Week 1:
Journey to the Mountains


Slater Fellow in Acting & Performance

Creede Repertory Theatre | Creede, Colorado

May 17, 2019 | A long ride to the airport from Kankakee, Illinois; a jet, a private eight -seater passenger plane, and a hour and forty-minute drive from a tiny, little airport later, I finally arrived in Creede, Colorado. How could I describe such a site? Dirt roads, a sky so blue, so clean and so clear, holds bright, […]

Week 9:
Ciao for Now


Cornell Fellow in Botanical Conservation

Gullele Botanic Garden | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

April 12, 2019 | I hate goodbyes. I’m so bad at them, maybe it’s the Irish in me. This sounds dramatic (and it is), but whenever I feel a goodbye coming, I immediately want to vanish into thin air. That’s the Irish Goodbye anyways, right? Disappearing without a trace? Ethiopian goodbyes are the opposite of Irish goodbyes. Goodbye for […]

Week 7:
Connecting People and the Oceans


Cornell Fellow in Ocean Research

African Campus | Mossel Bay, South Africa

April 10, 2019 | Oceans Research has had a few opportunities for community outreach over the last two months. From starting their own outreach program to individual field specialists connecting to the surrounding communities. I have been able to participate in a few of these and they have drastically changed what I want to do in the future. The […]

Week 8:
Write-Up Coming Right Up!


Cornell Fellow in Botanical Conservation

Gullele Botanic Garden | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

April 6, 2019 | Last week, I said that my data sheets would become my life. It appears that I am a fortune teller because I’ve been staring at these things all week and my fingers are shaking from typing ‘Juniperus procera‘ (the dominant tree species here) so many times. Let’s back up for a second though. What is […]

Week 7:
The Botanical Part


Cornell Fellow in Botanical Conservation

Gullele Botanic Garden | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

March 30, 2019 | During my time here at Gullele, I’ve been super fortunate in that I’ve been able to do fieldwork, which is one of my favorite parts about biodiversity conservation as a field. There’s nothing that makes me happier than to be outside on the hunt for information (data in my case). Most of my field time […]

Week 6:
Gloriously Inglorious


Cornell Fellow in Botanical Conservation

Gullele Botanic Garden | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

March 24, 2019 | I think we hold science on this pristine, non-contaminated pedestal in which we decided that science is glorious. We imagine real-world science to involve people in white coats looking at microscopes or adventurous, Patagonia-wearing folks documenting undiscovered species in some remote yet gorgeous location. While this image of science can be true, it wasn’t true […]

Week 6:
Lessons and New Skills


Cornell Fellow in Ocean Research

African Campus | Mossel Bay, South Africa

March 21, 2019 | This blog will be similar to week 5, but will focus on what I’ve learned in the various classes Oceans Research has provided. We have a class or two every week and they range from emerging technologies to how to talk about science and debates. I’ve talked about some of this in earlier blogs, but […]

Week 5:
Learning in the Field


Cornell Fellow in Ocean Research

African Campus | Mossel Bay, South Africa

March 20, 2019 | The last two weeks have been hectic to say the least. With the February interns leaving, the March interns arriving, and with a group of 12 high school student coming and going. I want to talk about what I’ve been learning in the field and how it can help me in the future. One of […]

Week 8:
Midway Reflections


Massey Fellow in Development & Civic Empowerment

The Obama Foundation | Chicago, Illinois

March 16, 2019 | The typical Fellows experience lasts eight weeks, and I have reached my eighth week. My Fellows blog ends here, but I will be with the Foundation for another eight weeks. I am officially at the midway point, and I do feel settled, engaged, and happy. The other interns and I have become good friends. Our […]

Week 5:
More Discoveries


Cornell Fellow in Botanical Conservation

Gullele Botanic Garden | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

March 16, 2019 | Finding the bushbuck last week was a victory, but we found ourselves faced with a new task: we needed to find a female bushbuck. The bushbuck we had recorded was a male; the horns and darker coat coloration made that evident. But now our priority was finding a female. Why was finding a female bushbuck […]

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 110