Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sejal Soni- About me!

Hello everyone!

My name is Sej and ever since I was a small child, I have loved the ocean. The smell of it, the taste of it, swimming, diving, just being on a boat at the surface, all of it is my idea of something wonderful. The ocean has always fascinated me so I spend much of my time understanding and exploring it. From the molecular structure of water and the salts that make up the ocean to great gyres and circulation across the globe, I love knowing about the ocean and finding new ways to experience it.

I was born in Durban, South Africa, where the beaches are an endless source of fun. I grew up being tossed around by huge waves and poking weird things that washed up ashore. I spent time living in the UK as well before moving to coastal Connecticut at the age of 10. Through middle school and high school, marine biology and other science classes were always my favorite. I went to college at Tufts University and graduated in 2012 with a double major in Environmental Studies and Geology.

Me, my dad and my brother enjoying ice cream by the beach in South Africa

In college I had my first experiences with SCUBA diving and have continued diving and learning to become a Divemaster so I can dive professionally. Breathing underwater is one of the most amazing things- it’s basically a superpower! My favorite thing about diving is being able to share my enthusiasm for the ocean with new divers and anyone with a passion for learning, doing and seeing cool things.

Diving from Back Beach in Gloucester
This is my first summer as a Senior Harbor Educator with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and I’m so excited to spend this time with the amazing staff and campers exploring the harbor and beaches. Hands-on experiences are always the most memorable ones and bringing that to the young people of Boston will be such fun! Learning about marine creatures and the harbor environments in this unique way is definitely something that will make us all treasure this place and what’s in it for the future.

I’m thrilled for what’s to come this summer and can’t wait to enjoy it with all of you!


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