You Better Belize It
May15

You Better Belize It

Sitting in my terminal waiting to board the plane that will take me to Belize, I’m nervous. I’m wondering if I forgot anything. I’m worried about customs since I’ve never flown by myself or been to a foreign country without my family. I’m scared the other students I’m with won’t like me. Yet, I remember what I’m here to do and why I’m going to Belize. I’m here to study and learn about conservation to see if it’s something I want to...

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Before Departing for Colombia
May15

Before Departing for Colombia

This week before going abroad has been crazy! I was on the way home from UA when I realized I did not have my passport. I went back to my apartment in Tuscaloosa and looked EVERYWHERE before accepting defeat. I was freaking out because I only had 8 days before leaving. I also felt disappointed in myself for losing the most important thing for my travels. After taking a deep breath, I was able to make an appointment at the nearest...

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Foreign Places Known
Mar22

Foreign Places Known

This picture was taken in May 2016, on my first trip to Mexico. 🙂 The truth is, I did not choose to study abroad this semester – studying abroad chose me. I did not choose to return to school for a graduate program – that chose me as well. After being accepted in to the program, I realized that things that were taking place were for extended growth for who I would become professionally. In 2016 I came to Cuernavaca, Mexico for two...

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Abroad in Belize
Aug25

Abroad in Belize

Academics: This trip is a little unconventional because it is more of a field-study set up. We are doing research projects that require us to snorkel. My group is observing the behaviors of one species of fish – Sergeant Majors. This is a small-scale ecological study. It gives us a basic idea of the health of the reef because if the Sergeant Majors are not behaving normally, it indicates a larger problem in the reef’s ecosystem. We do...

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From Mountains to Sea Level: Back in the U.S.
Aug18

From Mountains to Sea Level: Back in the U.S.

I’ve now been back in the U.S. for two weeks, and though I was looking forward to spending time with family, it has been an interesting transition. I returned from Peru with an intestinal parasite and haven’t necessarily been living-it-up, but that aside, home has felt different. First and foremost, switching from speaking Spanish 95% of the time for six weeks to English all of the time is a very interesting transition. I...

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Highlights Sometimes Cover Up the Struggles
Aug18

Highlights Sometimes Cover Up the Struggles

The past two weeks I have hiked 9 different Incan and Pre-Incan ruins, I’ve spoken Spanish 90% of the time, and I’ve explored the places and people of Cusco, Peru and the Sacred Valley. All of this has been a wonderful period of growth both academically and personally, but often times my social media and the points which I mention to friends and family are just the highlight real. There are as many lows as highs and it can...

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