Category Archive: Student Blog

May 17

Field Biology Day 6

Spending five days in Black Mountain, N.C., for the field biology course gave our class hands-on experience in identifying organisms and plants. It was almost the same schedule each day. We ate breakfast, had a pre-trip meeting, and then set out for our adventures of the day. Each day we were able to collect specimens …

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May 17

Field Biology Day 5

Today was more of a relief than anything. Knowing that it was the last day of doing observations, catching animals, and inspecting plants felt amazing. We started off the day with breakfast and a little meeting as usual. We then had a short walk from the cabin to the first trail of the day. It …

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May 16

Field Biology Day 4

Today, our field biology class made our first stop at the Charles D. Owen District Park at 8:45 am. We started off by grabbing our nets and searching for whatever we could find in the pond. Since it was rainy, we were not able to find any butterflies. Dr. Basinger caught several fish, including a …

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May 15

Field Biology Day 3

We started the morning learning about multiple types of ferns. We went over the Christmas fern, New York fern, lady fern, and fancy fern; and we also learned about the Fraser magnolia. After breakfast we checked the trap Dr. Carpenter set last night and found a raccoon. Then we headed to our first stop: mountain …

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May 14

Field Biology Day 2

Today, May 13, 2014, the field biology class (BIO 006) went on our second day of observations in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Our journey began around 9:20 a.m. (first stop of the day) and ended around 10:30 p.m. (return to the cabin). Some of the highlights of today’s trip were the Devil’s Courthouse, bear sightings, …

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May 13

Field Biology Day 1


Hey ! This summer, I am taking the field biology class – 006. Field biology class is an interactive class, where we get to explore various species and plants in the mountains. This class is about five weeks long inside the classroom; we met every Friday and a week in the mountains! Today, we started …

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Mar 07

“Homeward Bound” (Day 8)

It is the last day of our adventure and it is bitter sweet.  It is exciting to be closing the distance between us and our friends and families.  It is equally hard to leave behind this Caribbean paradise filled with all of our new friends.  There will always be a piece of us that stays …

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Mar 06

It’s “See You Later” Not “Goodbye”


Our last full day in the Dominican Republic started off with a short walk to the beautiful beach. The bright sunshine and salt water was exactly what we all needed. A few of us did not realize how strong the Dominican sun could be until we felt the painful touch of our clothing against our …

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Mar 05

Being Haitian in the Dominican! (Day 6)


Today we went back to the Haitian church where the children also have school during the day and did wellness checks on all of them and some adults. The wellness checks include taking height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, respirations and a basic appearance assessment. The Haitian community was extremely welcoming and the parents seemed relieved …

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Mar 04

Day of FUN! (Day 5)


The Dove Mission Center is closed on Mondays, so we decided today would be a good day to support tourism in Puerto Plata! We had an amazing time visiting the 27 Waterfalls. This involves a 3-hour hike involving sliding down and jumping off of 27 waterfalls, and we all had a blast. The views were …

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