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Some people take a lot of time to figure out what they want for a career. Me, by the time I got to third grade I was certain mine was going to be science, and I never wavered. My undergrad degree was Natural Science (chemistry/math/physics). My Master's in Civil Engineering made my dad unreasonably proud, since he was also a civil engineer, as was Dan. But my entire career ended up being about water. I was classified more on the environmental side of engineering than the building-things side, studying water quality and water supply and pollution cleanup, with job titles like hydrologist, environmental engineer, and senior environmental scientist. Having a science career that also helped protect and/or clean up the environment, that was totally congruent with my values and my priorities. When in addition to a career about water, I started living on the water in our sailboat, and recreating under water with our new scuba diving certification, well, that was probably the ultimate congruence!
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