I guess I never formally introduced myself in this forum (my bad
). Anyways, I'm a college student in Miami (Biology and Chemistry double major). Pretty much done with all my classes just trying to wrap up a thesis I have been doing on the side. This summer I am applying to medical school and, believe it or not, bettas are a part of my application!
It was in high school that I got into bettas and I'm sure I don't have to tell you guys how easy it is to get drawn into the betta world! I read a lot on how to care for them and eventually got two pairs to breed.
I remember the exact topics we were covering in class when I got my first set of frys. I was taking AP Statistics and we were covering T-Tests which are used to test if two sets of values differ significantly or just by chance. Being the crazy person that I am, I found a chart online that showed the growth of frys by weeks so I recorded the growth of mine and after some months I sat down with my teacher to show her the T-tests I ran to see how mine grew compared to the chart. I liked stat before, but I started liking it even more when I learned I could actually apply it to bettas.
Breeding them also got me into genetics. Although I'm not an expert on betta genetics (I wish!), I have a strong foundation on genetics because of them, and good thing I did because now I work in a genetics lab with bacteria!
If (hopefully) I get interviewed for medical school, I plan to talk about my bettas because they are a big part of my life and gave me the little push I needed into the sciences early in high school. I always hear medical school admission people say how they like to see students with an X factor and as much as I'd like to, I'm not an athlete, or an artists, nor was I president of clubs... BUT, I'm into raising and breeding bettas... doubt that admission people have heard that one recently!