Hello! It’s late and I’m quite tired, so please excuse any lack of sense-make in this post. The story of why I chose geology in the first place isn’t really worth telling, but I can tell you is that I have never been more satisfied with a decision in my life. In addition to being a very practical and employable profession, the geosciences have completely changed my perspective on the world around me. Personally, I’ve always had an affinity for stories, and with every passing day I feel like the true story of our universe becomes more complete. Just thinking back on everything I’ve learned in the past few years is overwhelming!
I think what I appreciate most about geology is that the topics we cover are not restricted to any sort of physical scale, nor are they limited to any particular time. Our studies range in size from microscopic minerals and biosignatures to large-scale processes such as plate tectonics and planetary formation. We investigate the origin of the universe, present-day processes, and everything in between (andthere’s a lot in between). What I’m trying to say is that there’s no way you’ll get bored because the topics are SO DIVERSE.
If you’re in search of the perfect blend of biology, physics, chemistry, and outdoor adventure, look no further. Geoscientists compile evidence from all disciplines of science to paint a picture of how things were and why things are. We also have field schools, which are AWESOME.
I could go on and on about why geo is for cool kids, but… It’s 3:30 AM and I have to wake up in a few hours for a biostratigraphy lab. (In which I will identify various fossils with characteristic age ranges, interpret the past environments in which they were found, and formulate a theory to explain the geologic history of the area in question. Sounds pretty cool, am I right?).
Hope this helps. Good luck with your studies! -Ryan