Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Middletown High Grad Lives Her Dream as Scientist

Dr. Nicole Raineault,
Nicole Raineault graduated in 2002 from Middletown High School. Raineault was an award winning swimmer and band student in those days. Today she has her phd. and recently did a live question and answer session online. Dr. Raineault is a research scientist currently employed by the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

Raineault was apart of an exclusive team of scientists, engineers, and educators, who lead by Dr. Robert Ballard and Dr. Katherine Croff Bell of the Ocean Exploration Trust, charted the Aegean, Black, and Mediterranean Seas in the summer of 2012 aboard the EN Nautilus.

View the whole interview at the link below. In the article featured on the site, Dr. Raineault talks about her career,  how she achieved her dreams, and advice for students. Middletown is proud of you Nicole!

"What advice would you give a student interested in pursuing your career?
Don’t let anything stop you from pursuing your dreams. You can overcome any obstacle, from difficulties in subjects like math and chemistry, to living far away from the oceans through hard work and determination. Don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to scientists. Look for opportunities to volunteer or work in the fields that interest you. If you look for opportunities and work hard the possibilities are limitless.
What advice would you give students in general?
Talk to your teachers and professors about how to reach your goals and develop your interests. They can help guide your course, present you with opportunities to pursue your interests, and provide encouragement when things are tough. Work through the things that are hard -- something that seems scary at first might be something you excel in or love doing."

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