Today’s post is a bit of a longer one.
Really quickly, take a look around my blog. my social media posting, hell even the fact that I refer to my readers as sharks.
I want to go into marine biology and to become a marine biologist and study sharks.
But why? I get this question a lot and thought I’d answer it.
Let’s go back to the start. It was back in 2013. At the time I was just 12 years old.
I was sitting down in my living room watching Shark Week with both of my parents. ( keep in mind that years later I do realize the flaws of shark week, but 2012 was a much simpler time). We were watching the episode about the Megalodon. That’s right. The largest shark to have ever existed. A real hardcore apex predator.
The so-called marine biologist (because later were proven to just be actors) were speaking about just how limited the information on the megalodon was, and whether the shark could still be alive. This lit a light bulb for me. Naturally, as I was just 12, I wanted to believe the megalodon was out there still. The weeks after I would browse the internet constantly looking for any answers. I didn’t know how to tell fake content from real, so a lot of information clashed in my mind. Today I know a little bit better and sadly, I’m pretty sure it’s extinct. There is still the fraction of hope that it’s hiding somewhere, but realistically it’s long gone.
Back in middle school, they made us do all the long career tests. I always got a Marine biologist or zoologist within my top 3 careers that would suit me. At one point, I even had a binder dedicated to sharks. I would look up the information and would write a little paper on each shark. I will never forget how proud I was of that little binder.
This started everything.
It started my love and fascination with marine biology and sharks.
Previously in my elementary and middle school science classes, I was already pretty intrigued. I loved reading up on topics and doing experiments. I loved learned and it’s still like that today.
Moving into high school, as most of you know, I ended up in an early college high school. At the age of 15, I was thrown into real college courses, and I can’t lie, I was frightened. All the teachers before did the whole “COLLEGE PROFESSORS WON’T ACCEPT THIS BEHAVIOR” thing. Plot twist – one of my professors literally showed us memes and fed us cookies.
As I went through high school/ college my love for marine biology only grew. I had people ask me every year what I wanted to do with my life. I always said marine biology without a doubt.
Nowadays I do face some issues. A close family member of mine thinks I would be better off doing social media management or some kind of communication-related career.
It is true that I have a lot of skills on the back burner that I could turn into a career if I wanted to – social media management/ PR.
Why won’t I?
To me, and this is simply a personal opinion. I would rather be researching something about sharks or marine biology in general, rather than sit in an office chair writing a post on Facebook, while the world continues to go without knowledge.
This is not to offend people in the communication field. please keep doing what you are doing. You are awesome!
Can I do anything directly in marine biology to save or educate the world? Maybe not by myself, but this is something I could do for the rest of my life without complaining.
So why study sharks?
Good question. Sharks are like people, often misunderstood, and there is a lack of people wanting to understand. Sure sharks have a history of attacking people, but humans have a history of attacking them for shark fin soup, etc. There is more unknown about sharks (and other fish) than known, and that goes for the ocean, and for all of marine biology. I want to be out there, actually researching it. Finding answers not only for me but for the rest of the world. Sharks just want to live and deserve to get the chance to. I have been informed that the pay for a marine biologist is rather low, and I’m okay with that. I’d rather have lower pay and love my job. They say if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. That’s the plan.
Where am I now?
I am still in college, unfortunately, and of course, the whole COVID19 has put me into online courses and slashed any opportunity for interning. This is ok, I am still young, and I value my health and others too. #socialdistancing.
You can find me in the early mornings listening to “So you want to be a marine biologist?” Podcast on Spotify, or even “Biology for Bastards”. I constantly read articles and continue to learn everything I can. Learning is a passion for me that will never die. I do plan to get my scuba verification this summer, granted COVID is dealt with by then. Maybe I can find an online marine biology internship. Who knows?
So that’s really just about it. That’s why in a long nutshell, why I want to become a marine biologist. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to comment below!
Until next time, sharks!