Throughout the summer my tasks will be helping with the summer outreach programs and collecting and analyzing coral data collected for the Coral Conservation Project. I will also be updating our media pages during my time here, keeping our supporters posted on all of the exciting things going on with the program. You will be seeing my regular posts on Twitter, Facebook and on our website. Feel free to tune in to any or all three of these media updates.
First off I wanted to share a little about myself and my goals with YME. I became interested in Marine Science as a career when I was fourteen and working on an end of year career project. Marine Biology came up as my most likely career match when using an online quiz. I began my research through the typical google search. Unexpectedly I came across an ad for teen marine science summer camps in the Caribbean. I clicked on the link and began to read about my dream program, it had everything I could have ever wanted. In just three short weeks you could gain 3 college credits, become an advanced scuba diver, learn how to sail and meet new friends from around the world. I set my sights on participating in this program. I applied for a scholarship to help me pay for it, worked an entire summer away and squeezed out all of the money in my bank account to cover the cost of the program. In the end it was all worth it, it was the trip that changed my life.
After my marine conservation program I wanted to learn more about another side of marine science, I wanted to learn about the polar regions. I applied to a scholarship for a youth trip called Students on Ice that takes high school students to the Arctic and Antarctic. I participated in their 2013 Arctic trip and got my first little taste of what it would be like to study marine science in the far north.
After going on these two, pre-planned, pre-prepared trips, I wanted to try something more challenging, like an internship. The only problem was, who would be willing to take on a 17-year old girl as an intern? Well, Nikita is, and that's how I became involved with the YME program!
My hopes and goals in interning with the YME program are many. They involve personal goals, academic goals and program goals.
My personal goal is to do something that will challenge me mentally, physically and emotionally in a place that I'm not familiar with.
My academic goals are to learn more about marine science field research, to develop my abilities in collecting data and organizing it in a useful way. I want to step up my diving certifications to rescue diver and to improve my dive experience. All of these aspects will help me to prepare for my lifelong career in marine science.
I am so thrilled to have been provided with this wonderful opportunity here with Young Marine Explorers. I know I have so much to learn from this internship and hope to grow as an individual throughout my 6-weeks here. I look forward to the adventures that the upcoming month will bring!