Science Online is surely an experience my classmates and I will always remember. It was a fun, enriching experience that Iâm sure is one of the highlights of my 2010.Â Against all odds, the tangible feelings of nervousness and inadequacy from the terrifying plane to hotel bus ride melted away as we made our way through Sigma Xi.
Not exactly looking forward to a weekend of boring lectures and concepts you need a PhD to comprehend, my 14 year-old mind rebelled against Science Online. But, much to my surprise- Ms. Baker and Dr. Ward were right. Despite my obvious lack of a college diploma, I somehow understood what was going on. And seconds after the beginning of Carl Zimmerâs presentation on journalism in science (which eventually turned into a session on âduck sexâ), I realized I could do more than learn to understand science and technology- I could learn to love it, too.
Nothing can beat the rush when you realize âI get it!â and that youâre excited about science. And ever since I returned, all I want to do is get everyone else excited about science. My main goal: to remind people that science isnât all memorization and structure. Science is a way to change the world- whether itâs through blogging and video games, or journalism and duck sex jokes. All I can hope for is that Science Online will continue to grow along with an appreciation for science among students.