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.