What I Want to Be When I Grow Up
Why cosmetic chemistry?
How many kids can say they knew what they wanted to be when they grew up? In hindsight, I’ve always wanted to be a scientist. In kindergarten, I was asked to paint a picture of what I wanted to be when I grew up. I came home with a portrait of myself in a triangular blue dress and nursing hat. In sixth grade, I decided that I was destined to be a veterinarian. Through high school, I became fascinated with forensic science, mainly through the television show, NCIS. I decided I would be a forensic scientist like Abby Sciuto. Even with a declared major in chemistry, I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my degree.College gave me the opportunity to explore a number of different avenues, but at the end of my 4 years, I was still captivated by chemistry. I was one step closer to graduation when I was asked what I was going to be when I grew up, but the farthest from knowing exactly what I wanted to do. In retrospect, the answer was easy; I’d known since I was five years old that I would end up in the cosmetics industry.
While I’ve always been drawn towards science, art has always been an extremely important part of my life whether through song or dance, through drawing or painting. As a little girl, I’d play on the sidewalk in the front yard with chalk; as I painted the street with my creations, I also ground my chalk into piles of pink and blue powder which I then applied to my face as eyeshadow and blush. I remember the first time I wore lipstick in kindergarten when I saw the Nutcracker at the San Francisco Ballet. It was through the world of dance that my fascination with makeup was fostered at the age of six. Dance recitals meant wearing foundation, eyeliner, mascara, blush and lipstick onstage. Dance competitions introduced me to a full face of stage-makeup complete with glitter and false eyelashes. Never in my five-year old mind did I ever dream that I could work, rather than play with, makeup as an adult as a cosmetic chemist.
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