I read Arielle Emmett's opinion piece [The Scientist, March 18, 1991, page 11] and agree that some individuals in various fields of science are arrogant. I understand Emmett's point of view regarding the harm these individuals may do while influencing young adults' choice in educational direction. My advice to any young adult exploring career options would be to pay attention to what the professor is saying. Analyze that message in your own way. If it makes sense for you, then heed it; if not, then decrease the weight you attach to it or simply discount it.

Let me give young adults a solid reason to consider a career in science: It's fun!

If you plan appropriately, gain a solid educational foundation, and are willing to consider a broad variety of options, you may find, as I have, that you can get someone to pay you a living wage to "play"...

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