A few years later, I joined Abcam where it was an obvious choice for me to volunteer as a mentor for In2Science, a programme that empowers young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their potential in STEM. What this experience has taught me is appreciation and awareness. If a programme like this existed when I was choosing my A-levels, I believe I would not have followed the Pharmacy route. Back then, it wasn’t clear to me what a career in science was. This is something that resonates with the students I have spoken to during my time as a mentor. Last year, I remember speaking to a young girl who was torn between what she really wanted to study and what her parents wished for her. We spoke about my experience, and it was a deeply engaging conversation in which this student learnt some things about herself. It was a very rewarding experience.