Why did you decide to study abroad with the SFS in Australia?
Will: I decided to study abroad with SFS because it was an experience unlike any other. For me, college is a time to explore new opportunities because everything is so readily available, so I knew there would be no other time in my life when I could say I lived in a rainforest virtually disconnected from any major source of urbanism.
It was also a chance for me to explore biology research more in depth. It is true that SFS is geared towards those who want to be biologists, more specifically those that want to do research, and they do a great job of helping you decide if research is right or wrong for you. For me personally, I wanted the field exposure. Biology labs at school didn't cut it for me, so I wanted more time in the field getting dirty.
What made your study abroad experience unique and special?
Will: How remote the SFS center was made this program so unique. Rudimentary internet, no cell phones, bunk bed cabins, and one classroom really made me appreciate how different this program was from any other program I have heard of. I had friends go to Florence, Barcelona, and all over the world, but none could tell me that they ever lived without the presence of a city. I really appreciated the fact that I could wake up in the morning and be greeting by so much natural beauty that surrounded me, I never lost a sense of awe.
How has this experience impacted your future?
Will: Professionally SFS is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It has given me the background in research to apply to major internships this summer, and given me the confidence to know I am competitive in the selection process, and instilled a faith in myself that I can someday active my goal of becoming an ecology professor. Since the program is so specific, you learn for yourself if biology research is right for you, and that is something I figured out. With this realization, I have set my sights onto the future and feel like I have taken a great first step.