Though I've wanted to be a scientist since I can remember I never really leaned towards one area or another. Physics? Marine Biology? Whatever, they were all good when I was a kid. There have been moments that pushed me towards or away different areas. Here's one of them, slightly misremembered for humor's sake.
10th grade Chemistry. I am doing pretty well. I like chemistry. Perhaps those two are related. It makes more sense than last year's biology had. We're having a long day with a lab at the end of lecture. The goal of lab is some simple titration or something. At the end the liquid should suddenly change color. I sit at my lab bench and slowly go through the steps. Step 1..Step 2..Step 3..Step 4. Nothing. Not a big deal, things often don't work on the first try. I go over it again but slower. Step 1...Step2...Step3....Step 4. Again, nothing.
"It won't work Dr.Oct"
"ok start again at the beginning. What's first?"
"Meausure out 50ml."
"ok go ahead"
"Ok got it"
"Wait. Is that 50 ml?"
*looks closer. thinks about the meniscus*
"It's about 50"
"well, I mean, maybe it's 50.1"
"The reaction won't work if it's 50.1?"
That's when I knew I was done with chemistry.