TEDx

I had an amazing experience at TEDx San Antonio, and received the awesome opportunity to present a pop up speech to an audience talking about my love of science and this blog. Plus I got many recommendations for interview you’ll be seeing here. In the meanwhile check out this summary of the event published by the Rivard Report:

TEDx San Antonio Covers Leadership, Creativity, Defining Paths

How to grow up a scientist: a To-Do list

 

  1. Receive your first sheep eyeball at age four, dissect it with plastic knives

  2. Watch nature documentaries (preferable narrated by a British dude (preferably the British dude is David Attenborough)) instead of saturday morning cartoons

  3. Have a book of pointless questions your parents can’t answer, make your parents look up the answers (throw a fit if motivation is lacking)

  4. If any species of animal is present ignore the boring humans

  5. Take any science class offered at least twice (link to classes)

  6. Refuse to wear shoes, ever

  7. Find a book about medicinal plants, decide to heal the world with them, be very disappointed when you discover none of them grow in Texas

  8. Make multiple wooden spears so you can live in the wild, feel terrible the one time you actually hit a bird (don’t worry the bird was fine)

  9. Make survival kit, wear it under your dress at the school dance  

  10. Trade all your birthday presents for donations to a wildlife organization, impress them so much you get a private tour (it was awesome) Link to Organization

And one more:

11) always be really really really excited about science

12) (also never stop at just 10)

And yes, I

The outcome of this election is shocking, and yes I still get a hole in my chest when I think of next January. And yes, I am furious that I witnessed a freshman crying because she was afraid to come out now. I am scared for those who were planning on getting married next year. And yes, I am scared I might not be able to get married in the future. And yes, I needed some time to freak the f*ck out, hug my friends, and cry a little.

However today I was reminded of something very important, and something very relevant. Perusing my school library’s shelf of “books looking for a good home.” There were battered copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul, reference books from the 60’s, and a series on American Women. I picked one up to see a painting of a suffragist on the front.

Yes, Trump’s presidency is scary. But we fought for the right for women to vote for 50 years, and in 1920 we won. In 1840 the first woman earned a college degree, and in 1823 the first black man. in 1877 the first woman graduated from medical school, at the top of her class. In 1903 Marie Curie was the first woman to earn a noble peace prize, and the only woman to have earned two. In 2004 the first gay couple were legally married.

This litany of names gives me hope. We have faced discrimination, racism, homophobia, and injustice before. But we have climbed over and above it. Trump’s presidency might set this country back, but he can not make us forget the past triumphs. And we will continue to fight for all of our rights.

Yes, I am more afraid than I have ever been before. But I still believe in hope.