Her enjoyment of science was a driving force in Margit's education. In high school courses like biology, advanced biology, chemistry and physics were all influential in her career choice as a biochemist. Her father was a high school teacher and was friends with the biology teacher at her school. That teacher used to bring her slides with samples on them. She would examine them with her own personal microscope and enjoyed the scientific inquiry involved in it.
Work Experiences and Internships:
Although she knew she was interested in a science career, in high school Margit wasn't presented with many opportunities for work experiences in this area. Instead, she concentrated on her high school science classes.
Activities and Organizations:
Running on the cross-country and track teams was a big part of Margit's high school career. These types of activities can teach teamwork and discipline and are valuable components in helping students realize they can reach goals. In a science career such as biochemistry, goals are constantly set. Meeting those goals and finding new and different ways to do it is what it's all about. Margit also suggests becoming a member of an Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization (http://www.ffa.org). She has seen students from this organization tour her company and feels that being a part of it may be a good way to educate students in agriculture and biotechnology.
Setbacks and Obstacles:
Acting on a suggestion from a teacher, Margit changed majors for a quarter when she was in college. But she soon realized her first love was biology, so she switched back to a biology major and hasn't regretted it since.
A career in science was always Margit's goal. Science had always been fascinating to her, and she had enjoyed it since her childhood. Biochemistry just seemed like a natural fit for her. She knew she either wanted to be a biochemist or pursue a career in the medical field. As a freshman in college, she realized she liked biology best, and the quest for scientific discovery kept her going.
In fifth grade Margit received a microscope from her parents as a gift. She was thrilled and had fun conducting her own scientific studies on blades of grass and water samples from a lake. Her mother even participated by pricking her finger and letting Margit look at the blood cells under the microscope. It was all fascinating to her, and even at that young age she knew she wanted a career in science.