Tuesday, 1 February 2011

The Real Deal: Georgina Sheedy-Collier, Physics student

In this post I wanted to find out what it's really like to be a physics student. I asked Georgina Sheedy-Collier, physics student at Durham University - a self-confessed girly-girl who loves (and excels in) science. Here's her story.

What do you do & give 3 words that describe how you got there?
Physics student at Durham University: Self-motivation, dedication and enthusiasm.

What career did you think you would have when you were younger?
An actress. How things change...

What is it that makes you want to come to work each day?
Intrigue in the subject and a desire to go deeper into Physics.

What is the one thing you'd love to achieve in your research?
To stumble across something, provoking thoughts along the lines of "Hmm..that's odd.".

What is the best/worst thing about your job?
Best thing, the sense of achievement when a penny drops and you understand something, or making a breakthrough. Worst thing, how much your brain hurts sometimes trying to get to that stage!

What do you enjoy other than science?
Lots of socialising, whenever there's an excuse. I love all things girly; shopping, hair, make-up..oh and I'm sorry to say, fake tan. I love the outdoors, play netball and enjoy leisurely swimming.

What would be your ideal holiday?
Somewhere with lots of sun and delicious food!

Who or what is your greatest inspiration (science or otherwise)?
My A-Level Physics Teacher, Desmond Thompson. He taught Physics with such a zest for the subject and his enthusiasm was contagious. He would often put more emphasis on the beauty of the way Physics links together and explains anything and everything once you start to explore further, than necessarily the content of the course itself, but that naturally made the course so much more fascinating; learning things that the greatest minds had once worked towards discovering themselves. It made me realise that whilst we are learning, we are bringing ourselves closer to possibly becoming another great mind and making our own discoveries.

1 comment:

  1. "Somewhere with lots of sun and delicious food!"
    Sounds like Australia to me ;)