• Question: what kept you guys so focus in school.

    Asked by 492hyda23 to Avani, Jeff, Kenzi, Lindsay, Zoe on 9 May 2015.
    • Photo: K. Lindsay Hunter

      K. Lindsay Hunter answered on 9 May 2015:

      As, I mentioned in my profile, I sometimes have extra difficulty with my focus because of my ADHD. What’s helped me is choosing a broad area of focus that includes a lot of collaboration with other fields and disciplines. That means that I’m always learning, and that keeps my interest fired.

      If you choose an area of science (or really anything) for reasons other than blazing curiosity and interest, like money or prestige, somewhere along the line, you’re going to have trouble keeping focused. I love what I do and am always looking for new ways to share that interest because I can’t contain all the excitement inside me. If you feel this way about your area of study, all the long hours and sacrifices will always be worth it, and you won’t find focusing that hard at all!

    • Photo: Zoe GetmanPickering

      Zoe GetmanPickering answered on 10 May 2015:

      I was not always focused in school. If I didn’t like a class I would read under the desk, or pass notes or day dream. I was genuinely interested in my science classes, so I paid attention so I could learn more. I was lucky to have a number of fantastic teachers who made the lessons interesting and interactive.
      If you have a subject that you find really easy to focus in, and that you enjoy, find a way to get a job in that subject. Lindsay is absolutely right. I know a lot of biochemists who went into science because their parents pressured them into it, or they thought they could make a lot of money and they are miserable. If you love it, its easy to keep focused through difficult or boring work.

    • Photo: Jeff Shi

      Jeff Shi answered on 11 May 2015:

      When I was in school I studied music and literature, so things were pretty different. But what kept me going was knowing that at one point you can become THE expert in the world on something, or know exactly who those experts are personally.

    • Photo: Kenzi Clark

      Kenzi Clark answered on 16 May 2015:

      Honestly, in high school and college I think it was because I had a balanced life: ate healthy foods, spent lots of time with friends and family, and worked out regularly. I let that slip sometimes in grad school because I was so busy, and my body/mind would really start to feel terrible.