Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
I had no idea that I wanted to be an environmental scientist! In fact, I wanted to be a journalist until my junior year of high school and then I wanted to be in public health tracking down the origins of rare diseases based on the exciting tales I had started to read about of disease hunters in popular science books. So science mattered to me as a means to an end in that goal, but honestly I wasn't all that engaged by high school sciences courses. The basics are crucial, yes, but it wasn't until I got to college and happened upon environmental sciences that I found a whole new world. Suddenly science had a mystical quality. Trees communicate with one another, flowers and their pollinators have evolved to matched physically in order to succeed evolutionary, and whole communities of microorganisms live out extraordinary processes right underneath our noses and you'd never know without a little bit of science. Those high school classes helped, yes, but I found popular science books and college courses to be the shock that really opened up my senses to the whole world of science out there. Explore for yourself!