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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Roseville, California, USA

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Roseville, California, USA
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christinemurr



Registered: December 2010
City/Town/Province: Roseville
Posts: 1
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The visionary minds behind the doors of my high school science building have shaped my dreams and aspirations. By learning the importance of utilizing my passions to positively influence others and find beauty in everyday, overlooked things, my world has shaped who I am by challenging my brain with new points of view.
Seeing passion exude from my science teachers of my favorite subjects such as environmental science, physiology and zoology was my first time being exposed to such high, great people with only commendable intentions of improving the world around us. The knowledge they fed me gave me the chance to create my own opinions about what I love, and develop the motivation needed to challenge myself, others, and seek change in what I feel is necessary in the world.
Before I had become an upperclassman and was given exposure to this life changing opportunity, I had a serious lack of motivation. This not only affected the effort I put towards schooling, but the effort I put towards getting to know myself as well. However, this changed my mindset. My new and permanent determination caused me to become a hardworking, passionate individual, where I took great pride in making learning, grades, and career plans my top and most loved priority. It also led to a disappearance of my fear of public speaking. I joined my school’s Earth Club at the start of my junior year, and eagerly took the more influential position of Vice President my senior year. Our motto was to use our time and energy to improve the local environment, such as participating in local tree plantings. But, by far, the most valuable time I spent while doing community service was leading assemblies for local elementary schools. Even though I had always been extremely shy and refused to put myself in the spotlight, teaching children about issues that I felt were necessary to bring to attention of younger ages gave me confidence to overcome that fear. Seeing changes I had made in a child’s life was the positive outcome of putting my timidity aside for the greater good. Being able to give the experience of a new outlook, very similar to what my own teachers had given to me, became my inspiration to reach more and more people about pressing environmental concerns of current society.
When learning in those science classrooms about the structural components of life, how they work, what they need and use, and both the differences and similarities between each living creature on earth, my concept of beauty grew to consist of so much more than it had before. Simple situations and beings seen every day don’t cause much thought to people passing by, even though each keeps the circle of life carrying on: the big oak tree on the corner of Misty Wood Drive, the yellow-billed magpie chatting up a storm in my backyard, the hawk flying over the grassland in search of it’s next meal. This huge place that we all call home is one big ecological system, where we’re all intertwined and affect each other based on each decision that we make. This made me want to learn as much as I could about protecting it, and spreading knowledge of its critical, fascinating qualities even if they are hard to see at first glance.
Date: December 18, 2010 Views: 5503 File size: 17.1kb, 80.8kb : 720 x 540
Hours Volunteered: 10
Volunteers: 1
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 17
Native Trees Planted: 11
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