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

I do a lot of things, but if I were to summarise myself with emojis, I am: 🐾💪🏼💃🏻🌠

Now onto the more socially acceptable answer…

I’m currently a final year student studying a degree in Biomedical Sciences with Employment Experience. I did a placement year with The University of Sheffield as their Communications and External Engagement Assistant which explains the snazzy part of my degree title.

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

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

Alongside my love for all things science, I grew up aligning pixels on the internet. I taught myself how to develop websites through a lot of trial and error which is how this blog actually started! 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 I aim to empower young women into STEM and join in the movement of debugging the gender gap!

take the lead in the organisation of the community coding courses and assist in teaching the beginners, “Introduction to web development” course. With the support of my 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 called 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! I started my health and well-being journey in August 2016, my fitness routine looks a bit like this, but I like to switch it up when I can! I share journey daily on Instagram Stories; stay motivated with me, let’s live our best life: healthy and happy! 💪🏼

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 aim to live life as mindfully as possible, always doing things that add value to my life.

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

Well, to me anyway.