"Diwata-1" and What It Takes to Become a Scientist
|Above copied from CNN Philippines|
|The first Philippine microsatellite, Diwata-1|
Above photo copied from ASEAN Military Defense Review
Sadly, a week later, one of the Filipino engineers, Paolo Espiritu, shared on Facebook grievances against the Philippines' Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The following is the part that captured my attention:
They call us “students”, yet normal students go in at 9am, and leave at 5pm. Normal students attend class all the time. Normal students are almost finished on their individual thesis projects. Normal students have personal time on the weekends. Normal students enjoy holidays. But no. We are not just students. We go in at 9am, and leave at 1am. Most of the days, we have no choice but to skip our classes to work on the microsatellite. We have no chance to work on our thesis projects. We go the lab on Saturdays. We go to the lab on Sundays. We go to the lab on holidays. We go to the lab during Christmas. So no. We are not just students.Perhaps, Paolo has not seen the following. It is an article written by John Skylar. The title of the article captures a horrifying picture of what it takes to become a scientist.
|Above copied from John Skylar's Talebearing|
What does it take to become a scientist? A lot. And that is not an understatement.