I get it all the time, why are you (do you want to be) a meteorologist and not a ‘fill in the blank?’
For the longest time my answer was, “because it’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do.”
As I’ve grown older, I’ve thought about it a lot and come up with a lot of different answers.
The easiest answer to all of it is, I wanted (still do) to BE Gary England. People always laugh when I say that, but it’s always been my dream.
Why Gary England… because he’s the weather God and probably controls all of the weather in Oklahoma? haha while that may be the case, there’s a lot more to it.
He’s fun! He’s funny when the weather isn’t life-threatening, he’s serious but calm when the weather is severe, he’s trustworthy, he’s nice… on top of all of that, HE HELPS PEOPLE.
That’s it! I’m a meteorologist because I want to HELP PEOPLE.
For me, it’s not because I enjoy the thrill of chasing a tornado (in fact, that’s not my thing at ALL), it’s not because I want to be on TV, or because I LOVE math. It’s because I saw Gary England helping thousands of people on a regular basis and I wanted to do that.
My major is in meteorology and my minor is in nonprofit studies. (Yes, that exists & was PERFECT for me!)
Maybe you’re thinking, meteorologists don’t help people! Well, I believe they do.
On a regular day, people are getting dressed for work. I don’t want them to get rained on without an umbrella or have to run into work because they left their coat at home. I get to HELP PEOPLE get ready for their day.
Birthday parties, soccer games, weddings everyone wants to know what the weather is going to be like so they can plan, I get to HELP with that.
And the days that I get to HELP PEOPLE the most are the severe weather days. Blizzards, floods, tornadoes, Oklahoma has it all and lots of opportunities to… you guessed it HELP PEOPLE.
So as much as I dislike severe weather and as much as my heart hurts when I’m watching tornadoes rip through our state, I know that the very best thing I can do is to work hard and try to keep people ahead of the storm.
So, thank you to Gary England for showing me how to HELP PEOPLE. He inspired me to follow this dream, but he also stepped in and hired me as an intern. He taught me the ropes then sent me out to achieve my goals. I’m thankful for his mentor-ship and his friendship and for giving me the skills and knowledge to HELP PEOPLE.