A scientist told me recently that nothing would ever convince him to leave science - it is, he claimed, the most exciting job in the world. He couldn't understand why, having completed undergraduate studies in biological sciences, I would have wanted to do anything else. When I admitted I had spent a brief spell in a lab and decided it wasn't for me - I quickly turned from research to reporting on it - it filled him with nothing but grief.
You see, since seeing my first article go into print three years ago, my childhood dream of becoming a writer has, to my astonishment, become a reality. When I embarked on my undergraduate degree in biology, I had pretty much resigned myself to a career in research. In fact, it didn’t occur to me until after my studies to use my scientific knowledge for any other purpose. Now I spend my days researching, writing and editing for magazines, websites, books and anything else that takes my fancy – being freelance, I have that privilege. Read more »