Final day!!! :O
Primary school in a small village in Poland; then Secondary School (GCSEs and A-levels) at St Edmund's Catholic School in Wolverhampton (England); Physics and Maths degree at Loughborough University (ongoing)
GCSEs, A-levels, and 2 years left until completing my Master's degree in Physics and Maths
Absolute Interpreting and Translating Ltd (Polish Interpreter); Faccenda Foods (Production Operative); Loughborough University (Student Ambassador)
Laser Scientist (Student)
STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council)
My connections to STFC science and technology:
I am a part of the Central Laser Facility (CLF)
Favourite thing to do in my job: Taking the laser "walkies"
Student, scientist and D&D player.
I think some people might call me a nerd… But I’m actually really cool – I mean, my Dungeons and Dragons character is totally awesome and I only read very good books! Science is just a thing I do on the side, really… Oh and I love Dr Who and Marvel.
Okaaay, maybe I am a little bit of a nerd, but there are so many wonderful things out in the world and life is too short to worry about what people might think of you. There are countless other things that I could talk about (animals, travel, cheese) but I won’t bore you with those, because it’s now your turn to ask questions! Looking forward to our chats 🙂
Lasers, experimenting and learning new things.
After 3 years of studying Physics (most people take a step back at this point) and Maths (by now they’re on the other side of the room) I took a year out to try working as a scientist (they’ve completely left now). It’s fun, I swear!
In all seriousness, my current job is quite exciting and varied – I’m working on a cutting-edge super-powerful laser, which is the size of a classroom (see photo). That involves doing all kinds of experiments with the laser in a lab as well as on computers by creating models. Recently, I even went on a conference to Prague and met some world-leading scientists – I am on my way to becoming one of them!
My Typical Day
Tea, panic, solve problems.
I do like to start my working day with a cup of tea at my desk, while I check my emails and calendar… and I hear about something that’s gone WRONG with the laser*. Solving it usually involves going down to the lab, following the laser beam to find the source of the problem… Which is difficult when your laser is infra-red – INVISIBLE to the human eye! There’s a coffee and lunch break, sometimes some meetings, but at the end of the day, one way or another we fix the problem.
In between all that, I work on my own projects, modelling systems and trying to create glass that mimics (copies) a moth’s eye to stop too much light being reflected. Each day is filled with different things, such as interesting talks on all the science that happens around me. By the time I get home, I’m excited to go back, but I still have time to watch Netflix, play Minecraft and go on walks.
*Note: things don’t go wrong every day, many days we work on improving what is already there… I just wanted to let you know that it’s okay when things go wrong, as long as you work to fix them!
What I'd do with the prize money
At Loughborough University I was the leader of a group of volunteers (Robogals) who went to schools with LEGO Robots, and spread their love for STEM to those who might not usually get the chance to learn robotics.
I would love to spend the money on expanding the project so that the future volunteers can reach more kids than ever!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Nerdy and Proud ;)
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Beginning this exciting journey!
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Having lots of QUESTIONS - once my teachers couldn't answer them, I decided to find the answers myself.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Geography - it was the most variety (and I had a really cool teacher).
What did you want to be after you left school?
Better question: what DIDN'T I want to be?! From being a vet to joining the Navy - I kept on changing my mind throughout my entire life... I sort of really liked everything so I became a physicist, because physics has links to everything!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Once... for reading Harry Potter in class ^_^
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Hmm... Maybe a science journalist, it seems fun!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
This changes a lot... I'm quite a changeable person, I guess! (at the moment it's "Halestorm")
What's your favourite food?
Pierogi - of all flavours!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Swam in an abandoned quarry in Wales.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. Do world-changing science | 2. Global warming remains below 1.5 degrees | 3. People listen to scientists!
Tell us a joke.
A photon checks into a hotel and is asked if he needs any help with his luggage. He replied: "No, I'm travelling light."