For a while now, I’ve been wanting to go back to my high school and talk about the importance of going to college and leaving our town. Not to just the fifty honor society members along with the twenty other alumni coming back fighting to speak, but to all the 3600 sophomores through seniors that make up Brentwood High School. Whenever I’ve been back home, I went back up to my high school and said how much I wanted to do this, and how I thought this would be a possible way to maybe encourage a handful of students to want to go to college. They all brushed me off with “yeah that’s great, I’ll get back to you.” But I kept on coming back every break, and emailing them. And with the amazing help of my guidance counselor, my high school finally agreed to having the assembly I will organize.
Sorry to sound like a stalker, but I read a few months back that you helped another anon with environmental research advice. I know that this is proabably a general question, but how did you get started on your project? What made you use oil eating bacteria? I mean where do you even find oil eating bacteria, haha? Sorry, but I don't even know where / how to begin a project but I really want to start.
hahaa don’t worry at all.
When I was a sophomore, a senior won a grant to work on a oil remediation project and she was focusing on using clams (I think?). I became a part of the project when she graduated, and we shifted towards bacteria when me and my two partners took the project over. We chose bacteria because there was research done previously that showed that there were several types of bacteria that were able to effectively degrade oil. We actually got the bacteria from the company hahaa. Since we worked in a lab, our mentor was able to go to a company that has oil eating bacteria (there’s actually companies that do hahaa), and get them for us.
The best way to get started is the figure out what interests you be that environmental science, chemistry, etc. Once you figured that out, I would say go to your local university’s website, and find faculty under that department and see what research they are doing. Maybe read an article (or abstract…) or two, and email them saying that you’re interested in their work and ask if it would be possible to work in the lab. It seems so daunting, but there are high school students doing research and (some) labs really like working with young students who are really interested in the field.
Best of luck with it! If you need any more information, don’t hesitate to ask :)
“Racism was created - it can be destroyed. It isn’t human nature; it is something you have to learn. Anything you can learn, you can unlearn and you can refuse to teach it”—Jane Elliott, 1999 (via quiet-violence)
I can’t even fully put it into words, but meeting and talking to so many beyond incredible Latinos who are doing such ridiculously fantastic things makes me so proud and it inspires me so much. With just the Puerto Rican alumni alone practically all of them went to law school, are currently fighting for social justice, are attorneys, judges, organizers for non-profits, you name it they did it. Even with such amazing accomplishments, they were all down to earth. The entire time I talked to any of them, I felt like I was talking to one of my titis or uncles. They kept on saying we are all family, and it really did feel like it.