So I'm not trying to be too cliché with my post, but I'm afraid that it may be unavoidable, because we all share the same feeling of adventure, spontaneity, desire for the unknown, and outright desire to learn more. The topic of my thread is pretty self-explanatory. I'm an energetic, young, college-aged guy who is seeking wisdom, and hopefully an opportunity to crew for a passage (Pacific, Atlantic, or wherever). I realize that a lot of these threads lack information, detail, and passion about the person. Thus, I will give you a little information about myself and my availability, and a few questions about life decisions. I not only am writing this for a potential crewing opportunity, but also for a chance to learn from you. I hope that you will be able to give me advice on a few things I list below.
First off, I'm finishing up graduate school studying wildlife and fisheries biology. I have an innate interest and passion for nature, the wild, and the unknown. Maybe that's why I decided science? But I've reached a dilemma approaching graduation (this May). I have realized that I have four basic options after I graduate: 1) go home and live on my parents' couch, 2) find a job, make money, work 9am-5pm every day, 3) apply for PhD programs and spend another 4-5 years in school, or 4) seek out adventure (at least for the short term) and crew for a passage or similar opportunity. What do you suggest? As a graduate student, we are essentially indentured servants, doing what our masters ask of us, with minimal pay. Therefore, I'm not made of money (haha). I realize that crewing for long periods can require significant funds, so that is a factor for me.
Overall, I'm an energetic, athletic person. I frequently race on J-24s and similar-size boats, but I have never done blue water sailing, which is where I really want to expand my knowledge and experience.
I know this is quite a broad post, but I look forward to your responses and potential crewing opportunities!