|Mikee and I at the Environment Monitoring Laboratory|
I used to believe with a passion that my heart belonged in social sciences and humanities. Language and history usually top my list of favorite subjects. I had never viewed science as a first in my professional priorities, but one of my experiences last summer led me to discover my love for it and reconsider it as my primary choice.
|Getting water samples from the Dumacaa River|
Aside from teaching us skills within the laboratory and in the field, it was great to have supervisors that taught us skills and lessons important in life, especially life after high school. We were shown how to commute around the university campus and were toured around, but at the same time, they gave us the independence to explore during our lunch breaks and other free time. They told us stories about their different experiences in studying and working in the field of geology. We saw how they communicated and dealt with people from all walks of life: local government officials, teachers, community members and many others. It was indeed humbling to be in the midst of brilliant, yet grounded people.
|With the EML team|
My two weeks in NIGS opened my eyes about the field of geology. If at the start, I hadn't planned on going beyond the two weeks we were given, now I'm planning on applying again next summer. Now, I feel as if more doors of possibility have opened for me and my journey with science. If I had known that amazing opportunities such as this internship were just within my reach, I would’ve applied a long time ago. It really inspired me to discover more opportunities and expand my horizons so I can experience even greater adventures in the future.