What is your name, age, location?
Emily Sellman, 20, and I'm from London but I live in Maastricht
What's your background?
I love the biology and chemistry, but I study Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science's most. I'm currently in my second year of a B.Sc in the Natural Sciences. I write as well, so I often combine these interests with journalism. I also work with software like the Adobe suite as a freelance graphic designer; but at the moment I'm learning Unity, Austodesk, and Blender.
What do you inspire to be after graduating?
My main goal in life is never to be bored. Working in these industries ensures that you never will be! I love to see other people making really excellent creations from ideas that evolve from passion and curiosity; it gets you excited and inspired.
Please walk me through your day, what's it like studying in Maastricht?
At the moment I'm a student so average day involves lectures and tutorials, though we're working in Chemelot labs most days along with other scientists, researchers, and industry.
Can you see yourself in ten years doing the same thing you do now?
It's difficult to work in Science, as an industry it can be rather harsh. Especially if you're a woman; though it is an incredibly rich and diverse career.
What is the best advice you ever received?
Never be needlessly limited.
What is the most important thing you've learned in the last year?
To be in the right place at the right time; and that every experience is valuable, you just have to identify how.
And what are your plans for the future?
I hope to complete my Bachelor thesis, and then graduate. I'd love to work in scientific out-reach, or do a Masters, and maybe even create a start-up. It's difficult to plan your future because it's not always easy to know what people want or what positions are available - I just hope that I can create work that makes people proud.
If you could do one thing differently, what would it be?
I would have traveled more. I would also want to be more aware of the subtle and valuable things that happen all the time and appreciate them more.
Any advice for your local/global Geekettes?
We're only just getting started, we can show them what we've got.