Time to meet Kritika Gupta (She/her)! Kritika is a science communicator originally from India and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Mississippi in the USA in the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management!
What kind of scientist are you?
I am a science communicator who guides/informs the audience about various aspects/struggles of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), science, academia, and nutrition. Instagram is my main platform of instruction.
In my formal education, I study nutrition and the effect it has on people. I aim towards the holistic development of underprivileged children by improving their nutritional status (SDG 2 & 3).
What made you want to become a scientist?
Nutrition and Dietetics is not only a vast field but something which people around the globe have developed a keen interest in. During my clinical internship in undergraduate years, I learned how fast the misinformation about health and fitness is growing. In order to be an expert in the field, and to convince people for good over bad, I chose this journey. Scientists tend to have a firm opinion backed by concrete evidence.
“I and science are like an arranged marriage couple – with blissful ongoing love life.”Kritika Gupta
What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
I see myself as a Unique Scientist as I was that topper student of my class who was more interested in history and literature. Science was never my cup of tea. I and science are like an arranged marriage couple – with blissful ongoing love life.
What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I am an avid reader. Nicolas Sparks, Khaled Hosseini, and Ravinder Singh are some of my favorite authors. Once in two years, I binge watch series – F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and Grey’s Anatomy being my favorites. I also spend my time drawing and sketching randomly. If nothing works, I watch Bollywood movies, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani being my all-time favorite!
If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
I heartily wish that the way science is taught to school-going children could be changed. My younger self always thought of scientists as lifeless old Homo sapiens with white hair, and found in labs, with their world confined to the glassware, and the exploding chemicals! My younger self would be amazed today to know how normal scientists are, and how science is NOT boring!
“My younger self would be amazed today to know how normal scientists are, and how science is NOT boring!”Kritika Gupta
Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
Different people play an important role in different phases of life. My school teachers, my university teachers, other mentors and guides from extracurricular – have all played unique roles in my development. At the same time, I am highly thankful to my friends whose role cannot be put to words. I cannot imagine a life without them – this speaks a lot.
Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
This was a super busy week! More the busyness – more the achievements! I submitted one research paper, and one book chapter, yayyy!!
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