Being a geologist is far more than studying rocks. In fact, it’s also much more than the hard sciences of biology, chemistry, calculus and physics that it combines into one great discipline. What geology really is, at the core of it all, is a science that helps us understand the earth and decipher how we as humans can help sustain it and benefit us all.
One of the most beneficial sub-disciplines in geology is what is referred to as hydrogeology or hydrology. That is what I intend to become: a hydrologist. Hydrologists study how water flows through the earth. By doing this I can bring clean water to those in need in places like much of the continent of Africa where clean water is at a premium, therefore increasing the overall health and survival of the population.
The first goal to achieve this dream is quite obviously to get through my undergraduate degree with a GPA above a 3.5. Having the high GPA would ensure admission into a good graduate school where I can then complete my masters in Hydrology. This would allow me the best opportunity to find employment in a top level company working on the problems I intend to help solve.
By completing these smaller goals I can then focus on the challenge of hydrating thousands of people who may only have water from a virus ridden, dirty well to quench their thirst. It will save lives one gulp at a time.