November STEM Spotlight - Emily Moslinger

"Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, ask questions, and take risks."

A letter to myself - 6 years ago – Grade 12

Dear Emily,

Well, let’s start by saying that you should be proud. No. Not just proud, really proud! Proud of the young woman that you have become and all the amazing things you will soon go on to accomplish. The interest you have in your high school science classes right now will soon turn into so much more.

But do me one favor. Starting today, no matter what always remember to put yourself, your health and your happiness first. Be sure that when life gets tough that you remind yourself that sometimes it is okay not to be okay.

I know how you are feeling, I remember it just like it was yesterday. You are nervous. You’re wondering if you will get accepted into university? Will you have to move away from home? Will you be able to maintain relationships with high school friends and make new ones?

Well, let me just tell you. Everything is going to work out exactly how it is supposed to.

Be confident in yourself and what you are capable of. You don’t know yet, but you are going to be accepted to multiple universities and decide to go to Queen’s University where you will complete an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree with a Specialization in Life Science. During your undergrad, you will make lifelong friends, grow and mature in endless ways, develop a love for all things science (well maybe not chemistry), and embark on your academic career through the completion of a fourth-year thesis project.

You aren’t going to believe me, but you are going to become quite the young scientist. At the time of writing this letter, you will be a second-year Master of Science Candidate at Queen’s University.

Don’t get me wrong though, there will be many hurdles along the way. You will be tested in ways you didn’t know were possible. You will need to learn how to cope with feelings and pressure you have not felt before, and most importantly you will need to emphasize the significance of school/work-life balance. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, ask questions, and take risks. Develop efficient study habits early on, make an effort to get to know professors, and be sure to surround yourself with positive people. But remember to take breaks and do what makes YOU happy.

Not quite yet, but soon you will be given a card from someone very special when you leave for university. And from the day you receive that card, the message will stick with you.

Remind yourself:

“You are braver than you believe,

Stronger than you seem,

And smarter than you think.”

-A.A. Milne

So, just remember, you can do this. You got this! The options are endless.


Future Emily

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