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Words of Wisdom (Transcript)

One thing to keep I mind when you are trying to decide what to do - I know when I was in high school I had a hard time trying to decide what to do. Pick out something you feel comfortable with that you like to do and pursue that and don’t get frustrated. You don’t necessary have to go to the best university right away. Go to a junior college and take a few classes to figure out what you want to do. In the summer, try to volunteer or take internships which are a good way to find out your interests. You can see what people do and if you really like it. This also gives you contacts for the future.

When I was in high school I just took the basic college prep courses; a lot of biology and science. I really don’t think that in your early years of college that you need to worry about specializing early. It’s more important to get a good background in science and chemistry. I took typing at 40 and a lot of what we do now is computer work. All we do now is a lot of computer work so computer courses and software course and any of those will help. Computers are the number one thing we utilize in our work and then later on and in the later years as an undergraduate or as a master degree you can specialize and get more specific like marine ecology or whatever your interest is.. I wouldn’t worry about specializing too early on. Get a good background and feel out what you want to do. You don’t have to decide the rest of our life today.

I have lots of hobbies. Basically every weekend when I am not working my wife and I like to go out in our Boston Whaler in the river and go fishing and stomp out in the mud flats, traipsing through the mangroves, or scuba diving. We like to go kayaking, we just started yoga, I used to do karate, mountain climbing, hiking – lots of physical stuff we like to do.


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