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    College,  Education,  Learning Resources,  Volunteering

    5 Productive Activities For Aspiring Marine Biologists This Summer

    Summer is a time to kick back and relax, relish the good weather, and get caught up on those nitpicking tasks you’ve pushed off all year long. However, it’s also an opportune time to get ahead as a student. Whether that be taking summer classes or starting a summer internship, you now have some time to focus on some career-making moves. To excel in your career while also enhancing your marine biology knowledge and summer experience, consider these 5 summer activities. 1. Catch Up On the Documentaries You’ve Been Meaning to Watch No matter where you turn, it seems like everyone is talking about that one documentary with the octopus.…

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    College,  Education

    7 College Classes to Jumpstart a Monumental Marine Biology Career

    Between the random runs for ice cream at 2 in the morning and hanging out with your new dorm friends, college is first and foremost about taking college classes. Thankfully, in marine biology, you have the privilege of taking some of the coolest classes out there (of course, alongside the obligatory, dreaded weed out classes). To start your career off on the right foot, it’s vitally important to choose these classes strategically. For instance, if you envision working with marine mammals, it would be helpful to take classes related to marine mammal biology. Or, if plankton interests you, consider taking classes in microbiology or oceanography. Perhaps, you’re not totally sure…

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    College,  Education

    10 Practical Reasons You Should Join a Marine Biology Club

    Just as you’re running late to your next class, someone passes you a marine biology club flyer. Instead of slipping it in your pocket, as you did with the hundreds of the other flyers thrown your way, you give it a second glance. Perhaps, this club is the one. For many students, clubs are the heart of college. With clubs, you can make new connections and build a community of people with similar interests. In my experience, joining a marine biology club opened me up to far more opportunities and friendships than simply sitting in class. Just going along with the everyday academic routine in college is not enough; it’s…

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    College,  Education,  Finance

    5 Foolproof College Tips to Save Money and the Ocean

    Let’s face it: college is expensive, and if you’re trying to save money, it can get challenging at times. As you navigate your degree in marine biology, the cost of books, housing, food, and classes can mount. Therefore, maximizing your budget and time is vitally important. To ensure you’re keeping a good eye on your financial health, give these 5 tips a try, and save money today. 1. Master the art of budgeting. At the heart of every money-saving story is a budget. Perhaps, you’ve dabbled in building a budget before, or, maybe, it’s a mysterious and foreign concept. Regardless, budgeting can be one of the most powerful tools to…

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    Choosing a College,  College,  Education

    7 Best Colleges for Marine Biology on the West Coast

    If you’ve ever wanted to travel to picturesque beaches and cities, study on the sand, or scuba dive in magnificent kelp forests, marine biology may be your destination ticket. Where there’s marine biology, there’s usually water, and where there’s water, there’s often awe-inspiring research opportunities, scenic landscapes waiting to be explored, and some of the best colleges for science. The west coast is home to beautiful backdrops and prestigious colleges. As a marine biology student, you may even feel like you’re on vacation most of the time (at least when you’re not toiling with the headaches and tribulations of gen ed chem class). Choosing the right college is an essential…

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    Careers,  College,  Education,  Research

    10 Lessons I Learned From Undergrad Research

    As a wide-eyed freshman just learning the ropes, I had no idea how research worked or even where to start. However, once I learned the basics, things started to fall into place, and I embarked on one of the most impactful experiences of my undergrad career. Undergrad research is the best first step if you’re considering grad school. In grad school, marine bio will demand hours of diligent research and lab work. Having a couple years of research under your belt will help with applications and establishing credibility early on. Even if you’re not considering grad school, undergrad research will give you a strategic advantage in any lab classes you…

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    College,  Education

    15 Things I Wish I Knew About Studying Marine Bio In College

    “You’re studying marine bio? That sounds like fun.” Yep. You’ll hear that nearly every time you tell people what you study. And, yes it is fun, but there is some stuff you should know. Like any science, marine bio involves heavy amounts of chemistry, physics, lab work, and field work. College can be an invigorating opportunity to meet new people, form connections, study what you want to study, and revel in the freedom of adulthood. Doing all of this with your major in mind, though, is key. The School Side of Things 1. Take advantage of office hours and befriend your professor and TAs (or, at the very least, let…