Mariette's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Team T.B.D.

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 10

  • ON DVD:

MARIETTE DICHRISTINA

Editor in Chief
Scientific American

“If you're bored, you're doing something wrong. Stay curious and stay passionate.”

INTERESTS:

Journalism Science

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Negativity Risk Transitions Choices Self-Reflection Support & Encouragement Opportunity Exploration Education Experience Character Societal Pressures Desire Planning

FOUNDATION:

Communicating / Sharing Stories

TAGS:

advice, asking questions, being open, boredom, childhood, college, combining interests, credentials, degree, gender, having fun, hindsight, journalism, newspaper, reporting, science, teaching, technology, women, writing

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Says that her path is really clear now that she's looking back, but it wasn't at all clear when she was in high school.
  • Grew up with a single father who told her that she could be anything she wanted to be, which wasn't always the message women were told at the time.
  • She always had an interest in science, but was overwhelmed by trying to pick one field-she enjoyed almost every science-related subject.
  • When she got to college, she didn't know what to major in, but she had a journalism class that she says was "the most fun she'd ever had."
  • One day, her professor pulled her aside and said, "All the best people are in journalism-you could be in journalism. You can do this."
  • After college, she took a reporting job at a local newspaper.
  • Her tryout story had been a piece on bluefish returning to the area; she realized that writing science stories could be her niche.
  • Before that moment, she'd never thought that she'd be able to bring together both of her passions; suddenly it all clicked.

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