I feel incredibly fortunate to have been a part of the BU Marine Program two years in a row. From snorkeling in the clear blue water of Belize to living aboard a tall ship in the Caribbean, the program made my experience at BU unlike anything I had ever imagined. Aside from the exotic field trips, the BU Marine Program provided for a tight knit community of students and professors who really encouraged one another to do their best. The classes were challenging, and the hours were often exhausting, but there was never a lack of fun. The BU Marine Program was great preparation for grad school, and it was through my courses and lectures that I realized I did not want to be a research scientist, and more importantly, I learned that this was ok.

I just completed my first year at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, where I am pursuing my Master’s degree in Marine Resources Management. I created my own master’s thesis, which is developing a fun and engaging web series to teach science to elementary school children.