It’s hard to remember how I lived before being very interested in science. If you are thinking in terms of lifestyle (eating healthily, exercising regularly), it surely didn’t. I know the benefits of doing all these things, but in practice science takes so much of my time, that if anything, I do less of that than most people!
Yes, I think science really has changed my life. Science has afforded me the opportunity travel to lots of new places and make new friends.
During my time at uni I was lucky enough to go to Boston for 4 months to do some research. I also moved over to the UK from Ireland to start my PhD. I think had doing teaching or journalism instead I probably would have never left Dublin.
Speaking in terms of day to day stuff; my research means I have to be more organised if I want to have any kind of balance between work and social life stuff. It’s very easy to stay late in the lab and have that take over your life. I used to really struggle with that at the start of my PhD. Now I try be more disciplined and give myself some time to go to the gym, watch netflix and read comics too.
Science has changed the way we all live! Science is everything! Science has given us all some amazing things, such as your mobile phone, commercial flight, better treatment and/or cures to a number of diseases or disorders that were previously life threatening. For example, before antibiotics around 50% of people died from infection! All development can be linked back to advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics! This computer i’m typing this on now wouldn’t be possible without science.