and that, yes, she is a girl.) this little girl’s face lit up like Christmas morning. I don’t know if it just never occurred to her that girls can work in comics but the excitement and wonder that left the store in her was a privilege to see. I ended up selling them the Fionna & Cake’s, all the OGN’s, and an AT doodle book. She left begging her dad to help her learn how to draw Marceline comics. (And he was happy to comply!)
Kate Leth has left an everlasting impression on this little girl just by existing and working in the industry. I honestly hope to someday be able to see such an impact on someone from my own work. Ladies in comics is important. The representation on the page, and behind them, is important. Having a reflection of yourself in the content you enjoy is important. I hope that little girl grows up to be a famous comic author someday.
It was a very good day.
I love stories like this!
This is a question for everyone: So, what got you into science?
#such a badass
#really awesome combination of studies
Yay, a fun question! ;)
Well, I (dead-men-talking) am a late-blooming scientist. I was terrified of math growing up in the ’90s. But I still loved my biology books. My mom caught me watching open-heart surgery on TV at 5 years old. I played with Knex when they were new. I always wanted to know how things worked and why. Despite my average math skills (and not wanting to take advanced courses), I kicked ass in AP bio as a high school senior. However, I started college as a history major, wanting to be an archaeologist. I discovered anthropology halfway through my first year, and soon discovered physical anthropology. That’s how I have turned my love of history into a scientific endeavor. I study human biology and disease from the past by looking deep into their bones. I’ve utilized medical imaging technology and microhistomorphometry to give me a quantifiable picture of history as told through trabecular bone. I use statistics to tell me what it all means. And it’s fucking gorgeous. I am completely in love with the human skeleton, inside and out. I believe science is our greatest ally in understanding the world. I now want to pursue forensics to use science, and my all-consuming love of it, to help people in the present.
Sorry if you've already answered this, but did you go to a public or a private school?
alright let me just get this straight because the whole public/private school thing has always bothered me.
There are no private schools in Finland.
Here it is forbidden by law for any school to make profit. whether the school is raising the funds on their own or if they’re getting it from the local administrative division, they are not allowed to charge their students one cent. Basically, all kids go to a public school, all kids start on the same level regardless of their background, the child of a CEO sits in the same classroom with the child of a blue-collar.
Here’s what I love about the Finnish education system: the government has understood that offering kids equal chances in learning is - well - equality. The quality of their education, the possibility to a better life should not be dependent on the amount of money a parent can afford to put into their kid’s education.
But let’s face it, public schools offer terrible education, low-quality teachers who are not even qualified to teach, and paid a meagre wage even if they are… And public schools, of course, have the “no child left behind”-policy, that forces slower kids through the school year at an unmanageable speed, while faster kids are held back. Public schools suck. So if all schools in Finland are public, how come they even keep up with the US?
This may be the case in the US, because the US school system and its separation into public or private divisions perpetuates this inequality.
You must understand that the “public school” stigma doesn’t truly exist in many other countries outside the US. The quality of teaching in all Finnish schools is high, teachers are better paid and better educated themselves, and the government ultimately supervises all education happening in the country to make sure it is up to international standards. Since the beginning of PISA tests in 2000, USA has ranked around 20th-40th, while Finland has been one of the leading nations worldwide, often in the top three.
so I’d say we can “keep up” just fine.
Teachers in Finland are highly qualified and very well-paid, the standard of education does not vary much at all between schools and yeah, that’s why Finland is consistently ranked high in education.
Aren’t US public schools also funded through things like property taxes? So schools in more affluent neighborhoods get more money, schools in poor neighborhoods make do with less; so even in the public system there, proportion of wealth matters. It sounds like Finland just fucking funds theirs as necessary.
I remember reading that passage again when I was a freshman in highschool and just accepting that Anne was like me, because I assumed it was as blatantly clear to everyone who read it. But the one time I mentioned it in passing to my teacher, she stopped me in my tracks and 'corrected me' in front of the class, after first accusing me of 'self projecting' and slandering Anne Frank.
#if my sexually repressed self saw it when I was in hs
#yea it's pretty unambiguous
The passage in question, from The Definitive Edition of Anne’s diary:
Oh my god that suuuuucks.
Diary: Thursday, 6 January 1944 “Once when I was spending the night at Jacque’s, I could no longer restrain my curiosity about her body, which she’d always hidden from me and which I’d never seen. I asked her whether, as proof of our friendiship, we could touch each other’s breasts. Jacque refused. I also had a terrible desire to kiss her, which I did. Every time I see a female nude, such as the Venus in my art history book, I go into ecstasy. Sometimes I find them so exquisite I have to struggle to hold back my tears. If only I had a girlfriend!”
SEEMS PRETTY DAMN UNAMBIGUOUS TO ME
I’m so sorry OP’s teacher did that to her. Some people do not deserve to be educators; she was one of them.
You know, what I find interesting, is there is at least two works in the past fifteen years or so about kids killing each other, mostly isolated from any adult supervision.
What’s the classic example of that? Lord of the Flies.
When I studied that in grade eight, it was held up as this example of society, a look at what we would be like without authority. (Written by an old white British dude raise your hand if you’re surprised.)
So, lets look at Battle Royale and Hunger Games as the modern-day version of that.
What’s the key distance that time has made with these microcosms of children murdering children?
These days, it’s not being shown that we default to savage murder without authority. These works show authority forcing us into it.
I think that’s fucking fascinating.
And much more accurate.
got no problem with watching a full season of tv in one sitting but when it comes time to pick a movie im like “am i really ready to pay attention to something for two hours”
Oscar nominees Best Animated Feature 2014
Earlier today this article was brought to my attention, in which it becomes clear that some of the Academy voters have little to no respect for the animation industry. They openly admit not having watched the nominated films and/or claiming that animated films are for kids, so they didn’t vote. Even the ones shown in the article that did vote barely motivated their choice.
I find this extremely disrespectful of the animators who poured their heart and soul into making these movies, only to have their work be pushed aside without a second glance by the judges of one of the most prominent and well known film awards out there. As an aspiring animator, I am deeply insulted.
Please note that in this post I am expressing no opinion on whether Frozen should have won or not. I think it’s a wonderful film, just as all the other nominees. I am simply saying that we deserve better.
What they did is disrespectful to the creators of every single one of these films, even Frozen. By barely motivating their choice, they make it look like they voted for Frozen simply because of Disney’s status in the industry. Because it’s Disney, and it made a lot of money, so it had to be at least somewhat good. To me it seems like some of the voters just defaulted to voting for the Disney film, and nobody likes to win by default.
Don’t get me wrong, I too have been guilty of loving Disney simply because it’s Disney, but there is so much more beautiful animation out there and it deserves to be taken into consideration. And if Frozen won, it should have won because the majority of the voters thought it was the best film, not because part of the voters was too lazy to even watch the nominated films.