I arrived in Arkansas in the immediate aftermath of a hurricane that had turned most of the Southern United States into a swimming pool. After seven hours of weather delays, a terror-inspiring flight featuring lightning flashing outside the windows, and an uncomfortable few hours spend sleeping on the floor of the Texas airport, I made it to the University of Central Arkansas, soggy and exhausted but ready for the hurricane-induced surprises to be over.
For my first trip out west, I couldn’t have chosen a more beautiful place to visit and learn about than the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. With old, pre-Cambrian exposed rock and over 2000-foot vertical canyon walls, it’s understandable why John Gunnison himself was astounded and intimidated by the deep canyon.
Partners in the Parks was a great opportunity to travel to the Great Smoky Mountains and meet some interesting and talented people. First off, a big thanks goes out to our advisors, Bill Atwill and Christina McIntyre who organized the whole trip and looked out for all of us.
Great Basin National Park is a hidden gem in the Department of the Interior’s crown. When I arrived in the park with six other students from universities around the country, I wasn’t prepared for what I experienced: nothing.
Partners in the Parks allowed us the unique opportunity to get under the surface and hear about the mountains from seasoned park stewards.
Physically being in Ferguson was surreal…But finally, at the tail end of this trip, we were there, in the middle of a news story.
People raced each other to collect leaves, and some students even began to sing and dance in their native Haitian Creole.
With help from the Honors Travel Grant, I traveled to Spain for a few months to volunteer on five organic farms through WWOOF.
In an increasingly globalized world, I think it is as important as ever to discover the wonders right here at home
Some experiments I design or conduct will not work and others will; it is just a matter of taking the results in stride and moving forward.