Name: Doug Rice
School: Clark University
SFS Program: Marine Resource Management Studies, Turks and Caicos
Why did you choose to study abroad with SFS?
I wanted a study abroad program where I would have a truly unique experience as opposed to taking normal classes. SFS has so many chances for hands-on experience and field work and that was really important to me.
What were your first impressions of the Turks and Caicos?
My first and most memorable experiences in the TCI were at customs in the airport and in the bank on South Caicos. The lines took significantly longer than comparable lines in the United States, but no one was angry or hurried at all. People just stood in line playing cards and making jokes. I knew that this country full of laid-back people that run on island time!
What were your first impressions of The SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies?
I felt like it was slightly smaller than I expected and very open to allow the ocean breeze to blow. Seeing the view for the first time was amazing! No matter where you are, you need only turn your head for a view of ocean. Hands down the most beautiful place I’ve ever (or probably will ever) live!
What do you think the biggest challenge will be for you this semester both academically and culturally?
Definitely focusing on school work when it is so warm and beautiful all the time! Culturally it will probably be interacting with TCI islanders on nights out, but I’m brushing up on my Dominoes skills!
What are you looking forward to the most about the semester?
Getting to know all the other students and staff, so many awesome people! I am also looking forward to semi-weekly dives and Directed Research. Crossing my fingers to work with eagle rays!
Give three words that best describe how you are feeling right now.
Exhausted, ecstatic, and energized!