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Myria’s Story 3/5

This post is part 3 of a 5 part series so be sure to check out blog posts 1 and 2 before reading this one!….Enjoy!

I have always loved chemistry. Now I am sure some of you are making a face and shaking your head in dismay, but hopefully, by the end of this blog post, I hope that you will understand why and even share my appreciation for science.

 

Chicago is where I am from…

I was raised in Chi-town America and High School, (ages 14-18) is my academic experience that shaped who I am today. For the first time, I was able to choose classes of interest. I realised that I liked science and math and excelled at both. But I also enjoyed reading and writing and the creativity that I experienced. I wanted both the creativity of humanities and the logic of science. I really thought I would not be able to find something that fits both of my interests. Then, I took a chemistry class and fell in love. Chemistry combined math, logic, and creativity. You could use math and logic to make something beautiful like a sugar crystal. I knew that chemistry was something I wanted to study at University.

As I started studying chemistry, I realized it’s part of everyday life. Cooking and baking rely heavily on the chemical reactions of chemistry. Going through my hair journey I realized hair products were based on chemistry. That’s when it clicked. I could use the science I was passionate about to fix a problem many people including myself had and that is finding good natural hair products that actually work on tighter hair textures.

I started to experiment with making my own hair care products and formulas. Looking back I really had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t fully understand the science behind all the formulations I was making. What I did know was that they made my hair grow. I knew that making hair products was something I wanted to continue to do in the future.

 

Chemical Engineering is my game…

As University approached, I was not really sure of my program of study. I knew I wanted to study chemistry but I also knew that it is quite hard to get a job with solely a chemistry degree. That is when I discovered the field of chemical engineering. When I decided to study chemical engineering I thought it would be a mixture of chemistry and math. I was very wrong. There is very little chemistry in chemical engineering which was disappointing. For those who don’t know, chemical engineering is the study of fluid flow. Meaning the math and physics of how to get fluid to flow in a certain way in the most efficient way possible. Whether that fluid is oil or a consumer product, chemical engineering works with maximizing product flow and minimizing product waste and cost.

The good news was my University allowed me to do a combined/double major with biochemistry as well. This allowed me to have some chemistry while also allowing me to learn a bit of biology as well. All of which is necessary for hair product formulation. I don’t regret studying chemical engineering as it taught me a lot of soft skills such as critical thinking and problem management that I would not have been able to learn otherwise. I do know that if I continue on to grad school I will stick to studying chemistry and all the wonderful things science has to offer.

Until next time….

Myria

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