According to my parents, I have been ready to be a meteorologist since I was a toddler. Apparently, I used to sit in my room and watch the clouds. My interest in meteorology has not waned: I obtained my undergraduate degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma, where I am now a master’s degree student in that field. My research involves taking rainfall data from rain gauges and combining that data with rainfall estimates obtained from Doppler radar. It is my job as a scientist to test the validity of the matter and attempt to mitigate the possible effects of a changing climate.
As a Native American (Comanche), it is important for me to benefit my community. I also feel that it’s extremely important to protect the environment. With this project, I am helping to preserve the ideals of my ancestors, even if it is benefiting a tribe different from my own.
When I complete my master’s degree, my goal is to continue my education toward a PhD. After I complete school, I hope to use my knowledge to help in the mitigation of meteorological disasters. I would also like to contribute to my tribe, since they have granted me scholarships, which are available to all tribal members. I do not want to be a tribal member who only takes; I want to be someone who also gives back.
My advice to other students is to not give up. If you decide that you no longer want to pursue your current field of study, think hard about it, and change majors if you need to before quitting. Most sciences are not easy, but if you want something bad enough and are persistent, you can succeed. It is also okay and not unusual to be unsure about what you want in your future, regardless of your age. Lastly, family, friends, and mentors are important to have in life. Without their continual encouragement and advice, I know I would have given up by now.
University of Oklahoma, School of Meteorology
Anthony conducts research at the National Severe Storms Laboratory
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