I noticed a trend lately: my page view numbers are quite boosted compared to my number of unique visitors (see blue charts below). My lab mates and I have hypothesized that this odd pattern correlates to around the same time that the PSU interview requests were sent out to potential grad students. Or, you know, maybe it's just my parents and boyfriend reading it all because they feel like they have to, but I prefer to think that people considering graduate school, or higher ed in general, are reading my blog. If that is the case, then this post is for you (and good luck with your interviews!!!)
I was different because I liked reading more than I liked talking to people most of the time. I was a little bit odd because at 5 years old I wanted to be a marine biologist, not at all like my sister's goal of becoming a mermaid (true story). My family has always been quick to point out how quirky and unusual my interests are to them, and it's all stemmed from my lifelong aim to be a scientist. My reason is a simple one: there's just too much in the universe for my curiosity to ever be satisfied.
One of the many steps required to earn the scientist title was acquiring an education suited for my interests. It was one of my fifth grade teachers that told me of a seemingly magical high school about 30 minutes drive from my house where the students learned how to become marine biologists. I was privileged to grow up within the bounds of the Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD).
MCVSD Mission Statement
"The Monmouth County Vocational School District prepares students for an evolving workplace, lifelong learning and further education through specialized academics, career and technical programs and achievement of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards."
My four years of high school were absolutely amazing! I played field hockey for my hometown high school because MCVSD schools didn't have sports teams. I was enrolled in a curriculum where I not only was guided by the scientific method and acquiring skills for conducting research projects, but where I was also enlisted in a Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC).