Hello, my name is Laron Bethel I'm 17 years old, a proud veteran and now intern of Young Marine Explorers. I started my journey with YME back in 2013 while attending the great C.V. Bethel Senior High. At C.V. Bethel, I was a part of the marine science program. Aside from graduating high school, one of my many accomplishments was successfully completing a program called Maritime Cadet Corp. Both my experience with YME and the Maritime Cadet Corp gave me a clearer insight to what it is I want to pursue. I've always had a passion for the environment, and before joining these programs I found it difficult to channel my passion into a streamline focus. Thanks to Nikita, I am able to participate in this 2 year internship program with YME while also obtaining an Associate's Degree in General Education. One of my goals is to become a future herpetologist or a Commodore for the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF)
Herpetology, the study of reptiles and amphibians, is what I wish to specialize in. My favorite reptile is the Nile Crocodile, which is the largest living reptile discovered. Growing to sizes up to 20ft and sometimes even larger. As a young energetic child, I spent most of my play time outside in the natural environment. I always knew that whatever career I decide to pursue it would have to be mainly outdoors. I am the first of my mothers children to attend college, but I'm certainly not the last. Growing up I wasn't the most fortunate but I worked with what I had and was grateful.
With God's help I made it to where I am today. One day I hope to be wealthy enough to help others, and most definitely YME. YME has brought me to where I am today. It has impacted the lives of many other people like me, and it is my hope that one day YME will grow to meet the needs of a larger population and touch the hearts of many across the world. YME taught me physically and mentally. Whether it was by teaching me to dive and swim well, or even teaching me how to speak in front of a big crowd without getting nervous. Either way I learnt lots of life lessons that will go with me wherever I go and duplicate itself in whatever I do.