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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Smith River, Arcata, California, USA

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Smith River, Arcata, California, USA
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Registered: November 2019
City/Town/Province: Stockton
Posts: 4
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Growing up as someone who has always been driven by the ocean and its sustainable life form, Marine Science is something that has kept my excitement for wanting to learn new things and study beyond my expectations. Marine life is one of Gods greatest gifts to the world, helping us see the unimaginable things we dont expect to see everyday in our normal lives. I love science, specifically aquatic science. I personally find it to be one of the most interesting parts of my everyday learning experience with education.
Throughout the four years I have spent researching the innovative properties of many different environmental standards. There is something I havent quite got my hands secured on just yet, and that's ensuring that the ocean ecosystem remains sustainable, and protected from the dangers of human interactions. During the summer of 2019, me and some other youth from California were part of a research project that focused on restoring and conserving a wide variety of coasts in Arcata. To be more exact, the Tolowa Coast, with it being the home to some of the most diverse plant and wildlife species in the world. However, that diversity was compromised by European beachgrass, eradicating nearly all native dune plants, and other biological life forms. Unfortunately, most people don't usually pay any attention to these incredibly fascinating plants, or any biodiversity life for that matter, which was the sad part of this experience. The disbelief in my mind turned to maternal rage like jet fuel streaming in my blood. Then it finally occurred to me that one of the biggest issues of the coast is that its completely out of sight and out of mind. Overtime, becoming a person who loves learning about the importance of our marine life, this experience has allowed me to take an interest in wanting to go out more and not only help preserve in one area of the marine industry, but eventually travel around the world doing what I love. The level of commitment it took in exploring new knowledge with the coast and overall marine life, gave me a sense of appreciation for my peers and investment into their success as well, and I now feel even more motivated to learn from, and fully contribute to future working marine seminars, and research institutions.
One factor I intend on pursuing from this passion of mine is a higher education institute that provides students with the necessary training, and outside of the classroom work within their field of interest. Which in this case, is Marine Biology. Today, with everything mentors and teachers have taught me, I now hope to seek theoretical research with the institute that I commit to, and present my developments to those who seem to be interested in making a change for the benefit of our planet. I am an unlikely achiever. I stumble daily, literally from my personality disorder, and attempts of wanting to be lonely all the time. Every moment is unpredictable, I balance precariously. I fight to regulate my senses, emotions, and body in space. It is only once I fall that I can pick myself up again, rebalance from my misstep, and move forward.
Through my environmental composition I steady myself. Rooted on the ocean tides, rapt in waves, improvising research and curiosity, quickly notating ideas, I am in command. My dysregulation, stress, anxiety, instability, my obstacles, become science. I work my tension into minor triads or uncomfortable intervals, possibly a math formula. Gaining calm and control, I conclude the diving moments and the adventures which develop into a brighter, sustainable, and breathtaking experience literally. Although, I might boldly attempt hypothermia passages with swimming, the ocean still remains a part of my life.
My scientific expressions, the embodiment of my challenges, have won internships nationally and locally. In summer 2018, I got selected to renovate research labs for the Wesley Theological Seminary. Scientist in that office have been impressed with the stories of my compositions, and marine life interest. I have received recognition from members of the Californias Ocean Conservative, Stockton Delta RunWay, and the Sierra Club. I have had my work sponsored by members of the Edison Alumni Association, Stocktons Environmental Justice Program, and many more nonprofit organizations. My research has been presented at many different school campuses, churches, and community events ranging from, California State University of Sacramento, United Methodist Church Stockton, University of the Pacific, and other elementary schools as well. With each recognition and with every award, I recall my unsteady journey to this blissful moment. I relish and savor the present.
My goal is to be a professional ocean research technician. When I research, I am at my best. I am smiling. I feel capable and confident. Since becoming a teen, my parents have instilled in me the need to develop self-advocacy skills, and work toward independence and financially supporting myself. Through marine science, I know I can succeed. I have already laid the foundation from which to build a career. For these reasons, I choose to pursue a degree in ocean science.
Tomorrow I may wake up feeling physically or emotionally insecure. My joints or ligaments might feel particularly tight or abnormally loose, I may be overwhelmed by assignments, struggle with my eyesight, or simply be overstimulated by fluorescent lighting. Yet, I will seep into the ocean bench. I will start anew, equipped with blank staff diving materials and a research buddy. I know I can achieve, Ive done it before. I will study, and research, my woes into wins.
Through my love for the ocean, I hope to bring beauty and joy to others, and inspire strength in them to confront their challenges. My dream is that one day a child will be so moved by my protection goals for the ocean life that she will say, I too want to save the little mermaids, or, when someone needs cheering up, he will watch my documentary and say, I feel much better. Most of all, I hope that a person with similar struggles to mine will look and say, Wow, I now know that one day I too can achieve and excel at my passion.
Knowing my dream to pursue the college life will be a long, arduous, and seemingly stressful path, I have developed my own nindo on never going back on my word, through hard work and perseverance.

In this photo, here is me with two crab shells that I found during a European beach cleanup seminar. Here 32 volunteers from all over the world worked 8 hours to restore, and protect the beach from the European grass that was affecting. We ripped out as many piles of the grass as we could before coming back the next day. Nearly 2 football fields long was the amount of grass we ended up pulling out. The cool thing about it is that students of all ages were part of this environmental change and movement, and are now empowered to do more in the future. Thank you Lord for this beautiful planet, and the millions of things we can do to protect it.

Date: December 28, 2019 Views: 2185 File size: 11.5kb, 152.9kb : 1231 x 825
Hours Volunteered: 256
Volunteers: 32
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 17 & 12 to 56
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 67.5
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