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It’s that time of year again! College students from across the country are bidding farewell to summer internships and jobs and are heading back to school. All of the meteorologists here at WeatherWorks have been through the college grind, earning Bachelor of Science degrees with many even achieving a masters. So what light can we shed to current or prospective meteorology students? Read on to find out.
The graph below shows the various universities WeatherWorks meteorologists earned their degree. Living in the Northeast, most of us call Rutgers, Penn State, and Kean University our alma mater.
They say that college is the best 4 years of your life. Personally, it was an opportunity for me to finally study and learn more about the weather. While everyone jokes about meteorology, it is no joke of a major. I had my fair share of all-nighters, studying everything from Vector Calculus to Electricity and Magnetism to Ordinary Differential Equations and much more. Some may underestimate the strong physics and math foundation needed to understand how the atmosphere works.
Whether you are a current meteorology student or interested in pursuing the major, I asked a few members of the WeatherWorks staff about their greatest takeaway from their time at college studying this science. Here are their responses:
Meteorologist Joe Martucci (Bachelor of Science from Rutgers): "My greatest takeaway from college was that if you are nice to everybody, they will be nice back. There were many times walking around Rutgers, where I would greet someone and every once in a while after a short conversation, I would be invited to a function or club that really helped me gain an appreciation for the world around me. Experiencing so many opportunities helped shape the kind of meteorologist I am today."
Meteorologist Brian Marmo (Bachelor of Science from Cornell, Masters from Rutgers): “After studying meteorology in both undergrad and graduate school, I learned that it is never too early to start thinking about what avenue you want to pursue within the field after you graduate. “
Meteorologist Nick Marguccio (Bachelor of Science from Penn State): “Get involved early and often. Join as many clubs and organizations as you can as this is the best way to meet friends, network with professors and discover which career path interests you most. Join the campus weather service or TV network if you want to be a broadcast meteorologist, for instance, and look for internships early (even as early as the first summer after freshman year)”
So if you are a meteorology student off to college, remember to work hard, ask questions and take advantage of all the opportunities at your disposal. This is your time to network and build your resume with internships and research projects. Never lose sight of the big picture and your goals.