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Monday, February 1, 2016

Science, you’re hotter than a bunsen burner set to full power.

Originally Published: February 1, 2016
Written by: Adela Lam

We're like carbon and hydrogen, we bonded well from the moment we met back when I visited the Ontario Science Centre for the first time. I walked into the richly ornamented exhibits filled with strange shapes, loud noises, and well, you were the star of the show. Put on display everywhere, how could I not fall in love with you at first sight?

I love coffee. Or should I say CoFe2? Mixed in with a perfect blend of milk and C12H22O11, I was introduced to my new favourite alternative to H2O. You, my dear, opened a whole new world of treasures and invaluable experiences to me. You certainly frustrated me to no end, and I found you irresistible. You were and still are mysterious, full of secrets just waiting to be discovered.

You were and still are my caring, loving, mentor. For example, you taught me that a radioactive cat had 18 half lives, anything that didn't matter had no mass, and that the dullest element is bohrium. Plus, I still can't untangle your fascinating string theory.

As to every action there is a reaction equal in magnitude but opposite in direction. Therefore, I know you also love me with the same magnitude of the love that I love you with. Our love fills all four chambers of my heart, and your overwhelming beauty is imprinted on the retina of my eyes.

Though I love you as a whole, I love one third of you the most. I love biology. Apart from being the only science where multiplication and division mean the same thing, it is the science of living things. And this is where you helped me most of all.

What am I going to do? What do I need to do in order to satisfy my wants? This was a question that bugged me every waking moment of my life. I wanted to realize what life was. And through studying you, beautiful biology, I discovered it. You showed me that biology was the study of how things live and experience. Analyzing this, I deduced that life was living and experiencing, as the experiences people and creatures go through are incredibly special and living is so much more unique than anything else.

That was the moment I realized my true passion. My passion is for living, and the study of living things. By directing myself on a path towards being able to explore the behind the scenes of life; the hidden treasures of how people and creatures are able to live, I will make myself quite happy knowing that I study what I truly am. You, biology, enable me to fulfil my unique goals and achieve treasured happiness.

Well, science, you're stuck with an overly obsessed lover. Our future looks like it is going to be filled with crazy eternal memories as an infinite set.

Your nascent biologist,
Adela Lam

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