It’s been six years since that fateful career fair but since then you’ve been absorbed into the world of chemistry. Industrial processes, violent chemical reactions, mass-spectrometry, all of it! When you were a young teenager, you never thought that your dream was to get an advanced graduate degree specializing in Chromatography, but here you were.
You’ve been so busy, you haven’t seen your family since your cousins wedding last Spring and have barely talked to anyone outside of your research associates. Your world is filled with fever dreams of mobile state flows and color detectors further isolating yourself from society and any long lasting relationship with normal people. You made a point to drive home for Thanksgiving and you can finally catch up with not only your parents and siblings but even some of your extended family!
Your mom gives you a hug, you all sit down to snack on artichoke dip and she asks, “Tell me about school! What are you researching? Create any new drugs or alloys?” the room laughs and waits in anticipation. What do you do?
Sure, I’d love to explain my research
Oh I don’t know, it’s so complicated and specialized now, I don’t think y’all would be interested