Where did my fascination with Natural Hazards come from?

As quite a girly girl, having a fascination with quite a scientific subject is not what springs to min for most people! But this interest and passion started when I was 14/15 and on a family holiday to Tenerife where we visited Mount Teide National Park and the volcano. I remember being so intrigued about what our guide was saying that the day turned out to be one of the best of the holiday – up there with Siam Park! We got home and I just spent my days researching about the volcanoes that make up the Canaries and from then on, my love just grew and grew.

Mount Teide (Google Images)

The love became an obsession when one of my A-Level Geography modules was all on tectonic processes, researching major events to create case studies and answering essays on them. It was this module that made me change my mind about what I wanted to do at university. I originally wanted to be a primary school teacher but after looking at what you can do with a geography degree I knew it was my forte. After I finished my second year of university and chose my dissertation subject – my love was just reignited and I had to find a masters degree that allowed me to do what I want to do. Some days I wanted to give up and not chase my dream but I knew I had to.. I would’ve failed if I didn’t make it but..

Here I am, 7 years after the holiday that changed my outlook in life, about to embark on the next step in my career – a degree fully focused on natural hazards and just like that, I’m chasing my dream. It has taken a lot of hard work, tears, tantrums and determination to get to where I am but just remember – your dreams can come true if you believe in yourself.

This just shows that just because I am a girly girl on the outside – obsessed with make up and fashion etc. does not mean that I can’t be interested in something the complete polar opposite. I hope this has inspired others to do what they love and not hide away because ‘it’s not he norm’ as long as you’re happy, f**k what anyone else thinks!


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