Name: Meredith Brown
School: Wake Forest University
Program: Marine Resource Studies, Turks & Caicos
Coming to study abroad here at The School for Field Studies in Turks and Caicos, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect; there could only be so much preparation. But we arrived early last week, and so far I have been absolutely blown away by my experiences here. Waking up and looking at the ocean is something I have dreamed of for years, and as I sit here in a hammock and watch the lightning storm taking place over the mysterious and powerful waters, I can only think of how breathtaking this view is and how lucky I am that I have the privilege to spend the next three months of my life studying seaside.
As we settle into a routine, our daily lives are filled with vast knowledge from the professors who are all eager to share their passion for marine resource management and conservation. Along with knowledge comes opportunity and responsibility; we see first-hand the concepts discussed in lecture by immersing ourselves in the field- which happens to be some of the most fabulous waters worldwide. We have attempted to explore the island, and though the island may be small, I am positive that we have uncovered only a small section of its secrets. The local history is deeply rooted in the rich culture which I haven’t fully grasped but intend to understand by the time I depart. So far my time spent here has seemed surreal, and I find that I am consistently reminding myself that this is reality as I now know it. From the professors, staff and awesome interns, to the fieldwork, the culture, and everything beyond and in between, there is no place I would rather be; I truly am the luckiest girl alive to have this opportunity on my doorstep, and I intend to take full advantage of my brief time here.