Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
I have been interested in science for as long as I can remember. My grandparents had a big influence on my path to science - one grandfather was a physician and another was involved in the veterinary science field. I started out wanting to be a veterinarian (this lasted through high school), then I shifted to wanting to be a marine biologist (early college) and finally settled on plant pathology (the study of plant diseases). I chose plant pathology after hearing my college botany professor state that "plants get sick". I didn't believe him at first and then thought, "well, what the heck can plants do to get better....anything?!". That led me to begin exploring the field of plant pathology, which started with me purchasing and reading my first plant pathology textbook from cover to cover! It was like reading the best novel ever...I couldn't wait to see what I would learn on the next page. I love plant pathology because it's a field where you get to learn about a lot of different components of biology, including plants, insect, microbes and the environment.