With my high school graduation less than two weeks away, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on the cool things that I have done recently and where I am headed next year. Last month, I went on a field study to Baja Mexico with my Marine Ecology class. We camped in one of the most beautiful, untouched places in the world.
This was extremely gratifying and life changing. We slept under the stars, caught our meals, and enjoyed every bit of our time there. Not only did we swim, hike, and SUP, we also studied the diverse ecosystems surrounding our camp. By studying the pristine Baja environment I obtained a greater appreciation for all that I have. This adventure reminded me that the Earth is extremely fragile and deserves a ton of TLC.
My passion for protecting the environment is one of the reasons that I am so happy to be going to UC Santa Barbara next year. Studying Aquatic Biology at UCSB will give me an opportunity to continue protecting what I love most, the ocean. Moving to SB and starting a new chapter in my life will be challenging, but Santa Barbara is a beautiful place where I will be able to study what I love, surf, SUP, hike, and recreate close to the ocean.
One of the most important things about life is to follow your passions, and to enjoy every moment that you have! Take a chance every day to look outside or do something that you love, and do all that you can to protect our beautiful environment and most importantly… Be Ocean Minded!