A Letter to a Female Colleague

“It is without a doubt that your efforts will be met with success, not because those two events are following the laws of probability where an amalgamation is ultimately inevitable, but because your efforts and dedication is creating a biased attraction to that success.

The fact that you are pursuing science and having such a leadership role in it is a celebration of many achievements. A strong woman in science with your ethnical background should be praised on any level. In a society where girls are exposed to Barbie doll-like self-consciousness and the constant pressure to undertake in the frivolities of adult life, people often stop to think and remain curious about the unknown.

Granted, no one gave you the keys to success because of who you are. Your actions spoke it loudly. Science is rather emotionless, really. it does not matter whether you are beautiful or ugly, male or female. Or even if you have had your cup of coffee in the morning and you feel great about it. The fact is, no matter what emotion may come into play, the data speaks volumes.

Let the phase of readjusting not be one of confusion, because if you are always aware and never ignorant, there is no such thing. Let it be a celebration of your malleability and your scope of interest. You must follow your passion, even though interpersonal and intrapersonal pressures may force you to take a route with less risk, yet great success. There is beauty to both; having a risky path, or one that is stable. But these emotions and mentalities are mutually exclusive.

I wish you the best of luck in your current readjusting phase. But of course, wishing you luck is implying that your course of action, let alone success is somehow biased by, again, probability. So perhaps it is better to say “good skill!”

Even if you wanted to pursue a route of poetry, or something that is not, or rather “less” scientific, be confident in your ability to succeed. At the end of the day, if you believe in yourself, then all non-believers just seem that less significant.

Toast you your successes, past, present and future.”



About the Author: Kevin Kim

I have devoted my life to science and rational thinking. As a student in life's classroom, I am striving to learn something new every day. Graduate of UC Riverside, Class of 2012. Graduate Student at Keck Graduate Institute, part of the Claremont Colleges. Class of 2014 with a Masters in Bioscience. The track is pharmaceutical design and development with the ultimate goal of becoming a pharmacist who can also contribute scientifically through research. I hope that through my postings, people will no longer be crippled by stress and anxiety. Fight on! Fight Strong!

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