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Emily True at GSA Connects 2021Emily True’s career path was honed by her OTF experience, and she now knows what field of geology she wants to do for the rest of her life. Emily is now prepared to finish her undergraduate degree with more focus and confidence. 

What was the most impactful aspect of your OTF experience?

The most impactful aspect of my OTF experience was being able to meet like-minded individuals and find opportunities with these people outside of the conference and in the future.

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

My mentorship experience was fantastic! Although it was difficult to get a mentor until right before the conference. Regardless, I ended up with a mentor who was perfect for me in the current position I am in life and my career. We met twice over our time at the GSA conference, and both times, we had invigorating conversations about geology, life, and career paths. I would absolutely consider returning as a mentor once getting a little more life experience.

How do you see OTF influencing or impacting your future?

OTF helped me narrow down the field of geology that I want to do for the rest of my life. Because of this, I’m able to finish my undergraduate degree with more focus and confidence that I will have a successful future

What would you like to say to donors thinking about supporting programs like OTF?

OTF gave me an opportunity to better my future and the trajectory of my career path. Not only did it provide me with networking opportunities, but it also provided me with new knowledge by sitting in the lectures, attending the poster sessions, and having conversations with people I met along the way. Without OTF, I would not have been able to attend this conference and broaden my understanding of the field. I look forward to continuing my involvement in GSA, and I want to thank the past donors who made this experience possible.


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