What gets me out of bed in the morning is CHEMISTRY!! I'm an autistic adult, and the moment I learned about biochemistry and genetics in 7th grade was the moment I fell in love for the first time. Being autistic means I have the ability to hyper focus for hours on a single topic and to want to endlessly learn about a special interest (chemistry in my case). These traits push me to be a better and more dedicated scientist. I've been lucky enough to be able to work in industry and work towards a graduate degree, and I still feel like I will never know enough about chemistry!! Hopefully someday I'll become a teacher and get to share my love of chemistry with others. Until then, I'm having fun on my own learning new things!