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Humans of the GI - John Elliott

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In the park outside the Elvey Building with John Elliott, doctoral student at the Geophysical Institute. Photo by Josh Hartman.
Josh Hartman

“So I’m getting a PhD in space physics now. A story that I generally don’t tell is, I was a high-school dropout. By the time I was 16 I was kind of done with the school I was at. ... So I dropped out of high school and I went to work on a production line—I was a welder and a fabricator and did really well there for a couple years. There was a point when I was doing that, I was like ‘Wow, I’ve done all these great things, I was this great fabricator (I wasn’t, but I thought I was), the sky's the limit.’ But then it just kind of hit me ... where was the limit on the path I was going, and if I wasn’t happy with that—which I wasn’t—what was the next path I had to take. … I ended up going back and getting my high-school diploma, then going to a community college where I just happened to take a physics course as a core requirement. I really liked it. And once I took that physics course, I never stopped.”

In the park outside the Elvey Building with John Elliott, doctoral student at the Geophysical Institute.