I remember realizing the incredible value of education, particularly in STEM, when I was in my third grade science class. My teacher was explaining complex concepts like the effect of heat on metals and liquids, and suddenly it all made sense. It was interesting that I thought, “Ok, so things expand with heat and contract with cold. All right, that explains stuff…” But what I really liked was the feeling of, “This makes sense.” At the young age of eight, I felt that I was in control and I liked it a lot!

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