In high school, you know, I really started to enjoy the sciences, and that's when I started thinking about doing something with the hard sciences.
During my Sophomore year I connected with Breck Bowden who helped me acquire a research position up in Alaska, and I was working both on his project, but then I also had my own individual project. I was at a field station with anywhere from 50 to 100 other scientists.
You're practically applying everything that you're learning. You're constantly thinking; you're just analyzing everything. And then you're surrounded by all these other people who love doing that.
I presented my project at a conference this past summer up in Vancouver, so that was a great opportunity because I got to see that side of it too, which is another big aspect of it.
Research is one of those things that a lot of people talk about that they might like, but you don't really know if you're going to like it until you do it, and so I got up there and did it, I saw what it's like and I really enjoyed it.
A lot of it was because of the faculty here. I was able to get all of those experiences that now have really helped me shape what I plan on doing afterward, and that really helped solidify a lot of my plans.