Katie Porter posted a comment that I have promoted to a more general discussion so that answers may be more easily posted by everyone:
Hi all. My name is Katie, I have recently began researching Entomology. I am 21 years old, have my AA and am almost graduated with a construction management degree. Unfor[tuna]tly it took till now for me to really take a step back and look at what I have always been interested in, which is insects. I'm interested in getting a degree in entomology or at least biology. I'm looking for any insight or recommendations any one has for me.... thank you
What tips would you give Katie or others just realizing how cool insects are and how they might lead to a degree or career in them? Certainly many of us on this list came late to the realization of just how amazing these arthropods are, while others knew from an early age, so 21 is certainly not too old to explore new interests by any means.
Assuming that you are close to a college or university that offers either a course in entomology or perhaps a laboratory looking for help, or even just arranging to visit entomologists whose research or jobs you might be interested in finding out more about could be a good first step. Accomplishing this would likely require some web searches to get you started. Your local park district or wildlife area programs may be another source.
What other hints might you offer Katie and others wanting to explore whether entomology or biology might be a good fit for them?