I got a U in A level biology

In Cosmo's September/October editor's letter, Milli Midwood remembers why science should be left to our STEM cover stars, and our STEM cover stars only
I got a U in A level biology

Mr. Marsden, if you’re reading this then I’m sorry. You were right. I should never have taken A Level biology.

I remember the day I stood in the reception of Jumeirah College and tore open my envelope only to be greeted with a big fat U. Yep, my biology exam was so bad it was, quite literally, ungraded.

I thought I’d done well in supressing that results day memory–until I met our four cover stars, Alia AlMansoori, Aya Mouallem, Huda Ahli and Mary Maher, the next generation of Arab women in science, technology, engineering and maths who are making significant contributions in their fields. The world needs science, and science needs women, which is why we decided to shine a light on the STEM luminaries whose work may change the world.

September is the mark of going back to school, back to university, and back to work (if you need #OOTD office attire inspo then click here *now*), but with the pandemic leaving so much devastation in its wake, the next step in so many peoples’ careers has been put on hold. Take, for example, Alia, our cover star, who was set to leave Dubai for Scotland this month to start her next chapter at the University of Edinburgh. But social distancing plus travel bans equals another school term of distanced learning–from home.

Applying for internships in far-flung countries and chasing your dream job seem totally impossible and intangible at the moment, which is why we are thrilled to introduce our new Cosmo Careers internship scheme. The Cosmo team will be facilitating 50 internships at some of the biggest fashion, beauty and tech brands in the world, between now and the end of 2020. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled on cosmopolitanme.com for all the details on how to apply.

And speaking of careers, if yours is an online one, like Mary, our STEM star who is the number one Fortnite player in the MENA region (no biggie), then you won’t want to miss the Cosmo Cup. The first-ever female-focused online e-sports tournament in the GCC.

Consoles at the ready. It’s game on, gals.