In the pursuit of a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), you don’t have to give up other things that you love such as cheerleading, art, sports and dancing, renowned primatologist Mireya Mayor often tells students, including young girls. Mireya — a former NFL cheerleader for the Miami Dolphins, daughter of Cuban immigrants, and mother of six – knows of what she speaks. “I was a cheerleader who had grown up taking ballet and piano lessons,” she said in an interview with the National Geographic. It was in anthropology class during college when the desire to pursue the study of primates hit her. “I was seized by the fact that some of the most incredible animals on the verge of extinction had never been studied, and that in some cases, not even a mere photograph existed to show their existence.”
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