Back to College

By MAP Environmental Inc. | September 29, 2021

The Fall semester is now well underway and college campuses are bustling with students, faculty and staff. After more than a year of the pandemic, it is indeed a joy and pleasure to see students – graduate and undergraduate – back to school.

At my alma mater, Old Dominion University, the College of Sciences (COS), continues to offer excellent education and superior experience to its students.  Further, in spite of the pandemic, the University continually reaches out to its alumni for advice, ideas and recommendations for improving the experience and helping shape the professional careers.


For instance, the University and COS solicited input from its Ocean and Earth Science graduates for advice for its current students.  Using a simple questionnaire, alumni were polled a few questions about their professional experience, success and opportunities for the ocean and earth science majors.

To that end, our company and its ODU alum participated in a limited survey and questionnaire.  The following Information was shared with the COS and published in the University’s recent newsletter.

How has being an Ocean & Earth Sciences graduate from ODU helped shape your professional success?

It afforded me a tremendous opportunity to network with professionals who came from the same program. To this day, I am still networking and sharing success stories with many fellow ODU alumni in the environmental profession.

What advice would you give to current Monarchs in Ocean & Earth Sciences?

 First, find and maintain relationship with a good strong mentor. Second, build a rapport and networking with your fellow oceanography classmates and maintain that connection through your professional career. Lastly, always seek out academic and professional educational opportunities (seminars, workshops, etc.).

As alumni with a vested interest in the success of Old Dominion University, we hope the above information is helpful for our students and provides direction and a positive direction for our ocean and earth science majors.