Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
Initially, I was going to be a medical doctor--because that is what you did if you liked science, according to most people. In college, I volunteered with the research greenhouse as a way of dealing with depression and ended up working under a plant ecologist. Under her I realized that I could just do science without the pretense of medical undertakings. This graduate student encouraged me to pursue plant sciences and with her help I applied for, and was accepted into a master's program focusing on plant pathology. During my master's I met two women who ran a plant diagnostic laboratory where they figured out why plans (everything from vegetable crops, homeowner plants, nursery crops, and everything in between) were 'sick'. When I realized that I could have a career in problems solving, I pushed toward that and have been a plant diagnostician ever since I left graduate school.