Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
I always loved science. I am from a farm in rural Ireland, and from childhood was fascinated by how plants grow and how they feed us. I attended high school in Ireland, at a time when girls were not encouraged in the sciences. I became disillusioned with the hard sciences, having taken higher level physics, biology and chemistry for my end of school exams, and decided to do a degree in archaeology. In my final year, my professor saw how passionate I was about science, especially ecology. She encouraged me to pursue a masters in environmental science. She reminded me that it was never too late, and that I was a hard worker and that was all I needed. I followed my heart, obtained my masters in environmental science, and am now doing a PhD in plant nutritional variation.