It’s getting quite autumnal here in Newcastle, the trees are turning bright shades of crimson and orange and leaves are crunching beneath my feet. It’s my favourite time of year as I find I’m very reflective which is why I’m going to share with you some words of inspiration today.
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of wanting to do a degree that guarantees you tons of money and a job afterwards. Taking the easy option may seem like the best way but truly pursuing your passions will probably make you lead a more fulfilled life.
I know it is so cliché to say “Since I was a kid I knew I always wanted to be a …” but I feel like a lot of my inspiration comes from what I really enjoyed as a child. Obviously I never knew that I wanted to be a zoologist as a child but I’ve always had a love for animals and the natural world. I really wanted to be a vet as a child but quickly realised I wasn’t really interested in the medical side of animals.
It was at secondary school when I really discovered that I had a talent and appreciation of science. I was never that great at Humanities or English subjects but I always seemed to excel when it came to science. In the beginning my love for science just came from wanting to do crazy experiments but later on it turned into a much more deep rooted fascination and appreciation of the world around me and I wanted to find out more.
Unfortunately when it came to choosing my options for Sixth Form, I still didn’t know what I wanted to do. I picked broad but mainly science-based subjects to give myself a bit of a safety net. I thought I wanted to go into computing which was the other subject I was quite good at but that idea quickly faded when I started to enjoy my Biology A-Level the most.
Once I realised that I really loved my biology A-Level it kind of clicked for me that I could pursue that but in the field I am truly interested in – the study of animals! I have never been happier to make a choice than when I put Zoology down as the course on my UCAS application.
I am so fortunate that I live right next to Leazes park in Newcastle as I get to walk through a beautiful green space every single day. The walk to University really inspires me as it is different every day, especially with the changing of the seasons. It varies from an eerie fog, to a beautiful sunny day, to a day where the autumn colours are at their brightest! I am also inspired by the work of the lecturers at the University, especially when we meet in small tutorial groups as it gives me an insight into the work I can go into after my degree which gives me a lot of motivation to work hard!
In a way I believe it was fate that led me to this degree as I feel I’ve come in a full circle in my life. I am now here in Newcastle doing what I love and I just hope that it gives me all the opportunities to pursue my dreams. I’m still not sure exactly what I want to do yet, I love the idea of wildlife management and conservation but we will just see what the future holds!