Field: Water Management and Hydrological Sciences
Job/position: Research Assistant
How long have you been working in this field? 3 years
What kind of story would you like to share?
Please share your story here:
With a water utility internship, water research, and strong recommendations, I did not gain admittance into a Master of Science program for Water Management and Hydrological Science. I was working as a full-time researcher at said University and was still denied. This setback came as a major disappointment for me, since this was the field I decided to devote my life-long career. I remember the day because I never felt more inadequate or unjustified; it was a realization of passion for a career that made me feel complete despair.
Well, I couldn't fathom any other career and moved to the city of my university of choice, took courses in the curriculum, and subsequently excelled in research and academia. After a full semester, I spoke with the chair of the water program. A two-hour conversation proved my technical skills, heartfelt interest, and intellect, earning an automatic entrance and a research position with my department chair. I was told I was a missed opportunity, a dignified researcher, and for that, I cried. However, this setback is minor. I earned my place as a student and an academic peer but strive to be an innovator, and most importantly, a voice in my field.
What do you wish you had known earlier during your career in science?
Everything happens for a reason. Earlier in my career, I was stereotyped as a young female but let that fuel my determination. Ultimately, there are many unresolved issues and your effort can help move the world towards justice. Disappointments are only personal setbacks.
Any final comments or advice for young scientists:
As a young scientist, you hold the future in your hands. The great innovators before you paved the way but your responsibility is ten-fold. Let's execute and implement the finest ideas and contribute our own. There is always room when you bring your own chair to the table.