I'm still in high school, is there anything I can do besides research and college searching to prepare and have experience? I want to do all I can to make sure I have the opportunity to have a CSI job. Any advice?
- Job shadow (Police, Pathologists, Lawyers, Lab Scientists)
- Volunteer (maybe with local Police, but anywhere is good!)
- Read ANYTHING you can get your hands on about forensics (don't think watching CSI and law-and-order on TV will cut it- it won't! You gotta read a lot! Check out the library for free reads- the more technical, the better!)
- Keep your grades up, keep fit and active, and don't get into trouble with the law, EVER!
- Be well rounded. It is okay if you take autoshop or art or work as a dog-groomer...CSI's need a little knowledge about a lot of things, and you don't want to burn out, either.
- Look into programs for HS students; my university offered a 'CSI' weekend, where students could come and learn about forensic science.
- Attend the AAFS annual meeting if possible- they offer a day for students at the Young Forensic Scientists Forum.