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Inspiration: Pass It On

Sep 18, 2007, 04:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gabrielle Roth)

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"When I was young, I spent my free time at the local creek, finding as many different kinds of frogs as I could; exchanging messages with my friends on the block in codes I'd invented; or disappearing up a tree with my latest library book so I could read in peace. I didn't really fit in with the girls my age and there were few female role models available to me. But then I met Mrs. Roberts, my tenth grade biology teacher. She was smart, cool, and took no BS from anyone. I was absolutely enchanted with the view through a microscope, and I decided I wanted to be a scientist just like her: designing intriguing experiments and maybe even discovering a new microorganism or plant. Plus, she got to wear a lab coat every day, and how cool is that? I graduated from Virginia Tech with a biology degree, and went on to spend several years at my dream job as an immunologist/microbiologist in a Federal food safety lab.

"I made the leap to IT when I moved to Oregon and got a writing/web design internship, which I turned into a network management position, filling a few diverse roles: network engineer, database administrator, programmer, sometime technical writer and systems administrator..."

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