When Destiny Tannahill Marsh enrolled at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, she had every intention of becoming a teacher.

After meeting with one of the department heads to discuss the required curriculum for becoming a teacher, something just didn't feel right.

“I really didn't feel it was the right thing for me,” Destiny recalled. “After I left, I was sitting out in the hallway with mom and dad and said, I wish someone would give me a sign. At that very moment, Dr. William Elliott, the head of the USI Geology Department walked by and heard what I said. He nearly walked into a wall. He turned around really quick and said – come on down and I'll show you around.”

Dr. Elliott gave Destiny a tour of the Geology Department, including a personal look at the department's laboratory. That was it for Destiny, she decided right then and there that she wanted to become a geologist.

Destiny's pivot from teaching to geology didn't really come as a surprise to her family.

“Dad was a really big influence,” Destiny said. “Dad worked as a roustabout for Podolsky Oil company and he would take me to their fish fries. I was just a kid at the time and Bernard [Podolsky] would take the kids inside and show us how oil would fluoresce under light...it really got me interested.”

Destiny graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in the spring of 2017. Within a few months, she was hired as a staff petroleum geologist at Campbell Energy in Carmi.

“What I do is mostly deal with production and compliance,” Destiny said. “It involves a lot of paperwork...a lot of state compliance work, plus I deal with the guys out in the field.”

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