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

Home Away From Home

Waving hello from the lake! Field Station Harbor On August 17th, I traveled to Juniata and spent five days with my teammates preparing to cheer for the football season.  One of my favorite things about cheerleading is that it offers an escape from the stress of the day plus I get to see many of … Continue reading Home Away From Home

On The Road Again

Hello from Maryland!  I am enjoying my few days home before I go back to Juniata College.  I have completed my internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  It was an amazing experience and I am so glad that I was able to go.  I learned many new researching skills, added interns and researchers to my … Continue reading On The Road Again

Week 1: Toto, I’ve got a feeling we aren’t in Maryland anymore

Greetings from Tennessee!!So yes, I have started my internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory already and I am very behind on updates.  However, this should be exciting because that means I am having a lot of fun, so I will have cool things to write about. We began our journey on June 1st.  My brother and … Continue reading Week 1: Toto, I’ve got a feeling we aren’t in Maryland anymore