“I tell my daughter that she can achieve anything” - Norwich mum hopes science event will inspire
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Although she left school early and went into the workforce aged 16, Norwich mum Jessica Suter never gave up on her passion for science.
Now 25, Miss Suter, from St James Close, is now in the final stages of a biochemistry degree at the Open University, and is organising a science activity day to inspire others.
She said she wanted to show that people of all backgrounds could get into science.
Miss Suter, who has two children, said: 'Growing up I always wanted to do something in the sciences from helping animals by thinking up elaborate protection wear that would prevent them from being harmed to helping people suffering ill-health.
'Unfortunately, life got in the way and I was unable to continue my academic journey.
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'I enrolled at college at 15 years old and fell into business and marketing, where I ended up with a career in Public Relations at 16.
'It was a great career - it just wasn't right for me.'
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After Miss Suter and her fiancé decided to start a family, she suffered from a rare pregnancy condition known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which, she said, completely changed her outlook.
She said: 'I felt a new type of strength and decided that it was finally the time to pursue a career in science, no matter how sensitive I felt about my lack of education.
'It has been the most incredible and invigorating experience of my life and I can now believe myself when I tell my daughter that she can achieve anything with a bit of confidence and hard work.'
Miss Suter's Eaton Park Science Day will take place at the Eaton Park Community Centre on March 11 from 9am to midday, during British Science Week.
It will involve different groups running science-themed games and activities, which will be mainly aimed at children.
Miss Suter said the Norwich Fitness Club, a pathology team from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the RSPB would be among the groups taking part.