Final Blog Entry
Well, it is all over now…or is it? I feel like what I have experienced and learned through this trip will resonate through my life although the impacts of the trip may be subconscious and I may not attribute my actions to lesions learned while in New Zealand. But, isn't that the learning process? Our thought processes and decision making are a result of previously learned lessons.
In respect to my goals for the trip, I feel like I reached my goals of being able to properly analyze and understand the natural environment. We definitely learned how to analyze the beaches to a degree previously unimaginable! Previous to this trip, I had no idea how many classifications there were for a beach! In addition, on the biology side I never imagined being able to identify shells or marine creatures.
Also, in the academic region, I feel like I learned about prospects of further education in a natural science (potentially going to grad school?). I had never really thought about graduate school, but learning about the research that Art, Doug, and Adam do I am becoming interested in exploring this option for the future. But, who knows? Life is all one big journey; you can't plan too far ahead in the future! I will end on that note, I wish to continue my journey through life learning and exploring. I just have to remember Doug's advice to "keep your feet wet and your eyes open." Bon voyage