Coming to Bermuda was one of the greatest experiences of my
life. I have learned so much not just about Bermuda and
sustainability but a lot about myself. Every day in Bermuda was
different and exciting in its own way, whether through snorkeling
and exploring caves or learning about endangered species and
thinking of ways to solve present issues. I honestly can say that I
loved every single day in Bermuda and I feel so blessed and
privileged to have gone on this trip.
My two favorite days of this course was snorkeling and going to
Nonsuch Island. I love snorkeling and it was amazing to such rich
diversity on the reefs. It was a great experience that I will never
forget especially the giant lobster. Nonsuch Island was dear to my
heart because I want to work with endangered species and it was
very moving to see someone in my career field doing what I want to
do and am working very hard to achieve. Being a science major is
strenuous and discouraging sometimes and seeing the end result of
all of my studies, working with animals was very motivational for
me. I also loved the hiking because I love exploring and feeling
like I’m discovering something new and hidden. It was very exciting
to go off the beaten path and see something that not a lot of
people get to see.
In addition to day activities, the lectures and other day trips to
museums was very enriching and provided me with a lot of
information about sustainability and the environment. Having
experts who have written the books on certain issues important to
me was a huge privilege. Meeting them alone was an honor. I was
also surprised at how fired up I got at the idea of making
proposals and finding solutions to environmental problems. I have
always been much geared towards the scientist, hands on side of
environment studies. I have wanted to work with animals since I can
remember. However, during the writing classes, I realized that the
activist side of environmental studies was also appealing and is
something I can also see myself doing.
The only suggestions I can give to make this course a more amazing
course for next semester would involve getting a different caterer
and spacing the lectures out just a little bit more. I’m not a very
picky eater, but soggy sandwiches often left me without lunch.
Having so many lectures in one day was also exhausting. I wish
there had been a bit more time to explore the beaches, so maybe
next year the time spent at Warwick could be extended from a half
hour to one or two hours since it was so beautiful there. Having
more bus passes would also be more convenient.
Overall, this trip was one of the greatest experiences I have had
at St. John’s and was the smartest 4000 dollars spent in my life. I
would recommend this trip to anyone and would definitely come
again. I have just gotten a taste of something that I am very
passionate about cannot wait to pursue this field further.
Just as you have started this Bermuda course with your picture of
Darth Vader, I have ended the trip with mine.