I completed a PhD in inorganic chemistry at the University of California Berkeley in August of 2016. Though all my work required the making of new molecules, individual projects ranged from designing organic compounds that control the reactivity of metal ions to generating conductive polymers for lithium-ion batteries. However, my extracurricular experiences working with undergraduates both in and out of the lab ultimately set me on a path toward education. After graduation I took a position as a lecturer at my alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and am currently teaching first semester organic chemistry. Over the summer of 2017, I am excited to be writing for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow.