Sarah Blaido, University of North Texas

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Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Graduation Date: May 12, 2018
Not Counted Because: Transferred

I started at a community college to save money and decide which educational path to take. This seemed like the smartest option at the time, since I have paid for my entire education out-of-pocket or with the help of scholarships and grants. I transferred because I needed to acquire a bachelor’s degree to gather the required skills to pursue the career of my choice. I chose the University of North Texas because of its recent accreditation as a Carnegie Tier One Research Institution.

After graduation, I plan on taking a year off to work and narrow my research focus. Right now, I am fairly certain I wants to pursue a Ph.D. in entomology, ecology, or zoology. My research interests lie in freshwater ecology, and using insects as bioassessment tools. I am also planning on attending research conferences like the Society of Freshwater Science meeting to gain more insight into what is currently being done.

I see my degree not just as a ticket to a better job, but a significant achievement. A degree is evidence that I didn’t give up when I could have. It is a certificate saying I have gained the skills needed to be a biologist. It is also a stepping stone to my next big journey: graduate school. A college degree means I am one step closer to the things I want out of life, and what I want to give back. A degree is encouragement to go further and keep learning.