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Work is not the ideal place to ponder the wonders of chemistry, but when those wonders become an obsession, you learn to make exceptions. Ever since my introduction into the world of chemistry in the tenth grade, I have been fascinated at how the entire universe is orchestrated by elements, compounds, and the inner workings of that microscopic world. So in between bagging groceries, sweeping floors, and stocking milk, my mind would wander to things such as polyatomic nomenclature, Avogadro’s number, and ionization. The curiosity that had begun in my state mandated chemistry class blossomed into a passion that helped me answer the question of what I wanted to do when I grow up. As I researched on my own and took the college credit chemistry class that my school offered, the answer to that question became clear; I wanted to be a chemical engineer.
With this answer came a new found passion and drive that no doubt has changed who I am for the better. Once I knew that I wanted to be a chemical engineer, the next logical thought was that I wanted to be the very best at this I could possibly be. It is Abraham Lincoln who said “Whatever you are, be a good one.” This is the mentality I took to my learning of the concepts I needed in order to prepare myself to be a chemical engineer major. It did not matter where I was or what I was doing, in the back of my mind I was always thinking about chemistry, trying to get a deeper understanding of my new found passion.
This is one of the reasons I became so drawn to the world of chemistry. No matter how much you know, or how talented you are, in the world of chemistry there is always room for improvement. During one of my labs in co-enrolled chemistry, we were taking a mixture of solid compounds ...

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...t is my honor to work alongside men such as this and help to make their jobs safer. My grandfather worked as hard as any man I have met, and knowing I can make men like my grandfather’s jobs a little easier makes me feel like I’m not just searching for riches like an alchemist or simply doing what I love, but that I am helping people who while they may truly need it, are much too good of men to ask for it.
Ever since my first experience with the world of ionic salts and covalent bonds, I have known it is a passion I want to continue to pursue. Everyday I strive to learn a little more about this world that goes on all around us, that makes up everything. My learning will never be done, I will always have more to overcome, another challenge to solve. To some people this may be intimidating and cause them to turn away, but it is what drives me to be the best I can be.

In this essay, the author

  • Describes how their curiosity in chemistry blossomed into a passion that helped them answer the question of what they wanted to do when they grow up.
  • Explains that they wanted to be a chemical engineer, and that abraham lincoln said, "whatever you are, be good one." this mentality prepared them to become chemical engineers.
  • Describes how they became drawn to the world of chemistry because there is always room for improvement.
  • Explains that the origin of chemistry centered around one thing: becoming rich. their mother's side of the family all worked in the petrochemical industry.
  • Opines that learning about the world of ionic salts and covalent bonds is a passion they want to pursue.
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