ScienceSoph

Founder : Sophie Furr

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My name is Sophie and I have a twitter account called @ScienceSoph and a website https://sophiemf88.wixsite.com/sciencesoph. I talk about the struggles of being a teenage girl that is interested in STEM and why society needs to change in order to let young girls achieve their dreams and their full potential.

When I was little, I dreamt of becoming an actress. I am a drama scholar at my school and was a part of an amateur theater company since the age of 6. I took part in many productions such as Oliver Twist, The Snow Queen, Les Misérables, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. I played Baloo the bear in The Jungle Book, Thomas O’Malley (the ginger male cat) in The Aristocrats and Alice in Alice in Wonderland.

Now I still love drama but pursue my academic scholarship side. My mum is an English teacher and I have loved all literature and reading from a young age, but my passion is science. My favorite subject is chemistry and one day I hope to go into a career in a STEM subject such as engineering, medicine, biochemistry or astrophysics.

I believe that is so important that girls carry on going into STEM fields as they bring such a unique and special side to any subject. As I go to an all-girls school, many of my classmates have been brainwashed into thinking that they can’t do science or tech because “it’s hard” and isn’t a “girly subject”. That means that only one person takes physics A Level roughly every four years. Instead, most people take “girly” (in the eyes of society) subjects such as art, textiles and photography. Because my classmates have heard parents or other adults saying that girls can’t do science, they try to live up to that stereotype by insisting they are terrible at physics, therefore not trying. I want to stop this and show everyone it is about mindset, not ability.

As I am only young, I haven’t had any professional experience working in STEM, but I have had a massive eye-opening experience into the Women in STEM society on the internet. Ever since I shared my passion for why women should go into STEM and why I think girls feel like they can’t do science, I have been supported and inspired by so many amazing women in the science community! These women have truly inspired me and make me feel like persevering at my dreams is worth while because there are amazing people like them out there.I would love to study chemistry, engineering or medicine at preferably a Russel group university, as that has been my dream for a long time.

At the moment my family is struggling with money. My mum and dad are divorced, and I do not see or know him. He was supposed to pay money towards me every month (an agreement that divorced parents do over the CSA) but he is not working so we have lost that. Having lost that money, it has made a huge impact on the way my mum and I live. We can hardly afford our rent in an expensive area and after all of our bills go out, we only have £2 a month. I think it is important to raise awareness to poverty as people struggling aren’t always the one’s you’d expect. That is a reason that I love science, I can be amazing at it and it doesn’t matter how little money I have or how poor my background is. I want to break down the silence barrier and make talking about money worries an open thing so people struggling can get support which could stop awful things like depression, stress and suicide.

I define success by how happy it makes you or someone else. Does what you are doing benefit the community or someone else because that is definitely success! My personal success usually comes through academic things at school and I also felt very successful when my tweet about not having to give up femininity for science inspired a conversation of hundreds of women in science! I hope that my legacy is people remembering me for how I helped or improved their lives. Whether that is by being a doctor or doing charity work or even making people believe in themselves through writing, I hope to leave behind happiness and self-confidence.