Making friends did not come naturally to me as a kid, something I attributed that to looking different than everyone else. In truth it was likely just kids being kids, but as a young and sensitive child I really tried to shy away from anything that made me fundamentally different from others. But, I think facing these rejections made me into the person I am today: someone that is finally comfortable embracing the absurdity – and the stereotype.
Science books eventually turned into science classes, which turned into biology laboratories, which is where my love of science truly began. Being able to actually see the topics we discussed in front of me was truly eye-opening, in more ways than one. Once I arrived to Western University, positively giddy to start dissecting frogs, the reality of lab work hit me. The regimented routine, strict dress code, and lack of room for creativity really stifled my enjoyment of learning. After changing around my major a few times, I confidently settled in pursuing an Honours Specialization in Biology, with focused interest in environmental biology.