I believe we are born curious.
Were you ever interested in science? Well, I used to love science. I distinctly remember wanting to learn more about biology, animals, and nature. Unfortunately, for me, those embers did eventually die as a middle schooler. I didn’t know any Latina scientists with my cultural background and I found it hard seeing myself as a scientist. Looking back now, I would’ve told young me to study whatever she wanted, but as a middle school girl seeking a sense of belonging and a desire to fit in, pursuing science would’ve done the opposite.
That curiosity did follow me as an undergrad when I took a course titled “Chemistry and Society” which I totally loved. It made chemistry real and accessible. Then, in graduate school I pursued my love of astronomy and read many articles on the biological sciences.
Although a career in science was not in my future, I love that I can still enjoy the beauties of science in museums and every day life. To me, science is about being curious. It is about being so curious that you will do whatever possible to understand the why and how of something. Science truly is for everyone.
I am thankful for places like the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco that ignites excitement of the world and reminds us of our childlike curiosity.
much love to you,