I want to welcome you to my blog. This feels like the first day of class when the professor asks everyone to stand up, say your name, your program, your year, and something interesting about yourself. How do you decide? Do you stick with the easy stuff like “Hi, I’m Megan. I’m in my second year in the STEM Education Doctoral Program. I’m from Indiana, I have two sisters, and a cat”? Or do you get a little more interesting and tell everyone “Hi, I’m Megan. I’m in my second year in the STEM Education Doctoral Program. Last year I got to swim with a whale shark”?
Either way it goes, by the time your turn is over and you’re half way around the room you think of a really cool story you wish you had told. That’s sort of how I feel writing this first blog post. However, the great thing here, as opposed to class, is that I get to tell as many stories I want.
What am I going to talk about?
All the blog posts about writing blog posts (yes, I did some research on this) say you need to write about what you know and what you’re passionate about. So this blog is going to cover a variety of topics such as informal science education, career paths, being a graduate student, and professional development. The reasoning behind those topics stems from by background and my current career.
I spent a decade as a marine science educator teaching in aquariums. In that time I learned a lot about working in the field, programming and curriculum development, and professional development. As well as how to play with a lot of really cool animals.
Thanks to my experience in informal education, I was accepted into the STEM Education doctoral program at North Carolina State University. Now I am immersed in all things graduate school: classes, research, conferencing, networking, and everything in between. So look for posts giving insight into the world of academia as I know it.
So whether you’re looking for information on how to start a career in informal science education or want to know how to survive graduate school, I’m glad you’re here. Tell me a little about yourself in the comments along with what sort of topics you’d like to see covered related to STEM education and grad school.
Until next time,