Ileana, great question!
My son is the same grade, and is also interested in becoming a marine biologist, so we have been working through this problem together recently.
First, you want to think about taking as many science courses as you can during high school. If you are able to take an extra science class - do it! This will only help you be more prepared as you move on to college.
Next, you want to research what colleges or universities have the best marine biology programs. My son is looking at Savannah State, for example as it has a good program that fits his needs. There are many good schools with good programs, so you will want to do some research to see what is best for you.
Also, you want to think about what niche you would want to explore in marine biology. Are you more interested in conservation? Would you rather be an under water cinematographer? There are lots of options, so start thinking about what would interest you most so you can better direct your career path.
I think you have chosen an awesome field, and I wish you the best of luck!
Darcy recommends the following next steps:
- Research colleges that have reputable marine biology programs.