Friday, September 30, 2011

the rainbow fish

When I was eight, I wanted to be a marine biologist. Isn't that funny? I was terrified of the ocean until I was 15. Every summer when we went to the beach on our California vacation, I would never venture deeper than ankle-high water, but I thought marine biology would be awesome. I had all of these books with pictures of tropical fish. I thought they were so beautiful, or fascinatingly ugly, like the ones that are only found super deep down. I remember trying to draw pictures of the fish, and my mom drew me a picture of a dolphin. I was so impressed by that dolphin picture! (Do you remember this, Mom?) I distinctly remember thinking my mom was such a good artist.

That is pretty much all I have to say about that. I'm trying to write a personal statement for a fellowship application essay, and I think I'm going to point back to that early career goal as my original love for science or something. Who knows. Too bad I don't have any dramatic deaths in my family or some compelling story about being the first college grad in my family of 10 children living below the poverty line with a sick mother dying of a disease I am now determined to cure as a grad student.

Dolphin pictures it is.


amanda said...

haha. love it! I always hated those...and I never even thought of a story that good!

Lyss said...

I used to want to be a marine biologist! then i realized how much science was involved and decided against it.
Good luck!

Naomi Martineau said...

ugh I know what you mean! How do all of these people get these dramatic stories for their personal statements? I feel like I have to make my life seem more dramatic than it really is haha

I think whats even harder is the research proposal. How am I supposed to know what I am going to be doing in grad school? grr

Diane said...

I do not the remember the dolphin picture and I find it quite shocking that anyone could think I knew how to draw anything. You must have been really really young.....but I do remember how much you wanted to be a marine biologist! And also how terrified you were of swimming....Actually once we started hanging out at the pool a lot you overcame that fear.

wildchild said...

ha i hate that it seems like you need some crazy story for it to be good. i just want to get my masters, okay people?! no special reason why. jeez.

M said...

Oh my gosh, I wanted to be a marine biologist too when I was little. Except then I figured out that I have a deep, unending fear of deep water....needless to say, the dream died there.
Oh well.