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Marta på London International Youth Science Forum

Marta deltok på LIYSF 2016 og forteller her om oppholdet sitt.

(Foto: Therese Farstad) LIYSF, what an amazing experience! I had never even heard about it until I was given the opportunity to go there, but it proved to be right up my alley.

As a former UWC-student, I am used to meeting people from different cultures and conversing about our traditions and how we live back home, but it is always a treat to get to know someone new and talk about their experiences, not only about their culture but about them as a person. I met many new people and made some great friends, which I hope I will be able to keep in contact with for years to come. The forum had many social events, where participants could get to know each other in a variety of ways. Personally, I enjoyed the sports competition the most, even if our house was in last place. The staff was there with us, prepared and you could see that they were truly passionate about their work.

(Foto: Marta Ákadóttir) Additionally, the forum gave me the opportunity to talk with people who share my interests in the field of science. My project for "Unge Forskere" was in anthropology, which is a social science, however I want to work in natural science and the forum was a great platform in exploring new areas of science, which I have not yet touched upon. The lectures I found to be very interesting and in some cases eye opening. I had never really thought of becoming a full-on researcher, as I always thought that it was something only a few people could work in successfully and that I would not get as much practical work, which I love. I wanted to become a veterinarian, because I have a great appreciation for animals and animal life. I always enjoy learning about their biology and evolution. There was one lecture which really captured my attention, it was called "Making mistakes is the best thing ever". I loved that name and even though I could not read about it I chose it and man am I glad that I did. The lecturer was funny, enthusiastic and loved her work. She was a researcher and was currently working in the field of evolution. I was so excited when hearing about her ideas and experiences that I started wondering if what I actually want is to become a researcher in wildlife/evolution/environment. Currently I am still trying to find out exactly what I want to do, but I am very thankful that I was given this opportunity. To be able to go to so many lectures led by so many interesting and amazing people was a great privilege and something I will take with me, when I go further in my education.

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Marta Ákadóttir
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