Mars is the greatest of opportunities for humankind; the chance to begin again and do it right this time.Andre Anders
What I do on Mars
As a geochemist, I use the tools and principles of chemistry to explain the mechanisms behind various geological systems on Mars. When humanity needed safe places to build housing on Mars, I mapped stable lava tubes that provide radiation protection. Although sometimes unnoticed, rocks give us clues to great discoveries. The soil on Mars is a book that documented the history of Mars as well as our future.
I could not believe the sparkling, shiny bit inside the rock, you understand? I dug up more and more and chipped away at them to find more of these beautiful things. It was not long until my room was full of rocks. I read every book on rocks that I could find, yes? I even tried to write my own about the rocks I found!
My cousin came to visit one day and I wanted to show off my rock collection, you know? I stuffed as many rocks as I could fit into my pockets and ran to greet her. My pocket tore from all the rocks, yes? As you can imagine, my mother was very mad! I was grounded for a week. And my cousin wasn’t very impressed, either. I did not care then and I do not now. I love rocks and I’ve made a career out of studying them. I’m respected for it, you know? Rocks have been very good to me.
My first piece of advice would be to discover where your passion truly lies. Science is a great career for thinking about things that nobody else has thought of before. If you do it right, people will pay you to do what you love!
My second piece of advice is that you should get a great general background in the geosciences and other areas of math and science as an undergraduate. Don’t specialize in any particular sub-discipline until graduate school. Here is my last advice: participate in fieldwork as much as you can. The experiences in the field is invaluable to your studies and to your later career.
My Role Model
|What I Do||Use the tools and principles of chemistry to explain the mechanisms behind various geological systems and phenomena on Mars|
|Skills||Using maps and various devices to solve chemical problems|
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