Holly Dillow - Grade 8, Miamisburg Middle School
Dreams Are Reality
As children, we dream of being the most outrageous characters, whether it’s being a princess who wants to find her prince charming, or a secret agent who in the end, always defeats the bad guys. Later on in life we have to face the agonizing difficulties of reality. But is reality really different from our dreams?
Ever since I was young, I have always been interested in science, and very eager to learn. My father decided to take me to an open field of rocks near our house, and while any other seven year old would be bored out of their mind, I was ecstatic. We spent hours there, just looking at the rocks, seeing the colors and patterns, I absolutely loved it. Just as we were going to leave, I found something that truly changed my childish dreams into reality. I had found my first fossil. Since then, my “dream” and future goal is to become a paleontologist.
My father quickly noticed my interest and did everything that he could to foster that interest. He would take me to different places where we would go “fossil hunting”, and spend almost the entire day looking for different specimens. We’d check out books from the library to research what we had found, and when we still weren’t sure, he would take them to the Geology department at Sinclair Community College. Thanks to him, I’ve been able to truly embrace my passion for this career.
Over the past summer, my father was able to take me to Wright State to meet with an archaeologist, and while paleontology and archaeology are not the same disciplines, I was still very excited to meet him. For hours he shared with me what his job as an archaeologist entailed, both the fun and boring times. Through the whole time he was explaining it, he had a commitment and passion in his voice that was contagious.
Meeting this professor had me thinking back to when I first became interested in paleontology. I had thought that just like every other seven year old, I was just dreaming, that it would be impossible for me to someday become a paleontologist. Walt Disney had once said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Meeting Doctor Greene had me realize that, I want to continue pursuing this career. I want to be a person who can hold her head high when she’s older, and say she’s truly passionate about her job. And I will show that dreams can become reality.