Marine Biology Personal Statement

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I have wanted to be a marine biologist for as long as I can remember. I believe I my upbringing had a lot of influence in my passion for the marine world. Growing up in southern Louisianan, I spent the majority of my childhood on the water. Almost every weekend was spent at a family friends fishing camp, in a small fishing town named Grand Isle. Grand Isle was the perfect playground for an inquisitive young child. In the summer fishing was at its peek and there was always some type of fish being pulled up on the dock to study. In the winters when fish were scarce to catch you could throw a cast net over the dock and catch small squid that would fit in the palm of your hand. Every night I would collect my bucket of specimens, as I would call it, and pretend I was a marine biologist like the ones I had seen in nature documentaries.…show more content…
Every chance I got I begged my mom to take me to see coral reefs like the ones I had seen in the film. I even wrote Santa that year asking for a coral reef to put in my grandmothers swimming pool. A few years later my relentless begging payed off, and on family vacation we drove to Key Largo to snorkel the reef at John Pennekamp State Park. Seeing the reef for the first time I was awestruck. My young mind could not begin to comprehend the natural beauty I was seeing. Seeing the reef in person sparked my passion even more and inspired me to learn as much as I could about coral

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