Marisela considered Leona's words for a long moment before nodding her head slightly.
"I see..." she began, pausing for a moment before continuing. "Well, I certainly want to understand more about how magic works. After all, that's the only way to really better myself and grow as a mage. People say magic and science are totally different, because science is predictable, governed by strict laws, while magic is freer and unpredictable, but I disagree. I think magic is a science, just like chemistry, or physics. We just haven't discovered the rules and patterns yet. That's why it's so puzzling to people. But with enough studying, I think we can unlock its secrets once and for all."
She stopped, wondering if any of that had made sense. It felt like she'd been rambling on a bit, and she hoped that hadn't annoyed the guild mistress. It wouldn't be very good for her career at the moment.
"Anyway," she said, changing the subject slightly, "that doesn't mean I'm looking to spend all my time locked up in a lab. Studying magic is only half of the equation. You have to get out and practice with it too. Experience it. Live it, even. After all, understanding your own magics, with its rules and limitations, is the first step to understanding magic in general. And every new kind of magic you encounter out in the real world will teach you a little bit more."
She sighed. "Besides, there's people out there doing so much damage to our world. Killing people, destroying buildings, tearing apart historical sites, stealing artifacts just for their own personal gain. They have to be stopped. Not just because they're harming people when they do this, but because if they keep destroying sites and stealing artifacts we'll never be able to study those magics and understand them."
She stopped again, wondering if she'd gone too far. After all, there were inevitably people in Silver Wolf who did some of those things. Still, it was something she was passionate about, so she wasn't going to just keep quiet about it. And anyway, it's not like she was planning on going after her own guildmates. She could turn a blind eye there if it meant she had access to the resources here to help her achieve her goals.