Why I chose to do my doctoral work in geography

It started when I was in grade 3.  Me and my friend Robbie used to go straight home after school and the first thing we did when we got to Robbie’s house was go to his room and get out the National Geographic Atlas of the World.  Robbie lived close to ET Kenney school in Terrace, BC, where I grew up, so we didn’t have to wait long.  We walked fast telling stories or jokes or having deep conversations along the way.

Encouraged by the best teacher I ever had, Ms. T (now Mrs. S) Robbie and I developed a love of geography.  When she would ask the class “what do you want to be when you grow up?” and kids would raise their hands Robbie and I always had our hands up first and we always answered (not quite in unison, since Robbie was outgoing and I was shy) “CARTOGRAPHER!” (more…)

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