I have a confession: I love making PowerPoint presentations. When I started graduate school, I dreaded assembling figures and writing slides. My attitude changed as I prepared for a talk during my second year and realized that I was simply telling a story. I embraced the challenge of transforming microscopy images into narratives that guided the audience toward my conclusions.

My graduate work revolved around analyzing those images; that experience inspired me to become a data engineer. Though I enjoyed the technical details of the work, I missed the fulfillment of crafting stories. As an aspiring science journalist, I hope to use data to explain scientific news and concepts through a variety of media—maybe even a PowerPoint or two.