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Our Women in Science Ambassadors shares their experiences as a Loughborough University Chemistry student in her first blog post for us.

Loughborough University does a great job in keeping our minds busy with all the different events

Hi everyone! My name is Simona and I have been nominated as Women in Science Ambassador for Loughborough University’s School of Science. I started this new journey of my life this year, after choosing to study Natural Science at Loughborough University.

It is my first time moving out of home and, as with many others, I also felt overwhelmed when I was thrown into this new world. Moving out of home was both scary and exciting. My biggest challenge was to find the will to get out of the comfortable bubble that I have created over the years with my family, where everything and everybody was known. I find it rather odd that one needs to face challenges and leave their personal comfort zone in order to grow and at the same time our natural animal instinct makes us want to never leave our safe place to avoid danger. It is also true that human nature is made of many contrapositions.

I still remember how I felt when I boarded the train to get to Loughborough. I was not nervous, I was quite enthusiastic for this new start. I remember creating various scenarios in my mind about how my life at university would be and looking around to see if there might have been other students of Loughborough like me. By the time I was finally alone in my new room, the silence created by the absence of my family, made me feel like I wanted to run back home. My overall mood had turned upside down just like the weather here, which I have learned not to trust after getting soaked by the rain during my induction day. Later, I found out that many students felt like me and this reassured me. It is normal to feel nostalgic from time to time, luckily on our side we have technology to help us reach our family at any time. At the same time Loughborough University does a great job in keeping our minds busy with all the different events.

I choose Natural Sciences because it allowed me to follow my passion for Chemistry and while retaining my love-hate relationship with Mathematics. If I have left behind Mathematics, I would have felt quite nostalgic. It is like with siblings, you find them annoying, they might be the cause of headache, they might poison you while trying to come up with new recipes, but you cannot abandon them. I cannot pin point the time or the day when my passion for Chemistry has begun. I have been very lucky to have had fantastic teachers for Chemistry throughout my academic journey and this has played a big role in driving me towards Chemistry.

About Simona

"My name is Simona Mohammad and I am the second Women in Science Ambassador. My nationality is Italian and my ethnicity is Bengali. I have lived my whole life in Italy and just moved in England few years ago. I have come to Loughborough to study Natural Sciences. As the Women in Science Ambassador I hope to involve more women into choosing STEM pathways and contributes into enriching more the diversity in Loughborough"

Simona was selected to be a School of Science Women in Science Ambassador on the strength of her academic results, supporting statement and performance at interview. Over the coming year she will be blogging for us, as well as fulfilling her role representing women in science on our School social media channels, open days and other events. Simona is interested in engaging with current students and prospective students who have any questions and concerns about being a female student in STEM at university. If you would like to ask her a question, please email her.  The best questions may form the basis of future blog posts, but they will be anonymised and we will seek permission first.