This was one of the essays I wrote for a college application. During the application process, I was asked to answer a prompt: How do you think you will be challenged in the STEM field?
I find myself constantly challenged when it comes to being labeled as someone who’s against science. If you really knew me, you would know that that does not describe me at all.
As I grew up watching my brother regress from being a typical child to losing skills and now being completely dependent on my family. My outlook on what we were told to believe, that the greater good always outweighs individualized patient care, had obviously changed the sicker my brother got. While my belief does not correspond with the beliefs of society, it is what I know to be true. Over the years, I’ve had to defend my views, including the fact that my brother’s childhood vaccines affected his development. I was able to do that in several classes and even had the opportunity to present them in a project at the national level. I may not have changed anyone’s mind, but if there is anything that I have learned about my brother’s experience, it’s that I should speak up when given the chance.
While there is still much to discover in the STEM fields, to include why some people are more affected by pharmaceuticals and their known side effects than others, we must never assume that the science is settled. How can it be? Scientists strive daily to know more about natural phenomenon and how it relates to the world. I am fascinated by that and am excited to continue to pursue my love for science and learning at the next level.
Fiona was accepted into several schools and was offered a spot in two university’s Honors Programs. She plans on pursing a Biology major and will follow a pre-Med track.