This past semester was a long adjustment period of figuring out my life at Juniata again, but also trying to think about my future. But before I leap into the future, I want to reflect on the end of my summer and my internship. NOAA Symposium Week All the Hollings scholars spent the last week … Continue reading NOAA Hollings Science & Education Symposium Week
Getting Real Reverse culture shock is real....especially when you never let yourself fully engage in it. If you recall, shortly after I returned home from the Galapagos, I moved to Williamsburg, VA for my internship. I began working 8 hour days, 5 days a week, then went to the gym all evening, made food, slept … Continue reading Chesapeake Summer, Colonial Times
Hi, it's me. Writing to you, back in the United States. Leaving the islands was hard. I was excited to come home but I could not imagine being away from the place I knew and loved without knowing when I would return. It was especially hard to leave knowing all the responsibilities waiting for me … Continue reading Coming and going
After spring break, my 2nd to last course began. Families were visiting, people starting talking about home, and before we knew it there was only 6 weeks left in the Galapagos. Back to class! My next class was Marine Ecosystem Based Management. I was not sure what to expect since all of the classes in … Continue reading El último mes
Spring Break!!!! Yes, we had a spring break while being here. And it was AMAZING. My last class was on March 15th and I left on the 16th for Santa Cruz, the most populated island. I did not come back to San Cristobal until March 24th because I had the whole week free. I went … Continue reading Island Hopping: Galapagos Archipelago
Hola & Hello! I am writing this post right before my last class here begins. It has been an amazing experience and incredibly life changing. I miss a lot of things about home, but I really do enjoy my life here a lot. I cannot believe I only have 3 more weeks left. Here's a … Continue reading Living on the enchanted islands: college student edition
¡Hola! Okay, I know...It has really been awhile this time. But hey, I am living on island time now! Sunset on Playa Mann (Photo By: Kayelyn Smith) It has been a wild ride so far here on San Cristobal in the Galapagos. I have learned so much about the island, the wildlife, and the locals. … Continue reading Travelers illness(es), snorkeling, and scuba diving
¡Hola amigos! I am officially done with my first class! I know what some of you are thinking...already?! My classes are three week modules, so I am only taking one course at a time. My first course was Techniques of Marine Research I, which was a great introduction to marine science. At Juniata, most of … Continue reading Week 2, 3, & 4: Middle of the World, Coast of Ecuador, Baños, and Quilotoa!
¡Saludos de Ecuador! I have had my first few weeks here in Ecuador and I am finally starting to feel more comfortable. The first week was very difficult. It was definitely over stimulation at its finest and I want to give a shout out to the people who watched me cry when it was too … Continue reading Orientation Week: ¿hablo español?
Hola! I am beginning my journey abroad in Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. This semester, I will be participating in the Galápagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS) program with Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). I will be taking five courses that are divided into 3-week modules: Techniques of Marine Research 1, … Continue reading Ecuador: ¡Estoy Aqui!