Greetings, Teen Earthlings!
When I was a young earthling myself, this was my favorite book to read (or pretend to read – or just look at the shiny pictures and maps):
This is a 1968 edition of The Reader’s Digest Great World Atlas. It belonged to my great-grandmother (something of which my mother still won’t let me forget). When I got my grubby little hands on it, it was already 15 or so years out of date and it’s even more amazing to look through now. Don’t let the picture fool you, this is a beast of a book. It’s about 11″ by 16″ and hard-covered. Imagine a small child trying to tote this around with her… In any case, it is chock-full of maps, information on our solar system (yes, including Pluto), and other science-y bits.
I suppose you would be accurate in saying that I was very much into the Earth and ever-curious at how it all worked together right from the beginning. I’m sure my father was proud – him being a “tiger dad” and all. However, that was fairly short-lived since I had no freaking clue what I was going to do with my life while growing up. I went from pre-law (attending a magnet high school specifically designed for it), to possibly military service, forensics & criminology, psychology, fashion design (biggest waste of my money EVER), elementary education (then I remembered small kids like to crap their pants), geography, and now I am currently a geology major. Actually, I would be doubling in geology and astronomy, but the university I currently attend only has two astronomy courses: Intro to Astronomy and Stellar Physics. Awesome.
It took me quite a long time to figure out how to link up what I am interested in to what I am actually good at. Sure, I’m very much interested in the arts, but my drawing skills would be best fit for a Cyanide and Happiness strip (love them, though)! I’m sure that many people struggle to find that connection and never do. If I could ever offer a piece of “wisdom”, it would be relating to this. It had taken me the better part of a decade to try out all sorts of different paths to find one that stuck and I’ve learned that it is far more satisfying to work towards something you love doing, even if it takes you a little bit longer.
When I am not buried in a mineralogy text or drawing out map cross-sections, I can be found doing all sorts of random things. I take care of 10+ cats (including the two belonging to my boyfriend) and if I ended up an old hermit in the woods with a “crazy cat lady” label I’d be perfectly happy. I enjoy the occasional MMORPG and have both World of Warcraft and Everquest II accounts active. I love photography, and unless I can’t take a snapshot of something I am writing about, I will be most likely using my own here. I also just started a garden (well, another one) to complement my love for cooking and have been getting into back episodes of Battlestar Galactica, Top Gear, and Deadwood.
I am very excited to be a part of this “revival” of Teen Skepchick, and although I am no longer a teen, I hope I am able to entertain and relay information as if I still were. I’m sure I am not alone when I say that I would love to know what you all are interested in so that we can collectively make this the go-to site for younger skeptics around the world. So long for now, I must get back to my maps and cats. Caps? Mats? Sigh.. nevermind!