Dr Mazlan speaks about her schooling experience where she was initially very interested in the arts but was “forced” to go into science. This is something she doesn’t regret though as she found a love for Physics, and eventually, Astrophysics. She is something of a pioneer in this field. When she did her honours year as an undergraduate in New Zealand, she was the only female student and this was the case too when she went on to do her PhD.