This is arguably one of the most challenging times our globe has faced in a long time, and probably one of the hardest times to be graduating and going out into the world. It seems odd that compounded on an already very uncertain time in our lives, the entire world seems to be equally as uncertain. That being said I am very hopeful. I know that for many of us the jobs and internships we had lined up have been postponed, put on hold, or altogether canceled. And that is tough because many of us spent hours laboring over resumes, cover letters, and applications! However, I am confident that the ENVS classmates that I had the privilege of getting to know will persevere through this challenge and take ahold of opportunities that deeply interest them in the future!
And so in pointing towards a very uncertain future, what does it look like? To be honest I am not totally sure. Last week I was really excited to accept an assistant teaching position in the Marine Studies Department of a school in St. Petersburg, Florida, scheduled to begin June 1. To try and remain realistic, I am skeptical that I will be able to go, and that the program will actually begin on June 1 given the current state of the world. However, I feel strongly that my capstone allowed me to apply for this position, and made me feel qualified to apply. It is because of the independent work that my capstone allowed me to do that opened up many doors for jobs and internships in the Marine Sciences. By conducting a capstone that relates so strongly to the work that I hope to pursue, it really complimented my resume and cover letter, and helped complete the story of who I am that I try to convey in my applications.
So, All in All
So, all in all, I am thankful that in my undergrad I was able to engage with a senior capstone, and learn about a very specific issue that so strongly interests me. I am excited that it has pointed me in a direction that I hope to continue to pursue, and that I enjoyed working on it along the way so much! I definitely gained new skills throughout the process as well, in both ArcGIS and temporal analysis methods in Excel. I found the experience very valuable, and I am confident that future employers will also see the value in completing such a project. Even if it’s just to say, look how hard I worked on this!