I never thought I would be chosen to participate this competition. Really. It’s still ironed in my heart, a badly burned wound that one of my lecturer said ‘Poor, very poor,’ right beside my left ear, during an organic lab practical. His voice is still echoing in my head. I was torn. I lost interest. My heart was everywhere. Maybe I should give up my course and pursue a degree in IT or join a coding boot camp, I said to myself, since I was working in digital marketing as a part-time job that time.
My heart was like a bucket of stones, every day, still, when I think of the 5 practicals every week. But better now. My sister told me to shut down my sensors if I am tortured again. It helps.
A tough time. Then, I turned to God. Every single morning, I pray for my practical of the day. Lord, please help me in my practical. Calm me down. I totally surrender to you. Please heal my heart. I trust that You have my best interest in mind. Amen.
Sometime later, my inorganic lecturer talked to us and said all of us have improved our lab skills. During a row of Eurachem practical trials, Aoife, my teammate and I were able to perform the procedure and do the calculations under a two-hour pressure. And this brought us to Our Journey to Ireland Eurachem 2016 at Athlone Institute of Technology.