Lydia Keppler -  USP Alumni Network

Lydia Keppler

Name: Lydia Keppler

Country: Germany

Programme: Bachelor of Science (Marine Science)

Why did you choose your field of study?
I love the ocean and want to make a contribution to science and to our collective understanding of the oceans.

Briefly reflect on your student life at USP?
I lived nearby campus and was able to cycle to and from uni. I loved the atmosphere at Lower Campus with the familiar faces, the ocean breeze and the great conversations during breaks.

Greatest achievement[s] as a student
My MS311 (Directed Study) research project.
Career Highlights since Graduation An oceanographic research cruise in the Tasman Sea (3 weeks), as part of the Tasman Tidal Dissipation Experiment (TTIDE).

Who/what do you credit your success to? What inspires you?
My wife Shupiwe supported me in so many amazing ways. Not only financially, but also in terms of encouragement, by challenging me, and by being so proud and supportive of me.

How do you think USP helped you in your career?
My BSc in Marine Science set the foundation for my professional career and helped me to think analytically. It introduced me to research and academia and it also showed me, that my passion within the marine sciences is physical oceanography.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years (career and/or personal goals)?
I would like to have a PhD in Physical Oceanography and be a researcher at a university. I would also like to have adopted some children from Zambia by then (my wife’s mother is from Zambia) and live in a place that is warm and has a clean ocean to swim in.

What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
Plan your days, weeks and semester to be efficient with your time.  Rather than not doing much throughout the semester and then working all day and all night before exams, try to make it steadier. That way, you shouldn’t have too much last minute stress and still have plenty of time to have some fun.

Please share top three tips that you think are most important for our current students or recent graduates that will help them when starting out on their career paths.
-    Try to find what you are passionate about and make it your job.
-    Aim high- the sky is the limit
-    Be yourself

What has your involvement been with the University since you graduated?
Research Internship (physical oceanography) with PaCE-SD in Laucala in collaboration with the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) in Noumea, New Caledonia.

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