I’m incredibly fortunate because I can earn a living – and a pretty good one – doing what I love most. I have been interested in science for a very long time and developed a passion for chemistry in high school. I was able to participate in nanochemistry research while I was still in high school and while this experience was incredibly frustrating and often tedious, it was also one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I am currently working in another research lab on a project to develop a new treatment for epilepsy. In research, it’s far more common for plans to fail and everything to go wrong then to have successful reactions. However, I still look forward to the problem-solving aspects of the job every day and hope to continue my project for the remainder of my time as a college student. The ability to make molecules that no one has ever made before, to be the first person to uncover a piece of knowledge, is an incredibly amazing opportunity that scientific research provides more than any other field. In addition, pharmaceutical research will allow me to put those discoveries to use, improving the lives of others. I plan on pursuing a career in medicinal chemistry, where I can continue to do what I love every day and certainly earn a living doing so.