Meet Jiya

My name is Jiya and I am a 16 year old studying A levels in Biology, Chemistry, History and Politics. I live in London, England.

I am still learning and I am still a student. I hope to offer a beginners perspective that is more relatable to students reading this blog. I am no scientist and no teacher but I am very passionate about science.

 I remind myself everyday: all scientists started off as students.

I think of science as an endless pit of research and answers. Whenever I am in my science lessons, time seems to stop and all my irrelevant social worries are left at the doors of the lab. Instead I pick up my curiosity for the world beyond us and inside us. 

I do have a passion for both science and humanities subjects which I think gives me a balanced viewpoint of the world around us. I often combine science with social issues because many scientists have to think about the implications of a new technology on society, ethically and culturally. It is also extremely relevant during COVID-19 to acknowledge the political response of world leaders and how much they have listened to the advise of pathology/virology experts. For example, I love to laugh at the incompetency of President Trump when he suggested ‘injecting bleach’ into the body. If a 16 year old were President, would America be a better place? A discussion for another time. 

My love for science only developed a few years ago. I did not enjoy my lessons at school because I was restricted to only the components of cells. I never feel like learning something until I feel it has an impact on our lives. Little did I know science impacts everyone, everyday in amazing ways. 

I began to learn about science when I began having important conversations with my father. My father is a cancer oncologist. He is an inspiration to me because I have only just realised how important he is. He saves lives. It may be a clique but he has helped hundreds of families. He taught me that cancer doesn’t just take a life, it ruins a stable income, it emotionally drains everyone involved. Without him I would not understand the importance of science. I would not believe in the revolutionary knowledge discovered by people like you and me. 

Developing my love of science was difficult.

I did not have resources to turn to like GlamSci, which makes science less of a chore and more of a hobby. I am thankful that Amy King created GlamSci for aspiring scientists so that more people can join the intellectually curious community of science. 

When I am not expanding my scientific encyclopaedia, I watch films, play badminton, cycle or read. Whilst doing these things I often think about how science impacted these things. When exercising I feel the oxygen in my red blood cells being pumped around my veins and arteries by my heart. When I watch films, I feel my pupils dilating and contracting to adjust to the light changes. When I read I feel the ink on the page and wonder the chemical composition of ink. Science surrounds us, so it’s difficult to block it out.

My favourite books are The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Outsider by Albert Camus and Superior by Angela Saini. I strongly recommend Superior because it provides a clear explanation of the science behind racism (through eugenics in history). A more Anthropological approach.

My journey has only begun so I hope to help you on your journey of life; whether you are a future scientist, curious reader or aspiring doctor.

Remember that: 

“The important thing is to never stop questioning” Albert Einstein

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