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Meet 2021年冬季开始 speaker Mariah Kidd

Mariah Kidd, a geosciences major and 2021年冬季开始 speaker, photo by Priscilla Grover

Boise State is proud to present Mariah Kidd as one of two 2021年冬季开始 演讲者. 基德将在下午5点发言.m. 仪式在12月. 18岁在ExtraMile竞技场. She graduates magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in geosciences and an emphasis in geology.

Kidd is a first-generation student from Meridian, Idaho. As part of the university’s geosciences program, she has participated in geologic research throughout Idaho at Craters of the Moon and in Stanley, Mackay and locations in the Treasure Valley.

“I’ve always had a deep sense of connection to the Earth, which originally led me to environmental studies,”基德说. “Pursuing a degree in geosciences was a path for me to better understand how the planet has evolved over time.”

Kidd (second from the right) on a geosciences research trip in Idaho

Her most memorable excursion took place at popular Boise overlook, 岩石表, where she determined what type of environment may have deposited rock sediments by a process called geologic unit mapping. Geologists use the many characteristics of rocks, pebbles and sand – all of which Kidd examined – to interpret past climate conditions. She learned that a rock’s roundness or angularity, 大小和颜色, and other patterns reveal specific conditions required for the material to be deposited as it was.

“This project provided a new lens for me to see through,”基德说.

As part of Boise State’s Outdoor program, Kidd led trips where students snowshoed and built snow caves in Idaho City

From 2018 to 2020, she served as a trip leader for Boise State’s 室外项目, completing rafting guide school and backpack training with other students who share her passion for the outdoors. 在一次, Kidd and a group of 15 students explored Idaho City by snowshoeing into a location to build and sleep in snow caves.

Kidd attributes much of her academic success and development to Heidi Estrem, a professor and director of the first-year writing program in the English department who has known Kidd since her first days on campus.

我被她的好奇心迷住了, 开放反射, and willingness to think about herself and her learning,”Estrem说. “我知道我要从她身上学到更多.”

After Kidd completed Estrem’s English 102 class in 2018, Estrem invited Kidd to participate in a writing study. This led to a collaborative research project on student writing. The two have logged 25 hours of interview recordings, thousands of pages of academic writing, and more than 15 notebooks of class notes for analysis. 他们的项目正在进行中.

“I’ve watched her engage with philosophy classes, figure out how to study for math and science classes, find the major and emphasis that is right for her, explore extracurricular activities and work experiences, and all the while continue to push herself to ask big questions about learning, higher education and life after college,”Estrem说. “Mariah is quietly confident, willing to take risks, and genuinely interested in learning.”

Kidd said that her collaborations with Estrem have played a major role in building who she is and how she perceives herself.

“If it weren’t for Heidi’s interest in my writing and her support for me as a person, I would have never looked back on my college writing in the ways that I have,”她说. “It has provided insight about how much I’ve truly changed through the last four and a half years and has brought a new depth of appreciation for my writing, not only academically but also personally. I am confident that this experience will continue to bring reflective practices into my life beyond college.”

Kidd took part in multiple research trips throughout Idaho with her geosciences classmates

Kidd hopes to continue working as a float specialist at Stillwater Float Center in Boise, 作为一名瑜伽教练, 还兼职当保姆. Her story likely will resonate with many other graduates: a first-generation student who’s worked several jobs throughout school, 在校园里和校外居住, and questioned if getting her degree was worth it. She offered advice to her fellow soon-to-be graduates and others.

“It seems simple and somewhat obvious, but it’s also worth mentioning. It’s normal not to have your entire life figured out right now. There’s a lot of pressure from society, family and ourselves that could make it feel like you need to have it all figured out. I would just remind you to trust your intuition, follow opportunities as they arise and let yourself figure it out along the way.”

Kidd received awards from the National Science Foundation GeoScholars Scholarship, Idaho Opportunity Scholarship and True Blue Promise Scholarship, and made the dean’s list with highest honors. 她以3分毕业.93年平均绩点.