Megan May grew up in the midwest United States in a family of nonscientists who shared their love of reading as a way to explore the world. To this day, one of her favorite places to be is in a library. With her family’s support, Megan explored career interests in becoming either a scientist or a journalist. Science won out in the end. In her spare time, May likes to drink IPAs, read articles about antibiotic-resistant bacteria (often while at the beach), study policy as part of the scientific process, and participate in science communication to encourage science as a profession and make the outcomes of scientific research more accessible. Her Ph.D. advisor is WHOI microbiologist Rebecca Gast, and her mentor for this article was WHOI science editor Véronique LaCapra.