Olivia's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Design Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Chicago, IL

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 12

OLIVIA CASTELLINI

Sr. Exhibit Developer
Museum of Science and Industry

“Think, 'this is what I want to be next,' rather than, 'this is what I want to be when I grow up.' It doesn't have to be so scary; you just have to decide what's next.”

INTERESTS:

Music Science

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Choices Desire Instincts Passion Confidence Success Struggle Goals Hard Work Planning Education Opportunity Community Exploration

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

art, challenge, decisions, design, drive, excitement, focus, frustration, grad school, instincts, math, museums, music, passion, physics, research, science, trust, university, violin

BIOGRAPHY:

  • After pursuing both music and science for most of her childhood, she decided to major in physics.
  • Says that throughout her studies, she genuinely liked physics, but not enough to make it her life's work.
  • Finished her undergrad studies and panicked, felt like she was never going to be able to be a musician.
  • Looking back, says she was too focused on picking one specific career, didn't realize she could pursue all of her interests.
  • After getting her Ph.D. in physics, she went into education outreach-says it was the first job she felt genuinely excited about.
  • Designs the interactive audiovisual exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
  • Says the essence of her work is "translating" the excitement of science to the general public.
  • Takes the stress out of career decisions by thinking about "what she wants to do next," rather than what she wants to do forever.

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