California Part 2: Remembering My love for Science at the California Academy of Sciences

I believe we are born curious.

Were you ever interested in science? Well, I used to love science. I distinctly remember wanting to learn more about biology, animals, and nature. Unfortunately, for me, those embers did eventually die as a middle schooler. I didn’t know any Latina scientists with my cultural background and I found it hard seeing myself as a scientist. Looking back now, I would’ve told young me to study whatever she wanted, but as a middle school girl seeking a sense of belonging and a desire to fit in, pursuing science would’ve done the opposite.

That curiosity did follow me as an undergrad when I took a course titled “Chemistry and Society” which I totally loved. It made chemistry real and accessible. Then, in graduate school I pursued my love of astronomy and read many articles on the biological sciences.

Although a career in science was not in my future, I love that I can still enjoy the beauties of science in museums and every day life. To me, science is about being curious. It is about being so curious that you will do whatever possible to understand the why and how of something. Science truly is for everyone.

I am thankful for places like the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco that ignites excitement of the world and reminds us of our childlike curiosity.

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much love to you,
Olivia

 

EXPLORING OTHER WORLDS

When I was 10 years old I was newly arrived in the US from my home country of Venezuela. I remember my teacher at school referred me to a Saturday program where I would learn all sorts of things in a hands-on way. One time the program was scheduled in the evening and was sponsored by NASA.

I didn’t know much at all about astronomy or what NASA was, but I remember they showed us how to make telescopes from cardboard tubes and glass pieces, and then we went outside to look at the moon. To this day, I still remember how blown away I was to look at the moon from a telescope I had made. It was that day, that I fell in love with everything having to do with astronomy.

Fast forward quite a few years later and I am still as mesmerized, if not more, by the skies above us. I spend all my free time reading all the books I can carry (literally) out of the library.

The other day, after many years of wanting to get a closer look at the moon I purchased my very first telescope! I ordered a Celestron Travelscope online and to be honest it is soooo good. It’s super easy to assemble, it’s lightweight, meant for travel, and even comes with a backpack! If you’re in the market or even considering a telescope – this is a great starter scope. The other night I went outside and got a look at the moon and almost cried. I swear. It’s mind blowing to think that we sent humans there.

I can’t wait until we can leave this planet and explore other worlds. Until then, I have a telescope and a lot of books. And that’s what I’ll explore other worlds with.

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Pursue what you love. You’ll realize that you’ve loved that for a very long time,
Olivia

// photography by Olivia //
**This post was not sponsored by Celestron- these are just my personal opinions **

JACOB’S POINT SALT MARSH, RHODE ISLAND

Have you ever heard of a Salt Marsh? Well, a salt marsh is something most people don’t know about because it doesn’t look like anything special. It’s just an open piece of land near the ocean (or bay) that has tall grass and is usually pretty muddy. Although seemingly unimportant, healthy salt marshes provide A LOT of benefits for those living near them. Unfortunately, for many years salt marshes were used as landfills and covered up because people didn’t know what they were for.

Thankfully, today we know that salt marshes are overflowing with benefits! For example, they act as nurseries for fish. This literally means that fish come to salt marshes and lay their eggs! This helps local businesses, restaurants, and fishermen. Salt Marshes also provide protection from flooding and storms because the soil soaks up a lot of water. They are a huge benefit for the environment as they provide a lot of nutrients and living space for the animals living there.

I really value living somewhere that values the environment. I encourage you to check out your local parks, trails, and salt marshes (if there’s any around you!) Supporting it will keep it around.

The salt marsh below is Jacob’s Point in Warren, Rhode Island.

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Always,

Olivia

// post and photos by Olivia //