She explains in her story how she pursued her fascination for marine science through middle and high school, even as her family, who emigrated from Medellín, Colombia—a mountainous region far from the sea—expressed a few worries (“You could get lost at sea! You might get eaten by a shark!”).
As the first in her family to attend college, she also has had to explain to her relatives why she is determined to pursue marine biology, a somewhat out-of-the-ordinary career path.
Though city buildings were more prominent in her childhood than beaches and coral reefs, this year she’ll graduate from Bowdoin with an environmental studies and biology degree. As a junior, she received two prestigious science scholarships.
But storytelling, while its power is simple and straightforward, can be hard to do, Navarro said. So the three-part series will start with a storytelling workshop at the Schiller Coastal Studies Center in early November. The workshop will be taught by Senior Writer-in-Residence Anthony Walton.
“Anthony Walton has been great because he has been excited to help us, and he taught an environmental stories class in the past,” Navarro said.
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