Chesapeake Summer, Colonial Times

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

Coming and going

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

El último mes

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

Island Hopping: Galapagos Archipelago

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

Living on the enchanted islands: college student edition

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

Travelers illness(es), snorkeling, and scuba diving

¡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

Week 2, 3, & 4: Middle of the World, Coast of Ecuador, Baños, and Quilotoa!

¡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!

Orientation Week: ¿hablo español?

¡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?

Ecuador: ¡Estoy Aqui!

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!

Farewell Field Station & More

Happy almost New Year!!! 2018 has certainly been a year of ambition, learning, success, and new experiences. From earning the NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship to my DOE summer internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), I have had career advancing opportunities and personal development experiences. I am beyond blessed to have earned many scholarships this … Continue reading Farewell Field Station & More