At a young age, Mariam wanted to be a sea-captain, but she had little interest in the less savory aspects of piracy.
(Of course, if she *were* preternaturally gifted and interested in such things, she probably wouldn't admit it.)
She later opted out of a promising and lucrative career in forging antiquities to focus on the chemical sciences.
This decision is regretted during *some* meetings.
It may be best not to bring it up.