My Back Story!

By: louisianaboy444 , 7:24 AM GMT on February 14, 2012

First and foremost, I would like to say that my love for weather has been fundamental in my life since the very beginning. My passion was not something I developed as a kid, but a passion I seemed to be born with. In this paper I will explain my theory about my purpose in this field. I will also discuss what I can do to make these dreams a reality. I will also discuss how ULM can help me reach my goals. I will also add a slight back story before covering the topics required. It might make it a little longer but I hope you enjoy the reading.
The story starts in Cameron Parish, Louisiana on June 27, 1957. Francis Menard, a fisherman and my Maternal Great-Grandfather, was doing some last minute fishing before an approach of a tropical storm the next day. Shock was endured on the town when a Category 4 hurricane plowed through the region 12 hours earlier than was predicted. The search were survivors was ongoing when my great-grandfather was found. He had drowned. He was identified by the wallet that was still in his pocket, a wallet that contain a picture of his only daughter whom he had not developed much of a relationship with. This little girl is still alive, she is my grandmother. She read about her father’s death in the local newspaper. He was buried on June 29, 1957, which just happens to be my birthday.
With death came new life and I believe that new life was me. The reason my great-grandfather died and could never have a relationship with his daughter was because he was not warned of an approaching storm. Is it a coincidence that I was born to want to be a meteorologist? I do not think so. I believe it is my calling to be a meteorologist to somehow give my grandmother some satisfaction knowing that I will avenge his death by making sure tragedies such as these are few and far between.
I started off in the 2002 as my middle school’s meteorologist. We had our own personal school station televised from the library. I did the morning weather reports. My dream took me through high school and landed me at ULM. I have endured some ups and downs being away from family and friends back home, but I have maintained a pretty healthy GPA. My worst fears after graduating is not being able to find a job. I am trying to do everything I can do to better my resume. Examples would be becoming a peer leader, on-campus tutoring, and research. I would certainly hope to go to graduate school at Texas A&M but I fear I may not have a body work that is good enough. I spent the first years of my college career working 30 hours a week. This gave me little time to participate in school functions. Now that I do not work I am hoping to try and get some opportunities that will help my chances at graduate school. This is why I was so dominate about wanting to do some kind of research project before I graduate. I am trying my best to pick up my GPA and I will try and get a good score on the GRE. If I do not get into graduate school then apparently it is not meant to be.
I am hoping to do some forecasting in my career. I know that I have the people skills and the forecast knowledge to achieve this. I do some private forecasting for weather blogs so I do have some experience in that field. I am hoping my internship over the summer helps me gain guidance as to how a career in television would be. I am hoping to get a job somewhere in the deep south where I would not have to be far away from home. I would love to work night shifts since I am a night owl. I plan on starting out in the 25,000-30,000 a year range but hope to achieve at least 60,000 before I eventually retire. I would hope to work my way up to a Chief Meteorologist wherever I end up. Money is not important to me in this field, as long as I get to do what I love. I believe I have what it takes to be a great forecaster in the field because I do not just look at maps and read forecast discussions. I truly enjoy and love what I do. My passion can come off strong, but this is just my attitude. I play big or I go home.
In five years, simply I just want to be happy and loving whatever it is I may be doing. You were right in the sense that we do not have a crystal ball, and I think life gets too tough when you try to sway it to much. I have hopes and dreams that I hope I can achieve in this field, but whether it be graduate school or starting off somewhere as an intern, I know that one day I will get my shot. I do hope I can find me a woman that will stick by me through a career of having to move from place to place. In five years, whatever it is I may be doing, I hope that I am on the right track.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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