The Most Amazing of Fields

Phew! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. Finding inspiration everywhere, with healthy sprinklings of courage, and dare I say, finding my voice. If you’re following this blog you might be thinking, man this girl jumps all over the place. One minute she is writing about Word of the Day, and the next she is sharing the dreams of others, and reflecting on life’s challenges. I would apologize, but that doesn’t fit with my new mantra:

Be unapologetically you!

My brain is the sort that jumps around. Gears turning, worker bees pedaling away (no idea why I just imagined tiny little people inside my head like the Keebler Elves), cranking out thoughts left and right. What am I getting at? Oh yea, Science! As a little girl I was obsessed with becoming a marine biologist. Diving into the depths of the ocean to discover new life. I read and devoured any information I could get my hands on about the ocean. In fourth grade we had to give a presentation about someone famous. Naturally I chose Jacques Cousteau.

Considering I live in Michigan becoming a marine biologist is a bit of a challenge. The arena of clean water and pollution prevention is the next best thing, which happens to be the type of work, Professional Adult Rachael, finds herself in these days.

Before my brain moves on to the Word of the Day, a little message for girls out there dreaming of a science career:

You can do it! Be brave. Raise your hand. Ask questions. When you are older you may be one of the few women in the room. Don’t let that intimidate or stop you. Kick the door down and be you. Unapologetically so!

Now I give you, the most amazing of fields, Science!

Word of the day: Science

Entered the English language in the 14th century. Science simply means ‘knowledge,’ for it comes via Old French science from Latin scientia… It early on passed via ‘knowledge gained by study’ to a ‘particular branch of study,’ but its modern connotations of technical, mathematical, or broadly ‘non-arts’ studies did not begin to emerge until the 18th century. The derivative scientist was coined in 1840 by William Whewell: ‘We need very much a name to describe a cultivator of science in general. I should incline to call him a Scientist,’ Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences 1840.

Source: Dictionary of Word Origins by John Ayto


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