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Fri Oct 21, 2005 7:01 pm

I'm very interested in doing scientific research when I'm older but there are some problems with this, for example the fact that I can't do experiments accurately without help. Hopefully I will find some way round this or find an alternative career that involves science and problem solving but without requiring lots of experiments to be carried out or better yet do research and get someone else to do the experiments for me.

When I was younger I wanted to become a doctor but then I discovered you have to spend at least 6 months doing surgery to qualify which made me decide that this was not really possible.

Fri Oct 21, 2005 7:21 pm

In most professional labs, a large amount of the experimental work is done by machines.

Fri Oct 21, 2005 8:12 pm

Jenny, have you considered biomedical sciences? As Esther says, a lot of the work is done by machines. Biomedical science courses do not qualify you to become a doctor, but you could be a lab researcher. And you don't have to operate on people, which is a plus.

A few months from now I'm going on a retreat to a Carmelite convent at Quiddenham, Norfolk, to see if I'm suited to the nun thing. When I tentatively mention to people that I might like to be a nun (and I don't talk about this much) they usually gasp, "What a waste of talent," or something along those lines. I'm not sure whether God would want me to sacrifice writing, literary study, and all the other good things he's blessed me with in order to live in a cloister...but as an RC, I don't think you can fight a call. There are many different kinds of nuns, after all; I'll shop around!

Sat Oct 22, 2005 4:34 pm

Best of luck, Vicky.

Sat Oct 22, 2005 8:23 pm

Ultimately, I would like to be a researcher in biochemistry and specialising in genetics.
Failing that I am an avid writer and would like to do thought provoking newspaper, magazine and radio articles.
Failing that, I have a degree in computing.
Failing THAT, ill become a starving/tortured artist!

Btw, have i mentioned how much i LOVE rock?
If Craig Nicholls, who has aspergers syndrome, can be the frontman of a well known indie band called The Vines, then im sure as hell that i can be the dyspraxic frontwoman of an emo band. ^_^

Sat Oct 22, 2005 8:40 pm

Good luck with your many plans, C!

Sat Oct 22, 2005 9:36 pm

Thirteen-thirty-seven wrote:Good luck with your many plans, C!

Im a lil obsessive and undecided... I want a hand in everything!

Sat Oct 22, 2005 9:43 pm

Like me. :D Are you still planning to apply to Cambridge? I want to meet some of you! * grumbles * Then we could have dyspraxic coffee parties. Such fun.

By the way, Esther...it is possible to study Latin and Spanish at Cambridge. (I hope that is your proposed course of study and my brain hasn't been concocting things again.) I was talking to someone who is doing Greek and French over dinner, and apparently you are allowed to combine any two languages. Come over here fast and keep me company next year!

Sun Oct 23, 2005 5:40 am

Correction: Nicholas Sparks and his brother owned a Pharmacuetical company. I just said medical supply company.

Sun Oct 23, 2005 7:52 pm

I'll look into it.

Fri Oct 28, 2005 10:09 am

I want to go into politics and writing, starting my career with journalism...

I have to get into Cambridge, there is no other university I even consider as an option, i want to study Politics Sociology and keep on with my French, I have ambitions...

Fri Oct 28, 2005 11:06 am

Which college do you want to come to?

Not to be too biased or anything, but Selwyn really is beautiful. When I applied I considered Selywn, Trinity Hall, Robinson (but not for long - that was the disability advisor's suggestion! It's an ugly building), Pembroke, Emmanuel, Peterhouse, Clare and Caius. In the end I narrowed it down to Selwyn and Trinity Hall. It was an agonising choice, but I think I made a good decision when I opted for Selwyn.

Your college is not meant to matter terribly - after all, it's all Cambridge - but my dyspraxia meant that I had to be more particular than most. I needed my college to be close to the English Faculty so I wouldn't get lost on my way to lectures, small in size so I wouldn't feel too lost in big crowds of people whose faces I never remember, and in a quiet location. Selwyn answers to all of those. I also wanted it to be pretty and historical. While Trinity Hall is one of the oldest colleges in Cambridge, Selwyn hasn't even had its two hundredth birthday yet. That's the only disadvantage.

But it's still beautiful. :D

P.S. I don't recommend Pembroke - they keep three cats.

Fri Oct 28, 2005 11:57 am

Thanks for the advice, im only in year 10 at school though so i havent really researched colleges. Selwyn sounds nice but im keeping an open mind because i have a while yet before i need to know. good disability access is essential for me

Fri Oct 28, 2005 1:39 pm

I am working at a special school and is is working with kids with moderate disabilities and this is something that i want to do. there is a couple kids with down syndrome, a couple kids with autism, most of the kids have speech problems,and other things but i am still learning more about them.
this is a k-3 class and It is 7-10 years old, and they are well behaved. I know of one girl that does sign language and she communicates through sign language and i was signing letters to her and she was signing them back to me. That was so cool. It is fun being there. I am volunteering there right now and i do that every wednesday at 8:00 - 11:00 am.
My job coach is there with me.

Fri Oct 28, 2005 2:55 pm

It's great to hear about your success, carebear. I'm sure you're very good at what you do, as you have such a kind and sympathetic personality.

Miranda, it all comes round sooner than you think. It only feels like ten seconds ago since I was taking my GCSEs, when in reality it is two and a half years. Sometimes I wish myself back in time, as everything here is so new and unpredictable. But exciting too.
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