January 18th, 2011
Why Forensic Science?
“What do you want to do after high school?” this seems like a simple question but I can’t tell you how many of my friends couldn’t come up with an answer. I graduated from high school this past June, and I was asked that same question at least a hundred times. My answer was the same every time “I want to be a forensic scientist”. I received a lot of different responses, but the one that was the most common was; “Why forensic science?” I was tired of answering the same question so most of the time I would just respond with “It is interesting”. It has been a couple months since someone had asked me that “simple” question, but the other night at a basketball game, an old friend’s dad asked me why I wanted to go into forensic science; I gave him the same old answer. But that night when I got home I began to really think about why I wanted to be a forensic scientist.
Ever since I was a little girl I have always enjoyed solving puzzles and investigating “crimes” around the house or anywhere I was. In middle school I stumbled upon the show CSI, and fell in love with it! I think I have seen every episode of both CSI: Las Vegas and CSI: Miami. Now I know that the show is not exactly how real life works but it is the basic idea. Every part of the science in the show is fascinating to me.
In high school biology, chemistry, and math were always the easiest and most interesting subjects to me. My sophomore year I maintained 102% average in my biology class, my teacher, Mrs. Backer, was very impressed and suggested I take AP biology and her forensics class. So my junior year I took the forensics class and I was hooked! I was constantly trying to work ahead or get more out of my teacher. I wanted to know everything and do everything in that class. I had never been so into a class before, I wouldn’t miss a day in that class for anything. That class was what set my career choice in...