Since my first day in my intro to marine science lab, I immediately earned credibility when my professor asked how each student became interested in what they are studying and he learned that I had already done research. With that came experience in writing lab reports that my peers lacked. Most people got below a B and even a C on their first lab ̶ I did not. I thank EXP for that. My TA also added that the majority of freshman and sophomores do not even have research experience or are offered research.
In addition, one of the interns from my BIOS lab came to visit U Miami's marine school and asked me how my junior/ senior thesis project was coming. I had to explain to him that I was just a freshman and was in high school when I worked with him. He told me that he was presenting our research that he continued at the event in Maine this past March ̶ he won best poster and will go on to present in Hawaii this summer.
Lastly, I applied to work on a similar project at BIOS this summer and they were so excited to have me come back that they gave me a huge scholarship to work there because my school is not included in their funding program. The majority of my marine science friends are not doing research this summer- mainly because the majority of programs are tailored to upperclassmen/ graduate students or kids with experience. I contribute my success at the college level to my EXP experience ̶ I wouldn't be the student I am today without it.