Google chief Sundar Pichai on Twitter recently applauded a woman who shared her experience on the micro-blogging website with Physics. Sarafina Nance’s tweet stirred up quite a conversion on Twitter about the scary yet inspirational aspects of studying STEM.
Sarafina tweeted on Saturday, November 21, how four years ago she scored zero in her physics exam and had no motivation to continue in the field. In the same tweet, she then said how she instead decided to not quit and continue with her hard work which then paid off. Now, she is “in a top tier astrophysics PhD program” and has published two papers.
She ended the tweet with an inspirational quote saying, “STEM is hard for everyone—grades don’t mean you’re not good enough to do it.”
4 years ago I got a 0 on a quantum physics exam. i met with my professor fearing i needed to change my major & quit physics. today, i’m in a top tier astrophysics Ph.D program & published 2 papers.— Sarafina Nance (@starstrickenSF) November 20, 2019
STEM is hard for everyone—grades don’t mean you’re not good enough to do it.
Google Chief Sundar Pichai also happened to come across Sarafina’s tweet and said, “Well said and so inspiring!”
Sarafina also acknowledged the appreciation from the internet giant's Chief.
Well said and so inspiring! https://t.co/qHBwdv3fmS— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) November 21, 2019
thank you so much!!! this means the world!!— Sarafina Nance (@starstrickenSF) November 21, 2019
Soon Twitter flooded with replies and reactions to Sarafina and Sundar's tweets.
Thank you. I needed to read this today. I've been very good at learning and test taking in the past, but personal issues have really burnt me out. This is a reminder that the resulting grades don't need to define my future. Thank you for sharing. I'm sure it helps others too.— Jocelyn Petitto (@flutterbyeffect) November 21, 2019
Undergrad: failed Calc I. 38 years later... Graduated from my postgraduate program 8n astronomy "with Merit". The kicker? The program head hesitated letting me in, as they thought I couldn't handle the maths.— Eric DeBlackmere FRAS, PgD (@EDeblackmere) November 21, 2019
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