|I am kind of interested in science, but also
interested in people. What made you decide to be
|Question Date: 1997-11-07|
I am a geologist who studies rocks and how
mountains form. I'll answer your question about
why I decided to become a scientist. When it
comes right down to it, I love to know why things
happen. Even when I was in kindergarden I was
always demanding to know why this and why that.
As a geologist I get to answer questions like
"Why are there mountains here?" and "Why is the
layering in this rock tilted?" Finding the answers
to these questions is a lot of fun.
you like to ask a lot of "why" questions too, then
you might want to become a scientist, but if you
are more interested in asking questions about
people, then maybe geology is not the science for
you. Can you think of any type of study in which
you might ask why people do this and why people do
I used to drive my mother crazy constantly asking
why things happened.When I realized science
provided a lot of the answers to the why
questions, I was hooked. To me, science is,
observing a particular event, wondering about what
it is or why it is, designing an experiment to
determine an answer, conducting the experiment and
then (sometimes) knowing the answer, or at least
part of that answer. Also, all my life, I have
loved watching nature shows on tv. At the beach,
I wouldn't play in the waves, I would look for
animals to watch and play with. Then, when I got
to school, all the science subjects were my
favorite and I did best in these subjects. It
just seemed the logical choice. I liked science
and was good at it.
I like to understand how things work and
As a scientist I work with other people to
learn about how and why things work.
science and I love people.
I became a
scientist because I love science.
I am human
being because I love people.
I dont know how old you are but when I was in
elementary school about 35 years ago in
Pennsylvania (what is the capital of Pa ???) I did
not like school very much...I found it rather
boring and I thought the teachers were mean. In
those days, the teachers were not as cool as the
ones you kids have now. Anyway, even though I
didnt like school, I was always fascinated by the
things I saw in NATURE. I used to look at the
stars at night and I wanted to know how far away
they were, and I often thought about what it would
be like to tracvel to different stars. Then when I
was in the 4th grade my dad bought me a telescope.
I remember the first COLD night in December on the
night of CHRISTMAS day, when I took my telescope
outside and looked at the MOON. I COULD NOT
BELIEVE HOW COOL IT WAS. I COULD SEE CRATERS AND
MOUNTAINS AND DARK AREAS THAT I KNEW FROM THE
BOOKS I READ WERE GIANT FROZEN LAVA FLOWS!!!!!!.
After that, I started reading everything I could
about SCIENCE because after I read things I could
check them out to make sure that the people who
wrote the books were saying the truth. WhaI mean
is that in SCIENCE you can check things out on
your own and not have to take someones word for
So I guess I can say that the thing
that brought me into science was CURIOSITY about
the world we see ( rocks,volcanoes, life in the
oceans , the planets and stars, how rockets work,
what makes gasoline explode, how electricity
works, etc) and the fact that in science, you can
always do an experiment yourself to check out
someones theory about things. This means you do
not have to believe anyone just because they told
you something; you can use your own mind, design
an experiment or make a calculation and test the
validity of the theory.
I hope this answers
your question. You will find many different
answers so dont take my word for it. DO AN
EXPERIMENT: ASK 10 SCIENTISTS AT UCSB WHAT YOU
ASKED ME. THEN TAKE ALL THEIR ANSWERS AND PUT THEM
INTO A REPORT. THEN WRITE ONE PAGE SUMMARIZING
WHAT YOU FOUND.
ARE THERE CERTAIN THINGS
THAT MORE THAN ONE PERSON SAYS??(LIKE: BECAUSE I
AM CURIOUS??) OR BECAUSE I AM FASCINATED BY NATURE
??? DO SOME PEOPLE SAY: BECAUSE I CAN MAKE A LOT
THIS IS THE SCIENTIFIC WAY TO
EXPLORE YOUR CURIOSITY ABOUT WHY PEOPLE STUDY
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