Ever since I was 3 and learned to “catch” fish by dropping tiny pieces of hot dog into a net and scooping up fish hungry enough to wander into my net, I have been enthralled with fish! Becoming an eagle scout and teaching others how to catch and release at various camps I volunteered at (unless it was a tasty catfish or walleye!) made me realize my summer fishing experience would hopefully turn into a career. I am pursuing a biology major with an emphasis in fisheries and wildlife. I feel we need to care for our waterways, and find ways to eliminate the Asian carp and zebra mussels so that our fish can not merely survive, but thrive. I also believe it is wrong to “keep” a fish you are not going to feed yourself or family with as someone/something else will surely need this down the food chain. I plan to provide the best habitat possible for our fish and wildlife so the fish/wildlife population can continue to prosper and our world can continue to be nourished by healthy food. I realize that state and federal funding is continually being reduced for supporting our fisheries, hatcheries and national parks, and consequently there will be fewer opportunities for employment in these areas. Nonetheless, I intend to stay the course and do whatever I can to insure that these natural resources remain healthy and abundant for generations.