As a student, you get the perspective of life mainly by your parents and their surroundings. Later, your friends at the playground and in your educational path will certainly play a role. Your teachers teach you in a way, which influences you and your focus. The school as institution for me played a huge role in the perspective of thinking. I always wanted to know more about certain facts so that I did my own research.
When I was not sure what I was going to study, my best friend and me went to the local university to visit lessons. I remember, he wanted to study law so we went to one lecture in law. Since, we did not know which one to go, we randomly chose one. It was a lecture for students in 4th grade. When we went out of the building, I saw one advertisement on a sheet attached to a pillar. The university offered some 2 weeks school for interested students in Medical Physics. Since my major was in Physics and Maths in school, I thought, why not.
Later it turned out to be my passion. I studied my Bachelors in Medical Physics at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf and later I went for school in Medical Radiation Science at OncoRay at the Technical University Dresden. Here, we learned a lot about clinical routine as a Medical Physicist. I could obtain my state licenses and at the same time, I learned a lot about the major facts in Medical Physics: Nuclear Medicine, Imaging and Medical Physics. My Master Thesis, I did in the field of Proton Therapy as doing simulations about the Relative Biological Effectiveness in mice.
Later, I went for an internship to the Harvard Medical School and worked there first on my PhD and also in clinics as a Medical Physics Assistant. Currently, I am working on finishing my PhD at OncoRay which focuses on simulations in cancer.
I am lucky, I always had great teachers and professors who always were willing to support me in what I was doing.