SMC BLOGGERS in the FIELD
William Farrell (South Caicos, Turks and Caicos)
Billy Farrell '17 is an Environmental Studies major with a minor in Biology from Portland, Maine. He is attending the School for Field Studies located on South Caicos, Turks and Caicos. While there he will be taking classes in Resource Management of local fisheries, Tropical Marine Ecology, Environmental Policy, and will be creating a Directed Research project for the last half of the semester. He looks forward to scuba diving the countless reefs and studying the organisms that live there and working with the local communities on developing a sustainable fishing regulations.
Kathryn Record (Copenhagen, Denmark)
So I will be honest with you, a few weeks before leaving for Copenhagen I was seriously questioning my decision to study abroad. The nerves had hit me, and all I could think was “did I make the right decision?”, “what if I get lost while I’m there?” ,and of course, the classic, “what if nobody likes me?”. It was like starting freshman year all over again, but instead of being 140 miles away from home I was now suddenly over 3000 miles away, and across an entire ocean. The first few days of being here were exactly like being a first-year, making new friends, finding my way around, and learning about the culture of my new home. Copenhagen is unlike anywhere I’ve ever been, and becoming a part of this city has been a whirlwind. My uncle’s advice to me when I left was, “take risks” and I’ve done my best to do that. Exploring a new city by yourself can be hard, but so incredibly worth it. I’ve now seen almost all of the famous sights of Copenhagen including the Little Mermaid statue, Nyhavn, the Church of out Savior, and Amalienborg (the Royal Palace of Denmark). My program has allowed me to explore all over Copenhagen, and I even sketch around the city for my watercolor painting class!
Coming from St. Michael’s and the tight-knit community we have there I fully expected it to take a while for me to adjust to my new home. I knew that Copenhagen would be different, and I knew that it would be an interesting transition to find my place here. I’ve now been here for a month, and I must say I think I’ve found it. The people here are incredible (both the Danes and the Americans), my classes are incredible and are taught by people who actually work in the fields of study (as an example I have two classes that are taught by doctors at actual hospitals), and the city is incredible (it is so pretty here!). Looking back, it is unbelievable to me how nervous I was for this adventure abroad. I was worried about not fitting in or not being able to find a home here, but now I have become a firm believer that you can find a home anywhere in the world. You just have to be willing to take the risk.