Melonie Thomas, a newly qualified Biomedical Science graduate from Southampton University, was the youngest delegate presenting at BioScience2006. Throughout school and university, students face hefty decisions as they pick their options. Many will probably have some doubt about what to study, why they want to study it or where it will take them. Not everyone has a long-term plan, especially at the age of 17, and it's important to point out that (sometimes) this is okay. Melonie claims not to have enjoyed science at school. She didn't even know about Biochemistry when she selected her AS options of Maths, French, English Literature, Business Studies and General Studies, along with a Spanish GCSE. Not a promising choice of interviewee for The Biochemist you might think, but all will become clear… as it did to Melonie.

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