Ni An ’14

Major: Geology. Hometown:Xi'an, Shaanxi, China.


Rogers Fellow in Environmental Studies

Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences, University of South Carolina | Columbia, South Carolina

Week 9:
Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences


July 15, 2013 | This was the second-to-last week of my internship here at the Baruch Marine Field Lab, so this will be my last blog entry. The weather has been surprisingly nice this week. Ironically, this is also during a time when I’m not deploying any more tiles into the field, as there isn’t enough time to process […]

Week 8:
Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences


July 7, 2013 | Time flies. I’ve now finished my 8th week here, which means there are only two weeks left before I leave this place. On the one hand, I’d say I’m happy, as I get to go home for the first time in a year. I’m excited to see my parents and friends. At the same time, […]

Week 7:
Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences


June 29, 2013 | This week went by fast. I have three sets of samples right now, and I had to process them without mixing up which was which. To that end, I’m keeping clear notes on what I’ve done so far. Two of the three samples were the same as what I’ve been dealing with already. The other […]

Week 6:
Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences


June 25, 2013 | It’s the end of the sixth week, and there are only four weeks before I say farewell to this place. Something I realized a few days ago was that no matter how much you dislike something about an area (e.g. the weather), you will still develop an emotional attachment if you stay long enough. I […]

Week 5:
Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences


June 17, 2013 | This week was good. The sun came out from behind the clouds on most days, the scattered thunderstorms only visited twice, and they didn’t last long enough to ruin the sunshine. On most days, it was about 80 degrees and the humidity was relatively low. Right now as I type, I see the lovely reflection […]

Week 4:
Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences


June 9, 2013 | It’s been a long week. The rain was ceaseless. Day, night; it made no difference. The few times when it let up were just as bad – the sky was gloomy and the air was thick as tar. Every morning, I awaken tired from a bad night’s sleep. The humidity also makes my face swell, […]

Week 3:
Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences


June 3, 2013 | As I lay on my bed gazing out my window I suddenly realized that the third week had already passed me by. The time has passed more quickly than I had expected; more quickly than I had hoped. The humidity continues to wear on my nerves, and the bugs even more so. I continue to […]

Week 2:
Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences


May 27, 2013 | After my second week, I think I’m getting used to this environment. The air is hot and thick. It sticks to my skin; an unshakeable coat. The swamps turn to mud after the thunderstorms visit in the early evenings, and the air oppresses me further. But when the rain comes it’s not so bad, save […]

Week 1:
Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences


May 20, 2013 | It has been a really nice week since I first landed in the semi-tropical, forested South Carolina. The huge pines on the side of the road, different kinds of birds, and skinny squirrels are all reminders that I’m not in Iowa anymore.  Dr. Dean, who funded my internship, showed me around the town and helped […]