a day ago
How do you balance life and science?
I try, but fail more often than I succeed. On the one hand, science is more of a lifestyle than a job. On the other hand, there are many, many things that are important to me, which lie outside the scope of science. It's difficult to combine all of them. But it's necessary.
What is most important for you in life?
To live my own philosophy. Only that way lays happiness and fulfilment.
What was your most important shaping experience/biggest achievement?
My most important shaping experience and my biggest achievement is that I have followed my own path in life and scientific career.
Why science is fun?
The thrill of the unknown. But also spending so much time with excellent intelligent and idealistic human beings that are as far removed from the population average as you can possibly get.
Any advice for future students?
Think long and hard about what you want to do in life. Choosing an alternative career is not defeat or failure, but often a path to new adventures and increased happiness. If you are one of those determined to stay in academia, no matter what: the longer you survive and stick around, the higher your chance of success! Or as Lemmy from Motörhead put it: "We're still here because we should have died a long time ago but we didn't." Be like Lemmy. Live long and prosper!
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