Life of a blogger: Career.

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This is the wonderful meme over at Novel Heartbeat! I love reading about the careers of other bloggers, so today I want to show you mine.

In the past, I’ve always wanted to do something that had to do with saving other people. I don’t think I went through a ‘pop star/ballerina/movie star’ phase. When I got a microscopy kit in grade 4 (7 years old) I knew I had found my calling. I tried to grow my own fungi, I looked at bugs and I came up with my own investigation stories.

Secondary school: we started with biology, I knew for sure that it was something for me. I loved everything about the human body and I was pretty good at it. I choose for the nature & health + nature & technology combined direction. When I had to do my fourth year again, school offered me a special deal. (I pretty much suck at math, so those grades took my average down) I could go to my fifth year if I switched directions. I was very good at languages and history, but I knew that it wouldn’t make me happy. I decided to stay.

Next: The university wasn’t my calling so I went to a lower level which is called ‘HBO’ here. My study started out as ‘Higher laboratory research.’
Second year: picking a direction. You could follow ‘chemistry’ or my side ‘Medical laboratory research.’
Third year: what I’m doing at the moment. We had to pick a specialization. There are things like ‘Molecular biology’ and ‘animal experiments’, but I went with ‘Microbiology.

I love it! It’s all I ever wished for. There are different things you can do, but my dream is the medical direction. I want to end on a laboratory in a hospital, where I help to find out what someone is suffering from.

Upcoming is my minor. I was dubbing between Immunology & Infection diseases, but I went with the last one. The hospital where I want to work is specialized in Infection diseases and I've found some great masters who combine the two of them.

I sometimes post some pictures on Instagram. Recently we’ve had many parasitology practice, so we got to see different type of worms. Here I’m holding two tubes with worms. The left one is an Ascaris, the right one a Toxocara. They are both roundworms, but the first one can be found in humans and the second one in dogs/cats.
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That’s it! I love to know more about you, so what did you want to be when you grew up and what are you studying/what is your job?

66 comments

  1. This is such an amazing way to get to know you. Wow, I love this!!! I'm glad you're in a track that you enjoy :)!!

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  2. Wow that's awesome, Mel. Biology is one of my favorite branch of Science. I don't know why but it's easy for me to understand than others, particularly Chemistry.

    It's great that you know what you really wanted at such a young age. Awesome! ;)

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  3. Ooh, that is awesome Mel! One of my friends also did HLO, in Nijmegen, and she did the same specialization :) It's good that you've found something you love to do!
    Those worms look totally creepy by the way...

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    1. Haha, imagine having those in your intestines..

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  4. This is great! I love the picture too! I definitely want to particpate in this meme next time and thanks for sharing Mel :)

    Happy Reading!

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  5. I love Science and I enjoyed Microbiology. Great post, Mel. It's nice to know more about you :D
    -Dannielle

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  6. I love Biology!Well I love Electronics more,but I have a huge soft spot for Bio.This meme sounds fun,maybe I should try it out.

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  7. Wow this is all super interesting! I am NOT a science person by any means. I've just always been really bad at that...and even though I think I'd be a good nurse/doctor because I'm patient and like helping people, I'm way too squeamish to do anything in that field, haha. But I always think it's so awesome when more girls get into science/math careers, since they've always been so dominated by men in the past. What you're doing sounds so cool and it's really nice to hear how passionate you sound about your future in this field. Everybody should be able to have a job that they love.

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    1. I agree, there aren't many girls in science and we should be! We are just as good, sometimes even better, than boys :)

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  8. Very cool! That sounds like a great way to help people. My bf's university degree is in microbiology, although now he's focused more on immunology in his Master's degree. I took ecology and animal health in school, so I'm also a science person!

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    1. I love Immunology! One of my favorite topics :D

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  9. Yuck! Worms!! I remember a long time ago I heard this story about people get tapeworms out of their bodies by being hung upside down and a sugar bowl put underneath them. I believed it for years. I am so thankful for people like you who enjoy biology and medical things . I get too squeamish. Fun to learn more about the person behind the blog!

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    1. A story that is true is when there is a worm beneath the skin, they make the wound where it entered the body wet and the worm comes out :p And they must role it on a stick, every day a little more, until it's completely out of the body.

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  10. Wow, I'm definitely not one for science although both my parents are quite science-y haha. But I think it's so cool you got into it at a young age!

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  11. Oh my this is so cool Mel! I love Biology too, although I don't think I love it enough for a career. That is so crazy...(the worms) are they both worms like the stomach kind? I hope my poor cat never gets worms! I don't want to ever picture that thing inside her o_O LOL
    This was a super fun post/meme!

    -Dee @ Dee's Reads

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    1. These worms will go into your intestines yes :p

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  12. I love Biology and I'm glad you do too!! :DD It's so awesome isn't it??! It's always so exciting to discover how the world around us works :)
    I've not heard of these worms, but I do know some stuff about tapeworm. Are they related? Haha xD All the best Mel!! And I hope you have plenty of joy and excitement in discovering more about these fascinating things :) <33

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    1. Do you know that by reading Parasitology from Mira Grant? :D They are a bit different, but I'm not going completely in details. The difference is that these are roundworms and the tapeworm is a flatworm. And the way they enter the body is different, but they both want to live inside your intestines :p

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  13. I never knew this about you! I think it's so cool that you want to do something medical, I have a lot of friends that do too and it's such an admirable career aspiration, in my opinion. Proud of you Mel, keep doing what you're doing! :)
    xx

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  14. Oh my god, the one on the left came from a human?? Suddenly am very glad that I haven't eaten anything yet! Shiver.... Great post though! :-)

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    1. Haha, yep, and that isn't even the longest worm you can find :p

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  15. I am an art teacher..I wanted to be an artist or writer when I was younger. That is really cool! I honestly have no talent for the sciences so I admire those who do!

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    1. I always look up at people who are teachers. I hate talking in front of crowds, haha!

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  16. That's awesome! I've always found the sciences kind of fascinating, even though I sucked at Biology. I loved Chemistry, though!
    The roundworms are gross, but it's fascinating to see the difference between humans and animals!
    I actually forgot to include this in my own post, but for a while there I was interested in pursuing forensics!

    Thanks for sharing, Mel! <3

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  17. What a great feature, I will have to do one of these next week! I'm glad you have found your true calling. Thanks for sharing Mel!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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  18. I am also a science person but I'm more into Environmental Science. I am squeamish so the medical field didn't appeal to me. My parents were the exact opposite though because they wanted me to become a doctor or a nurse but sadly, those professions are not really for me. Aside from being squeamish, I also hate it seeing people in pain. Gaaah!

    do love the Biology Basics and Chemistry but if it's already about looking at the anatomy of a dead person and dissecting it, I don't think so. I can handle worms (not the human worms but earthworms and other animal works) since we have to study them for Environmental Toxicology.

    Lovely post, Mel! Glad that you really know what to do with your life. When I was your age, I was quite indecisive whether to take up IT or Education or ComSci or Forestry. Bahahaha.

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    1. I actually loved anatomy, although I can't handle the fact that so many animals have to die because of him. That's the reason I didn't went with animal experiments. But yeay for another science person :D!

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  19. The picture of the worms gives me goosebumps! But I love hearing about what you do and that YOU love it. I actually majored in Biomedical Engineering in my undergrad and it has a lot of similarities to your studies I'm sure. But I went into the medical device industry and kind of segued into more compliance type work. Anyway - so neat! Glad your happy :)

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    1. Great that you did something similar! I love to see other girls doing scientific work :D

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  20. This is a great idea! I love this post. Those roundworms look incredible, even if the thought of them makes me squirm a little bit. I never really knew what I wanted to do while I was growing up, but I was always sure that it would be in the scientific field. It wasn't until a few years ago that I narrowed that down to biochemistry. I never went through that pop star/ballerina/movie star phase either. Definitely not. ;) Thanks for sharing, Mel! I'm glad you're happy with the direction of your career.

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    1. Yes, the idea that such a worm is inside your body makes me a bit squirm too. Biochemistry is pretty cool too!

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  21. Aw, I love this Mel :D Sounds very interesting! Thank you for sharing. <3

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  22. Ah, you're so lucky you know what you want to do with your life ever since you were a little kid Mel!
    And those are roundworms? They look like plants or plant roots to me. (Probably because of their color.) :P

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  23. Woah your life outside blogging sounds awesome! I've never been a fan of human biology (everyone else in my classes seem to hate me for saying so haha) but I really enjoy learning about human genetics (not sure why) and plants! It's awesome to see that you're doing something that you really love! I know a lot of people who are unsure about what they want to do in the future (like me) and it's awesome that you're happy and have most of it figured out! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. It surely is. And I think we all have things we like/dislike! I hope you can find your thing too!

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  24. It's so nice to learn this about you! At one point I had thought about pursuing biology (marine)but I ended up changing my mind (my fear of water kept growing). But I wish you all the luck!

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  25. Thats such a fun post! I've seen some parasites up close as well when I was taking classes for my med tech / lab tech degree. They are so fascinating!

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  26. Awesome :D I'm doing my PhD right now and I work with a number of microbiologists that study the evolution of E. coli. I don't think I'll ever try lab work since it scares me, but I'm so fascinated by it, haha. I definitely have a part of my brain that wants to save the world, ie help people some how, haha. I love that you're finding a way to do just that :D

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  27. Oh, it's so fun seeing all my blogger friends telling about their careers and dream careers! I think it is so cool that you are studying microbiology. I'm currently taking pre-AP biology this year, and I am loving it. The vocabulary words scramble up my brain, but learning how the human body works is so interesting! And I suck at math, too, so don't feel alone >_<

    I don't know exactly what I want to be, but I know for sure that I want for my career to have something to do with the books I love so much! Helping authors publish their books... It sounds like a dream.

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    1. The human body is so fascinating :D If I wasn't so in love with biology, I think I would have done something with language/publishing!

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  28. Oh.em.gee. All I have to say is that is so FREAKING COOL! I love biology, and immunology and infectious diseases and blood... all of that fun stuff so you are SO LUCKY to be working with this all day!!

    I went to university with the intentions of being a neurosurgen. Then that changed, but I was studying neuropsycology. I want to go back and finish my degree but I'm not sure what I want to do. The problem is I have WAY too many interests, I love school and I love learning and it's really hard for me to focus on one set path. Lately I have been thinking about phlebotomy, and I might take a course in that because with my current education it's just simply a course. Blood is really interesting to me (is that weird, I don't mean it weird haha). Currently I'm working so far away from science and books (my true loves) that you would like I'd went off the deep end. I work in management at the power company. Boring. Anyhow, you probably didn't want this long of a reply to your question, haha, I'm a rambler.

    moral of the story is... I wish I could look at test tubes of worms. so envious :) I will have to follow you on instagram Mel!!

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    1. Immunology is one of my favourite things to learn about :D I don't think it sounds weird at all! Blood is a fascinating aspect of the human body. I hope you can get back on track to become something that isn't boring for you! Remember, it's never to late to become what you dream of :)

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  29. Wow, that is fascinating! I had no idea Jess was doing this feature either. :) It is sooo interesting to see what everyone else does when they're not reading and blogging. ;) Good luck in all of your scientific and medical endeavors!!!

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  30. "In the past, I’ve always wanted to do something that had to do with saving other people. I don’t think I went through a ‘pop star/ballerina/movie star’ phase. When I got a microscopy kit in grade 4 (7 years old) I knew I had found my calling. I tried to grow my own fungi, I looked at bugs and I came up with my own investigation stories." -- This is so cool. I love it when people talk about being so sure of their careers from an early age. I envy that too. When I was young, I went from saying I'd be a model to being a cook to being a lawyer to being a doctor and now to potentially being a professor. I like your way better. Trying things out and knowing you love it from day one.

    "I loved everything about the human body and I was pretty good at it. I choose for the nature & health + nature & technology combined direction." --- This is a really cool opinion to have. Nature + health + technology? SO COOL. I wish there was something like that here.

    "When I had to do my fourth year again, school offered me a special deal. (I pretty much suck at math, so those grades took my average down) I could go to my fifth year if I switched directions. I was very good at languages and history, but I knew that it wouldn’t make me happy. I decided to stay." --- Me too on math. Congrats on the special offer! Is that a scholarship? And I can see that you're good at languages. I know what you mean about them not making you happy. I also felt like I was good at humanities but didn't think any deeper study of them would make me as happy as life sciences.

    I'm slightly confused because of my ignorance - what is the difference between HBO & the university? You are taking classes, right? I feel like I've seen you tweet about tests :).

    ACK WORMS CANT LOOK WONT LOOK ACK
    (says the girl who worked on fly larvae for her thesis. but ack don't want to even picture those worms)

    But it is really cool that you're looking to investigate more deeply into the things that affect us. So with infection diseases, do you have to get even more specialized after that? Like, infection via oral means or fluids or contact or worms or will you just have classes specialized with those?

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    1. I think it's very normal to have these phases. I guess I was just lucky that I found my passion on an early age, but I'd probably end up dreaming to be a popstar like everyone else if I hadn't!

      Yes, it also means I got two diploma's, which looks smart, haha. You could also pick the other side and that is what I meant with the special deal. I had two choices: redo my year in nature or go to my fifth year with the other school profile (which was all about language, history etc) But I choose to redo my year and stay in the fourth :) They normally don't do this, but they said I was so good in the other profile that I could skip one year.

      Haha, this is where things always get difference with other countries! I am taking classes yes, and HBO is actually the same as the University but just one grade lower :) University is where you get your 'bachelor of science' and I am getting a 'bachelor of applied science' The difference is that they have more home study & I need to go to school, because I have a lot of practicum :) Which I preferred, because I like to learn & practice it right away.

      With my minor you can go into research or like what I want to do, the medical section. Most of the times it's just broad, but you can always pick a more specialized part of the infections by choosing let's say parasites :)

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  31. This is so interesting! I loved learning more about you! While I definitely don't share your passion for biology, it's so wonderful that you HAVE found your passion and that it makes you happy. That's rare, and awesome.

    All the way through high school I had no idea what I wanted with my life. I was always great at languages, but I thought that studying a language for real would be a waste of time, because what can you even do with just a language? So I went with communication, and hated it. I started English this year, and like you, I feel like I've found my place. It's so great when you feel at home like that. :)

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    1. It always looks so difficult when you have no idea what you want to do, so I'm happy you've finally found your place too :D I think I'd have done a language if I didn't love biology so much.

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  32. Thanks for linking me to this post Mel, I actually remember reading it before but looks like I never commented.

    I loved reading this! I currently work in a doctor's surgery (I completely forgot to write that in my post, but that's what's making my degree from September possible =P) so I often read about infections and things like that, and we have a lot of contact with the microbiology lab.

    Eeek! I can't even imagine one of those worms inside someone.

    I'm so glad that the course and career it will open up is exactly what you want =D

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    1. No problem! :) That's pretty cool! I wish I could have a job like that already, but it's so hard to find something.. And haha, disgusting if you think about it huh? A worm in your belly..

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