Internship with the New York Marine Rescue Center

By: Cody Dateno

I could make this a “How – To” blog post and talk about the millions of fears that incoming freshman may have such as, “How to manage my time effectively”, “How to make friends in college”, or “How to do well academically”, however I feel that sharing my motivations, and passions towards my academics, and my career will be of more significance and hopefully spark the fire within you as well! In the end, “if you have a job that you love, you never have to work a day in your life”.

            My love for the environment came from the oceans. Ever since I was a little girl, I was fascinated by the smelly, slimy, and sometimes sticky creatures that I wound find (or hunt for) on the beach. As I grew older, I had the opportunity of experiencing amazing, underwater phenomena’s such as bioluminescent bays, as well as hands-on experiences like fishing, snorkeling, and various marine mammal sightings, which only enhanced my love and curiosity for the oceans and the environment. A short couple years later, I found myself swimming side-by-side to candy wrappers, plastic bottles, and other plastic items… and I knew I wanted to make a change, and dedicate my life to creating a safer, healthier, and cleaner environment for everyone.

            I am concentrating in Environmental Quality & Restoration because I want the hands-on experience of physically, biologically, and chemically, restoring earth’s natural landscapes back to their most optimal and efficient forms.  In order to aid in my career development, and interests within the oceans, I interned with the New York Marine Rescue Center this past summer. To say the least, this opportunity was so awesome and a great way to start my path from Purdue. Please find my internship poster below, and always feel free to reach out if you have any questions about NRES, life at Purdue, or just want to chat about the environment 😊 Boiler Up, and Hammer Down.

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