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Tenacity, Teaching and Turtles
“My time as a student and student worker at Berry College helped prepare me for life after college by equipping me with the knowledge I needed to be successful in my field.” –Lauryn Gilmer
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When Lauryn Gilmer graduated
from Berry College with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, she did
not imagine she would pursue a career in education.
However, she can now be found at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s public
beach releases, welcoming large crowds and talking about the center’s work
with rehabilitated sea turtles. How did she get there?
“I happened upon
an amazing opportunity to be a naturalist with the Barrier Island
Environmental Education Center on Johns Island, South Carolina and jumped at
the chance,” Lauryn said. “It was there that I discovered I not only had a
passion for conservation, but also for teaching others about nature.”
with Barrier Island for two seasons, she began volunteering with the education
department of Turtle Center. While there, Lauryn fostered a strong relationship
with the organization and was hired as an AmeriCorps Education Member in
The Brunswick, Ga., native is
now in her second year at the center and spends her days working beachside.
While it sounds like a dream job to many, her work keeps her busy. She leads
daily educational programs and tours for groups and students of all ages. She
also assists with the planning and execution of seasonal education programs and
public outreach events.
“One of the most
rewarding aspects of working at the (Turtle Center) is knowing that I am making
a positive impact not only in the lives of endangered animals and native
wildlife species, but also in the lives of every guest or student that
I encounter,” she said.
Lauryn, who graduated in 2011, is
also taking classes though the University of Georgia to get a master’s degree
in environmental education.
“My time as a
student and student worker at Berry College helped prepare me for life after
college by equipping me with the knowledge I needed to be successful in my
field and, also, by teaching me the skills necessary to be a
responsible productive employee and a conscientious member of my
community,” said Lauryn, who worked as a
Resident Assistant at Berry. “Through the professors,
supervisors and peers that comprised my Berry College family, I left with the
confidence I needed to begin the next step in my life journey.”
Public Relations Assistant Abbie Smith