Emily Roach - CFANS Study Abroad Program

Winter 2018


My study abroad experience to Thailand has changed my life. I fell in love with the country, from the energy of Bangkok to the mystery of the jungle. The rich culture and welcoming attitude of the people that call Thailand home astounded and intrigued me. I loved learning about the history and traditions of Thailand, and the technicians we worked with were more than happy to answer them. The city and market places were so energized, and filled with life, and the array of different foods and smells was overwhelming. The excitement of markets and trying new things was enlightening and expanded my world view. The beauty and sacred atmosphere of the temples was grounding, and I felt at peace as I walked through the massive and awesome temple buildings. Bangkok left me awestruck and spinning from new sights and places, but the jungle and field work that made up most of the class has provided me with a solid base for my future in wildlife and conservation.

The jungle field work experience that I gained from this incredible journey will stay with me for the rest of my career. There were so many amazing opportunities that I had access to because of this class. At the research station that we called home for most of the three weeks, there were many leading Thai conservationists that we could talk to and learn more about current conservation problems and prevalent research happening in Thailand. And through this class, we were able to learn how to implement field techniques, collect and analyze data, and how to present our findings in a professional way. This class has taught me so many useful field techniques and has provided me with a very useful base for field work that I will use throughout my career. Without the CFANS grant that I received, none of this would have been possible, and I am extremely grateful to my college to provide me with the resources that I need to further my career and expand my world views. My study abroad experience in Thailand was incredible, and life-changing, and I cannot wait to go back.