Question: When you were at school, what subjects did you find most valuable regarding what you are doing now? like working with diseases, enzymes etc......

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  1. Dear Oosty; I guess the school means junior and senior high schools; almost all subjects.
    In my country(Korea), we had to take entrance exam to go to higher schools every time. Getting into college is very competitive always and everywhere.

    However, in college chemistry and biology are the two most valuable subjects regarding my current career. If I add one more, it is English I had to be good. Without English as the tool for communication with the world, I couldn’t be what I am now, in this Science project answering your questions.


  2. Surprisingly, English probably helped me more than most other subjects. Sure, biology, chemistry and physics gave me a firm grounding for what I’m doing now, but we actually re-learnt a lot of that stuff at university. However, the skills that I learnt in English, like how to write good essays, different types of language, and complex grammar, have really helped me during uni and now my science career. Yes we do lots of experiments, but when we have our results, and have figured out what they mean, we have to be able to communicate about what we have found, and English was really important for that.

    Every subject I did in high school has helped me though. My Economics teacher taught us new ways of thinking, how to look at things from lots of different angles. While I was rather bad at math, it taught me how to do lots of the statistics I use today. Legal Studies helped me learn how to find out about laws, and how to interpret legal documents, which can be very important when you are working with chemicals, drugs and animals. Physical Education taught me about muscles and nutrition.Even art, which helped me learn to think outside the box a lot more, and stimulated creative solutions to problems!

    You’d be surprised, but a lot of the subjects you do at high school can have unexpected benefits later on in life šŸ™‚


  3. Definitely biology and chemistry. But I learned most of what I now know and use at uni. But to understand what they teach you at uni, you need to understand the basics of chem and biology. I also use a lot of maths at work, lots of statistics and calculations from molar to grams and the other way around.


  4. I’m a little bit odd in this regard; even though I’m a biologist now, I never planned on being one during school, so I never took any biology! I always planned to be a computer programmer, so I focused on math, computers, physics, and chemistry. Everything I’ve learned about biology, I had to pick up during my graduate career. Also, Vanessa’s right that English is also a great help, because far too many scientists are actually terrible at writing!

    If you take any lesson from *my* experience, it would be to keep your mind open and take as many classes as you can. Life turns out in unpredictable ways, and you’ll never know when the path you take will change!



  1. Thank you so much for all of you input. At the moment i am at the stage where we have to make those decisions regarding what we want to do, especially if we wan tot take up a VCE subject. Fortunately i quite like english, so i am glad it helps, and isn’t a waste of a subject! But as Steven pointed out (thank you), i guess you don’t need to do all the subjects now. Thank you again and goodl luck!