About 8 months ago I graduated from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science with a Masters. January and February had me excited and looking forward to new beginnings as I moved back to Southern California. Enter the pandemic! As the months passed and quarantine began, those excitements turned into fears and looking forward became more difficult. These days, I often find myself looking back. I have thoughts of what ifs. I have days where I don’t want to get out of bed and am reminded of days of my worst depression. The type of days where I feel like I’m going to an unemployed anonymous group meeting.
Hi, everyone my name is Alexia and I am a 24-year-old marine conservationist whose unemployed and hungry to get out and communicate the importance of our marine world to the public.
I have thoughts like, "what if I had majored in PR or marketing, maybe even a more practical science, maybe engineering or something in the medical field?" I think maybe I would be making more money or be farther along in my career. Then again, maybe I wouldn’t love my career as much or be as passionate about it. But lately its hard to maintain the passion for marine science and conservation when my days are filled with job applications and trying to stand out in the crowd of people who care about our oceans.