For a long time I've been aiming towards a career in biological research. And with my recent adventures into marine science and education, I have felt I've found a true passion. This summer, the experiences I've made here at Shannon Point have been invaluable to finding exactly where I want to be as I continue my education and pave the foundation for my career.
Scientific research internships coming out of community colleges are often few and far between. I believe any community college student thinking about the sciences as a career path or simple just has curiosity for the inner workings of the natural world should think about participating in one of these internships. COSEE Pacific Partnerships was a true privilege to work with; the experience and knowledge gained from the internship was unique, exciting, and encouraging. I think any student would benefit from having this contact with the wide world of research. Apart from having a simply amazing and enjoyable summer, there are many life and job skills that prepares a student for the challenges that lie ahead.
Additionally, I would like to thank all the faculty and staff at Shannon Point Marine Center. Everyone was incredibly nice and supportive of the research and our pursuit of marine knowledge. I would like to also thank my incredible advisor, Dr. Apple. You have been a great instructor and a fantastic supporter of my efforts and ventures into oceanographic research, something that is truly valued.
The ocean is truly an amazing place, and I feel privileged to have spent the summer exploring lingering questions and research! I will never forget this tremendous summer.
-Natasha Renae Christman
|The sunset from Shannon Point Marine Center on one of the last nights before departing.|