I grew up surrounded by nature. When I was younger I was always outside morning until night, building forts, collecting small animals, swimming, climbing trees etc. Even then I always had a passion to learn about nature. I don’t think it ever occurred to me that I could pursue a career in this field. I knew I wanted to work with animals, but I figured that I could only achieve this by becoming a veterinarian. However, it just didn’t feel right. I knew I needed something more. Another aspect that just wasn’t clicking. I gave up the science route altogether and went to art school for 2 years. Though I don’t regret it, I’m glad I finally discovered my calling. I started out at Plymouth State University as a Environmental Biology major. Looking at the courses I was required to take, I knew this still wasn’t what I wanted. I spoke with many professors about what to do and what options I had. I didn’t figure it out until a fellow student told me about the Interdisciplinary Studies program. Finding out that I would be able to create my own major was mind-blowing.
Now that I’m here, I couldn’t be happier. I love all my classes and I’m so excited to gain as much knowledge as I can before I graduate and find a career that I was meant for. I’ve had the privilege to work with a couple species so far and loved every second of it. I take every opportunity I can to join one of my professors to go birding or to handle birds. I’ve even applied to 5+ short-term positions to work with birds over the summer once I graduate.
Even when I’m not in class, I’m still constantly eager to learn. Watching David Attenborough’s nature documentaries is one of my favorite pastimes. He’s someone I’ve looked up to him and his work for a long time, and it’s reassuring in a way to know that someday when I’m out of school, I’ll be contributing to the work that he’s accomplished and hopefully, inspiring people just like he does and continues to do.