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When I applied to this program, I didn’t realize what an amazing opportunity it would be. I thought it would be a fun trip to Thailand to learn about tigers and birds, but this was more than that. This trip taught me how much work and dedication goes into researching these fascinating animals and has taught me a greater appreciation for wildlife conservation. The 4 am wake up calls for bird banding and the long hikes through bamboo forests for camera traps was always worth every rare animal sighting, every scenic overlook and every bond that had been created.  Eating lunch in different parts of the jungle and riding in a truck over rough and steep terrain is one experience that I will always miss.  Bird banding was a new, challenging and amazing experience since the only experience I have ever had with birds were chickens. These small birds were intimidating to handle, but incredibly beautiful to look at up close.

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My study abroad trip to Iceland this summer was everything I imagined and more. The trip was 3 weeks long and I thought that was the perfect amount of time.

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I have always been interested in animals, especially mammals, and as I’ve spent more time in school, the biology of animals continues to interest me. This is why I felt that the Thailand Tiger Conservation and Vertebrate Field Methods study abroad opportunity was perfect for me.

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My study abroad trip to Iceland this summer was everything I imagined and more. The trip was 3 weeks long and I thought that was the perfect amount of time.

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It was definitely one of the more intense days of the trip and we truly got to experience the various intensities that Icelandic weather has to offer. I was so amazed to have experienced such varied forms of climate and was utterly impressed with the ever-changing geology of Iceland.

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