Biology, Environmental Science
Class of 2010
King’s Faculty-Led Program
Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu, Peru
How did you select your Study/Intern Abroad location?
As a Biology and Environmental Science majo,r I was always interested in the rainforest; I jumped at the chance to go.
Why did you want to study or intern abroad?
Going abroad would put me out of my comfort zone and give me a small glimpse of what the world outside of the United States is like. We only have a small piece of the world; this would be my first chance to see some of the rest of it.
What were the highlights of this experience?
Two experiences come immediately to mind; while fishing at an Oxbow lake, I caught a piranha, which I found amazing. Another was while reading a book at our first site, a monkey crawled into my lap and relaxed nearly to the point of falling asleep. Additionally, climbing Machu Picchu and it’s adjoining mountain Wayna Picchu was one of the best experiences of my life, it was truly astounding.
What surprised you the most?
What surprised me the most out of this experience were the different types of resources that people could gather from the forest; the versatility that people had during their day to day amazed me. Medicine and food could literally be right next to you, growing in the ground in the forest.
How has (or how might) this experience affect your major and future career?
This program highlighted for me in particular how much I truly enjoy field work, and being in the outdoors. I would like to focus my efforts on the research part of Environmental Science, and wouldn’t be afraid to leave the United States for any future career.
What would you tell students considering studying or interning abroad?
If you have the chance, do it. If you don’t have the chance, still do it. This experience will change your life, so don’t let any anxiety, fear of funding, or anything get in the way. Push yourself to do it, and you’ll never, ever regret it.