What was your dream job as a child? What led you to your school of choice?
When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I was either going to be a cardiologist or a dance teacher.
When I was studying Biology (and preparing for medical school), I took an elective course called "Biochemistry of nucleic acids". The professor often went on tangents, in which he would talk about his own research. One day, he went on another tangent about how tumours both form and expand their vasculature network through a process called "angiogenesis". At this point, I no longer wanted to be a medical doctor. I wanted to cure cancer!
I noticed that schools in Finland do a lot of great research on tumour angiogenesis. So, I found a University with a great international biochemistry program, and I was accepted at the University of Oulu, where I did my Master of Science in biochemistry.