Don’t think you’re a scientist? Think again!

academics science
By Eva E.

What do you think of when you think of science? Who does science and what does “doing science” entail? Before I truly thought about what science was, I used to think of an old man in a lab coat mixing different liquids in flasks. Something like this:

BUT! This is only a small portion of what science is. Science is the art of asking important questions and figuring out the best way to answer those questions. If you’re anything like me, there are A LOT of interesting questions to ask. Some questions I’ve wondered are: Why is my eye color different from my brother’s? How did life begin on Earth? Why do plants need water to grow? 

If I had to take a guess, you’ve probably asked an important question before, and that makes you an incredibly valuable member of the scientific community. 

If you check at least one of these boxes, YOU ARE A SCIENTIST! 

☐ You have a question about something (ex: Why do I get goose bumps?)

☐ You have tried to answer a question (ex: I measured my wingspan and height to see if they are the same length.)

☐ You have found a creative solution to a problem (ex: If I ignore my brother when he is poking me, he will stop because it is no longer fun.)

☐ You have hypothesized about why something might be occurring (ex: I often see a firework before I hear the explosion – maybe sound travels slower than light?) 

☐ You have shared new information with others (ex: I found that the plant in my bedroom grows best when it gets watered once a week.)

Still wondering what a scientist looks like? Look in the mirror!

Comments

topicTopics
academics study skills MCAT medical school admissions SAT expository writing college admissions English MD/PhD admissions GRE GMAT LSAT chemistry strategy writing math physics ACT biology language learning test anxiety graduate admissions law school admissions MBA admissions interview prep homework help creative writing AP exams MD academic advice career advice study schedules summer activities history personal statements premed philosophy secondary applications Common Application computer science test prep organic chemistry supplements PSAT admissions coaching economics grammar ESL law statistics & probability psychology SSAT covid-19 legal studies reading comprehension 1L CARS logic games Spanish USMLE calculus dental admissions engineering parents research Latin mathematics verbal reasoning DAT excel political science French Linguistics Tutoring Approaches chinese DO MBA coursework Social Advocacy academic integrity biochemistry case coaching classics diversity statement genetics geometry kinematics medical school mental health quantitative reasoning skills IB exams ISEE MD/PhD programs PhD admissions algebra astrophysics athletics business business skills careers data science internships letters of recommendation mentorship social sciences software engineering tech industry trigonometry work and activities 2L 3L AMCAS Academic Interest Anki EMT English literature FlexMed Fourier Series Greek Italian MD vs PhD Montessori Pythagorean Theorem STEM Sentence Correction TMDSAS Zoom admissions advice algorithms amino acids analysis essay architecture argumentative writing art history artificial intelligence cantonese capacitors capital markets cell biology central limit theorem chemical engineering chromatography class participation climate change clinical experience cold emails community service constitutional law cover letters curriculum dental school distance learning enrichment european history executive function finance first generation student fun facts functions gap year harmonics health policy history of medicine history of science hybrid vehicles information sessions institutional actions integrated reasoning intern international students investing investment banking logic mandarin chinese mba mechanical engineering meiosis mitosis music music theory neurology operating systems pedagogy phrase structure rules plagiarism poetry pre-dental presentations proofs pseudocode quantum mechanics resume school selection science simple linear regression sociology software study abroad synthesis teaching technical interviews time management transfer typology units virtual interviews writing circles