- I chose geoscience in seventh grade because I needed a science fair project and I didn’t want to do anything my parents knew something about. Between them, they had degrees or jobs in chemistry, biology, and computer science. Physics was a little daunting for a 12-year old, so geoscience it was.
- By the time I was 17, I knew I wanted to be a particular geoscience subspecialty. My choice of colleges was influenced by the location of one of the big names in that subspecialty. More than 10 years later, it’s still a big part of what I do.
- This is not to say that I haven’t wavered along the way. Amongst my ditherings, I worked for a summer in an immunology lab and had an internship with an NGO in Washington, DC.
- If my parents had not been scientists and my school system had not pushed science on me, I think I would probably have become a lawyer. I’ve loved history and politics for as long as I can remember.
- If I could go back in time and offer my 17-year old self some advice, I’d tell myself to major in engineering and take geoscience courses on the side. I could still do the same thing I do now, but I would have had better paying, more numerous options if I had bailed out of school before the PhD.
- I never intended to go straight from undergraduate to graduate school. It simply happened because I wanted to move cross-country and I knew how to “do school” better than I knew how to find a job long-distance.
I’m not sure I know six people who haven’t been tagged for this particular meme, so if you haven’t been tagged and would like to be, consider yourself tagged. In particular, I tag Alice.