Encounter with a Marine Biology Professor

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What was the speaker's original major before switching to marine biology?

Journalism

Who did the speaker meet while hitchhiking that influenced their decision to change majors?

Dr. Fred Clogston

What convinced the speaker to take the marine biology class despite the prerequisites?

The professor assured them they would do fine

What grade did the speaker receive in the marine biology class?

B

Why did the speaker declare journalism as their major originally?

It was the best fit for their interests at the time

What was a significant factor that contributed to the speaker's decision to change majors?

Their lack of excitement about their current major

What class did Dr. Fred Clogston teach at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo?

Marine Biology

What was the speaker's initial reason for not taking the marine biology class at Cal Poly?

The class required many science prerequisites.

In what location did the speaker's parents move to approximately one year after the speaker changed their major?

Philippines

What grade did the speaker receive in Dr. Fred Clogston's marine biology class?

B

Which of the following was NOT a reason that influenced the speaker's decision to change majors?

'A' grade in marine biology class

What was the speaker's original major before switching to marine biology?

Journalism

Study Notes

The Author's Career Change

  • The author was a sophomore journalism major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1976
  • The author hitchhiked home from classes and got a ride with Dr. Fred Clogston, a marine biology professor
  • The author changed majors from journalism to marine biology after being encouraged by Dr. Clogston to take his class despite not meeting the prerequisites

Factors Contributing to the Career Change

  • The author was not excited about their current major in journalism, which they had chosen as a best fit at the time
  • The author had been looking for a new major due to lack of excitement in their current field
  • The author's parents moved to the Philippines in 1977, which sealed the deal for the author's transition to marine biology

Read a narrative about an encounter with a marine biology professor while hitchhiking home from classes, sparking interest in the subject. Learn about the interaction and the potential journey into marine biology.

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