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I want to be a marine biologist. What type of person do you think it takes to become one? #sealife#marinebiologist#biolife

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I am in the 10th grade and I love animals and the idea of researching the ocean sounds amazing.
#environmental-science #professional #sealife#marinebiologist#biolife

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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.
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Anne’s Answer

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Ileana, you live in San Antonio, home of Sea World. They have marine biologists who work there and they also have educational programs. Here is the email for the education department: SWF-CSWInterns {at} SeaWorld [dot] com

I would email them and ask if you could come and do an "informational interview". This is like a real interview, but not to GET a job, just to get information about a job. Or maybe you could get a behind-the-scenes-tour for educational purposes.

Sea World may also use student volunteers, so you could ask about that, too. You're lucky you have a real marine biology resource in your community, so take advantage of that!
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Guisella’s Answer

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Ileana, I think is great that you want to be a marine biology. I believe anyone can be what they want to be if they stay true to the end goal. It takes the type of person that's dedicated, loves science and willing to take the extra step and differentiate themselves from others. I can tell you it won't be easy, but it will definitely be rewarding and worth it at the end. You can do it!

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