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  • 7th grade in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Humanities     
  • Choose one
  • Science is really hard and intense. There's so much to remember.
  • Science
  • Science is more of a mystery now.
  • 10th Grade, Florida, USA
  • I've got this science thing down.
  • Monique grew up in Jamaica and attended school there until 10th grade. She described science as "fact-based... really hard... intense". We were given two options at age 12 - Science or Humanities.
  • Everything changed when Monique came to the United States. She described science as fun and said "I thrive on a challenge". It's less about facts and more about solving problems.
  • Lab or home?
  • "College changed everything - I hustled and published 3 papers in 4 years." Monique explained that college gave her the opportunity to do science on her own terms. She described the freedom in hard work translating into publications. "College was like my palace".
  • "Microglia are these really cool cells in your brain that scientists are JUST starting to learn more about"
  • Graduate Seminar: Contributions of Microglia to Experience Dependent Plasticity in the Brain
  • Monique describes that she can't wait for what's next. She mentioned that she still struggles with balancing the world and stress of academia with her love of the mystery of science, but she's "refocusing on the adventure of science... the reasons I chose to get my PhD in the first place"
  • Monique helped make a really cool discovery. But she talked about her microscope not working, still feeling like an outsider, having experiments fail, and staying in lab until after midnight. "It's all worth it. I helped find that microglia are essential for plasticity in the brain. I also found that lab was my home". 
  • "I was given 2 months. It took 8 just to figure out how to get the drug to work right. Add in all of the time I've had to spend presenting, reading, and writing... science is never straightforward"
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