Final Impressions of SFS Turks & Caicos

Posted: May 8, 2014

What did you like most about the SFS experience?
I loved spending time with all of the other students at the Center and getting to know all of the local people was so much greater than I could have ever imagined; the school is very immersed into the culture of South Caicos.

You’ve been in the country for a full semester – tell us your impressions of it now.
My initial impressions are extremely different than what I ended up experiencing. The community has a very traditional feel, and a laid-back way of life. However, they seem to really enjoy the presence of SFS on the island and appreciate our efforts with outreach and incorporation with the schools and other types of socialization. Interacting with all types of individuals in the town has been a privilege.

What is life at the field station really like? What are the best and the most challenging parts of living at a remote field station?
The field station is practically one big family. At first, it seemed daunting to share such a small area with such a large quantity of people, although, there are so many activities at all times that the number of people residing here didn’t seem to make a difference. The best part about living at a remote field station is the strong connections you make with the people around you. The most challenging part is keep the Center clean; there are so many people rushing in and out at any given time!

What ended up being your biggest challenge this semester both academically and culturally?
My biggest academic challenge this semester was keeping up with studying for final exams; especially for Tropical Marine Ecology. There are many distracting elements when living in a setting like the Center for Marine Resource Studies, that it may be challenging to manage your time. Culturally, I found that there was not enough time between class and assignments to go out into the community and meet people.

What is the best memory you have from the semester? Give some highlights.
The best memory I have from the semester was part of my Directed Research. I was part of the sharking project with Dr. A. Henderson. During this project we would also catch other animals like rays and turtles as well. One time we were visiting East Caicos and we tried to catch and tag a turtle. This is something we do every once in a while; we don’t always catch them, but it is fun attempting to do so.

Give three adjectives that best describes how you are feeling right now.
Sad, nostalgic, satisfied