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Pawlean is owned by me, Pauline. Heh – bet you wouldn’t have guessed that!

Taken by the awesome Hamdah on our EU trip, 2017.

I’m a lot of things but I’m mainly a combination of these emojis 💃🏻🌠

Now onto the more socially acceptable answer:

I’m currently a student studying a degree in Biomedical Sciences. I’m on my placement year at the moment where I intern at my university as their Communications and External Engagement Assistant.

For the last 15 years, England has been my home. I have an accent that keeps people guessing (apparently I sound Australian), but I’m from a Filipino-Spanish decent which is why I’m always searching for the sun.

People don’t believe when I say that I’m a twin and the younger one. I once tried to get my sister to go to a class and cover for me but as we aren’t identical, it didn’t work out as planned. 🤔

In my spare time, I like exciting people on the wonders of code.

Alongside my love for all things science, I grew up loving web design and development. Being completely self-taught, I’m currently Head of Website Development at Science Brainwaves. If you ever meet me in real life, I will at one point tell you that nobody needs a Computer Science degree to learn how to code or become a developer.

Women in tech is a topic close to my  💖. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been told that I can’t or shouldn’t do something because “that’s what boys do” – be it playing video games, coding or taking a science subject.  I proudly do a lot of work with Code First: Girls where my aim is to empower young women into STEM and join in the movement of debugging the gender gap!

take a lead on the organisation of the community coding courses and assist in teaching the beginners, “Introduction to web development” course. With the support of my amazing team and some rocking ladies, I successfully learnt the basics of Python and created my first web application in 2017! I still have a lot to learn when it comes to back-end code but I’m always up for the challenge. 🤓

I write about diversity in STEM a lot, you can read them all here.

Waiting for sunrise in Nice

I’ve been labelled as a robot for getting up at 5 am daily and although that would be pretty ace, I don’t run on batteries but on my dedication towards continuous self-development (who doesn’t want to be the better version of themselves?) Every morning, I spend 1 hour on myself. I meditate, write, and work out – it’s my therapy!

My 2017 goal is to be stronger mentally and physically. Some stats: since August ’16, I have lost a total of 5kg and can lift up to 50kg max (always lift heavy, gyals! 🏋🏻‍♀️) I often share my journey on social media, (mostly on Instagram and Snapchat) and of course, my blog. I like to switch up my routine when I can but my daily routine looks a bit like this.

My sister calls me over-dramatic, but then I’ll say that it helped me get in a movie once.

These days I don’t play as many games as I used to but I will forever cling to the fact that I was #1 on PvE kills on this sci-fi MMO, under the name Cindy. Yeah, that’s Cindy after Cinderella. I love Disney. 👸🏻

I like to live my life deliberately – adding value with the things I do.

…chilling at a coffee shop watching Zootopia does count towards adding value to my life.

Well, to me anyway.