July is wrapping up, and summer is slowly coming to an end. I may have been too busy complaining about this horrible heat and humidity to everyone, but I haven’t forgotten to do the monthly Blogger Dossiers post! I asked Pauline if she’d like to be featured. Pauline is a blogger I started following a few months back. She’s a university student in England, has great aspirations, and is one of the sweetest bloggers I know. I am really glad I met her through the blogging community. Get to know Pauline better with this post, and do follow her on Twitter and Instagram!
Hi, everyone! I’m Pauline, a 20-year-old university student, studying in one of the best universities for medical and biological research in the UK. I grew up in England but am proud of my Spanish-Filipino background.
I love science, blogging, playing video games, feeding my creative needs, changing up my look every year, and trying out different restaurants. Also enjoy planning and, most recently, meditation.
Being in the blogosphere since I was 8~, my blog is a huge part of who I am and where I love sharing my growth and experiences.
Being part of the X+Y movie productions that actually aired in the cinemas is probably my favourite memory. The whole thing was so much fun and was a once in a lifetime experience (because it isn’t every day you get to shoot for a movie!). In addition, I met some great people and even spotted myself in the movie more than twice so that’s always awesome!
It’s no secret I love Disney. Rapunzel is the princess I always identify with the most, and this song is one of those that just makes me feel so motivated.
Coffee Break Conversation
Where is your favourite place in the United Kingdom and why?
London. Always London. Because I love big cities, especially since I’ve grown up in a town in the UK where there are more llamas than people. When I visited London a few months ago, I found that my busy-bee personality fitted right in! It’s also a place of amazing opportunities which I work towards every single day (where anybody can be anything!) and dang, looooove those city views!
What do you plan on doing with your Biomedical Science degree?
Inspired by my mother’s efforts as a nurse caused me to grow into this mindset of working in an industry where I can help the world become a better place. Namely through scientific and healthcare innovations, whether that be through a company or education. With the nature of my degree, flexibility is more than possible!
After a lot of research in careers I want to do related to my degree, I realised I was geared towards more client-facing environments in contrast to the typical research scientists that sprout out of BioMed. I hope to work in an industry (e.g. biopharmaceutical) that aligns with my own values of making a difference but in a more client-facing role (e.g. a science communicator). Higher education is also an industry I’m interested in and recently secured a placement in this field!
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
My friends and I were at a Japanese restaurant and a huge amount of wasabi was served with our orders. One of my friends dared me to have the wasabi all at once. Prior to this meet up, I had wasabi given to me in my geography class as part of a Japan module. Usually I’m very tolerant to hot and spicy food but once I had it, I was crying and screaming haha! I felt like my mouth was on fire. So during this meet-up in particular, I had all the wasabi at once. There’s a video of it somewhere. I remember turning red and seriously burning inside. It was a horribly funny reaction.
What is your all-time favourite video game?
It has got to be Ratchet and Clank. It was the second game I had ever received for my Playstation 2; I fell in love with it after playing it at a friend’s house. I loved the story and gameplay so much that I made sure I played the sequels — especially loved Ratchet and Clank 2: Locked and Loaded.
Countless summers involved locking myself in my room to play the games again and again. I played them so much that I know all the scenes off by heart and use quotes in everyday life. Even today! Haha :P
As a completionist gamer, I fully completed the game, unlocking all the golden weapons and secret Easter eggs — definitely very rewarding! My favourite weapon was the Morph-O ray gun that turned enemies into chicken and getting the gold version of it was probably the highlight of my childhood.
If you were granted three wishes, what are they?
1. It still surprises me how much hate there is in the world because of some who can’t seem to accept diversity and differences. I would, of course, wish for restoration of humanity and peace.
2. Secondly, I’d wish for full understanding of complicated, mysterious conditions and diseases to help move the medical systems forward!
3. And finally, I’d wish to fulfil a childhood dream of being my own Disney Princess for a day or two including the dress, the castle, and have songs coming out of my mouth naturally whenever I have an important point to make.