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

My Real World

The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.Georges Simenon Hello? Hi, its me! Remember me?Wow, oh wow!  It has been awhile.  I have finally found time to crawl out from under my pile of work, stress, land commitments to write (for fun this time...but more about that later). Midterms As the … Continue reading My Real World

Raystown, Oneida & Ontario

Happy Fall! The past month has been far from boring.  So let’s jump right into it! From September 10th -14th, the students at the field station spent a week at the Cornell University Biological Field Station on Oneida Lake in the Finger Lake Region of New York.  We woke up early on Monday and hopped … Continue reading Raystown, Oneida & Ontario