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

I always find it hard to introduce myself but it’s easier with emojis: 👋🏼🐾💪🏼💃🏻🌠👩🏻‍💻👩🏻‍🔬🧘🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️📝📸🎤☀🇵🇭🇪🇸🇬🇧

A more socially acceptable answer would be…

Pauline P. Narvas

⚡ Hi, I’m Pauline!

I recently completed my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences with Employment Experience. I did a placement year at The University of Sheffield as their Communications and External Engagement Assistant which explains the snazzy part of my degree title.

Do I look familiar?

You might have seen me listed as one of Code First: Girl’s “Top 30 Under 25 Ones to Watch” female leaders, The Tab’s Future 100 5th most influential female student in the UK, on the NorthernPowerWomen’s Future List, as one of the NUEA Finalist or as the NUS Green Impact Environmental Hero 2016/17. “Ahhh”, I hear you say! 😆

For the last 16 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.

I’m also a twin – the younger one by 15 minutes. 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 likes to describe me as over-the-top and dramatic, but I always point out that it helped me get in a movie once.

Back in the day, I used to spend every minute of my spare time gaming but these days not so much. At one point, in a sci-fi MMO, I held onto a #1 spot on the PvE kills leaderboards under the name Cindy.

Yup, that’s Cindy as in Cinderella. I love Disney too much. Have you ever wanted to have a Disney soundtrack playing at key moments in your life? Yeah, I do that a lot. What can I say except… You’re welcommmeeeee. 👸🏻

💫 Get to know me in a minute

🔬 Alongside my love for science…

I grew up aligning pixels on the internet.

I taught myself how to develop websites through trial and error which is how this blog actually started!

STEM education, inclusion and diversity is a topic close to my heart, I write a lot about it on my blog. 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 have proudly done a lot of work with Code First: Girls where I have helped debug the gender gap by empowering young women into technology and entrepreneurship by teaching them how to code for free. 2 years of my university life was centered around building an inclusive community (alas #shefcodefirst community was born) – going beyond just coding courses!

In 2017, I dipped my feet into the hackathon community scene and in 6 months, helped organise a medical-focused hackathon which welcomed in 50+ students from across the world – all from a variety of different backgrounds.

Eager to spread the word on all these wonderful communities to get more people involved – especially women, people of colour and other socially excluded individuals – in 2017, I started speaking publicly at events to help inspire others to reach for the stars in STEM and beyond. I’ve also given talks on my online presence, personal brand and self-development.

💖 “There is always something to improve in the world, and that is yourself.”

I’ve been called a robot daily for getting up whilst the rest of the world is still asleep, 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 my journey and #pawsitivity daily on Instagram Stories. ✨

After discovering mindfulness and meditation, I aim to live life as mindfully as possible, always practising gratitude and doing things that add value and positivity to my life. Like…

…Chilling at a coffee shop singing Moana’s “Shiny” backwards. 🤷🏻‍♀️