Question: are you all smart

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  1. We’ve all studied a lot


  2. I assume you are asking about if we have good marks/clever. My grades through school wasn’t something for my parents to get excited about. My final year 12 grades was 2 As, 2 Bs and 2 Cs. It was enough to get me to university. My chemistry marks at university themselves was (reported per semester, 3 years, out of 100) 60/60, 64/60, 80/86. It took me all the way from high school and 2 years of university to finally understand chemistry. You don’t have to be clever to be a scientist.

    With other definitions of ‘smart’
    keen: shrewd and calculating in business and other dealings – yes, you need to be keen to discover as a scientist
    witty and amusing: amusingly clever and possessing a quick wit – sometimes (my wife says I am not)
    insolent: disrespectful or impertinent – I try not to be. As scientists we respect each other’s work and opinions.
    well-groomed/fashionable: having a neat and well-cared-for appearance – I am the typical stereotype not well dressed scientist.


  3. You don’t have to be smart, but as Kate says study a lot. Science demands perseverance – it is a long, fun battle against the unknown.


  4. I think it’s a matter of being good at what you do, whether through hard work (me), brilliance (most other scientists) or talent. I like science and I like studying so for me I take the time to read a lot and ask lots of questions.


  5. As the others have said, you don’t need to be super-smart to be a scientist. It is more important to work hard and have the ability to think critically. If you are interested in becoming a scientist, you can!