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Hello, my name is Rachel Lousie Carson. I was born on a farm in Springdale,
Pennsylvania on May 27, 1907. My mother, Maria McLean Carson was a dedicated
teacher and throughout my childhood she encouraged my interests in nature and in
writing. She also encouraged me to publish my first story A Battle in the Clouds in the St.
Nicholas magazine while I was in fourth grade.
After graduating from Parnassus High School, I enrolled into the Pennsylvania
College for Women. I majored in English and continued to write but I also had to take
two semesters of science, which changed my life. In my junior year I changed my major to
zoology, even though science was not considered an appropriate avenue for women.
After graduating college in 1928 I had earned a full one year scholarship to Johns
Hopkins University in Baltimore. This scholarship did not relieve me or my family of our
financial burdens, so I worked throughout graduate school in the ge...
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