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The OTF program gave Sabrina Lanker an opportunity to build her network and future that is still paying dividends for her today.

What was the most impactful aspect of your OTF experience?

The most impactful aspects were definitely attending a Division meeting and meeting with my mentor. I met a professor in the Division meeting that I am hoping to work with for grad school and we have been in contact still!

What do you remember most from GSA 2022?

I remember making my life map including where I came from, where I am now, and my future goals. This was a super reflective exercise for me and it made me feel so proud of where I came from and where I am now. I was almost brought to tears when I presented my map to my group. I can’t wait to see what the future brings.

What was your mentorship experience like? Would you consider returning to serve as a mentor?

My mentor was amazing! We met at the conference and went to dinner, where we talked about everything from grad school to navigating relationships and family life with a career in science. She really inspired me and made me want to pursue a career in geosciences. I would definitely consider being a mentor in the future.

Why should donors support programs like OTF?

Donors should support this program because it allows people who would otherwise not be able to attend a conference to attend, network, and unlock future opportunities.


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