Katherine Jacobson

San Antonio, Texas

"I didn't realize how big of a role geoscience played in my everyday life"

In 2021, I graduated from Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, Texas, and am currently a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin, working towards earning a Bachelor in Science degree in General Geology. Since becoming a Geoscience Ambassador, I have gained a deeper understanding of how geoscience applies to our everyday lives, whether it be in architecture, aviation, art, and much more. This program has inspired me to pursue a minor in architecture, along with a geology major. I am interested in learning more in how geology and architecture intertwine.

My Pathway

Growing up, I always had an interest in science, specifically meteorology. My parents recognized this interest in me from an early age, often suggesting that I would be a meteorologist when I was older. However, I had a very different idea of what kind of career I wanted to pursue. In addition to being interested in STEM, I was more-so fascinated by art. When I entered the eighth grade, my parents forced me to enroll in a STEM class. Although I was very reluctant, it ultimately ended up being my favorite class, and it pushed me towards pursuing a career in STEM, specifically geoscience.

The surprising thing is...

Geoscience plays a role in so many careers and aspects of our lives. Prior to this year, I always thought geoscience exclusively dealt with earth science and research. However, I quickly learned that this is not this case, and how geoscience can be applied to a wide variety of careers, such as arts, aviation, architecture, and many more!


Expose yourself to geology and STEM! Although you may have a certain career path in mind, just like I did, take a new class or find a way to introduce yourself to new things and subjects. It may be intimidating at first but if you enjoy, it will 100% be worth the risk and small bit of fear that comes with it. Don't knock anything until you try it!

Contact Me!

Reach out to learn more about the geosciences, about how to become a geoscientist, or to talk about your own story.