This week thus far hasn’t been half bad. It is midterms week which is not fantastic, but we have plenty of time to have fun in between studying. My study breaks have included jumping off the dock, looking for shells on the beach, snorkeling, scuba, napping in hammocks and ice cream trips into town. Not half bad I’d say. My scuba today was unreal. We went to a site called the Grotto, and it was definitely my favorite place to see so far. The wall is super beautiful, with tons of sealife. There was an incredible moment when we were about 100 ft deep and swimming next to the wall, and a shark came swimming super close and there were schools of fish and a barracuda and a lion fish. It literally was a scene out of blue planet. I was ecstatic to see the shark, because it stayed for quite a while so I got a great view of it. As soon as we got off the wall to turn around, there was a massive southern stingray. By far the biggest one I have seen, and it was just chillin on the bottom and didn’t swim away or anything. It was such a beautiful moment. Soon after this we saw a turtle, which are my spirit animal and got be stoked. Ah it was so adorable. A few meters away was a baby sting ray, which was like feet away from me. It was soo cute and came so close, it was magical. I am still just so high on life from this dive. I had my Gopro but the pictures unfortunately came out awful, like straight up just blue.
Before this scuba dive, that was at 8 am, I had already gone on a field trip. A few other students and I went to Long Beach to watch the lunar eclipse and the sunrise. It was such a beautiful morning, and the sunrise was perfect. I am so glad that I woke up early and went. I took so many pictures and it was just an incredible morning.
Another exciting event in my life, I just committed to studying abroad in Tanzania next semester. I am so stoked and know that that will be such a lifechanging experience. The culture difference here on South Caicos is palpable, so Africa… that is going to be quite an adventure that I look forward to. I also have an interview this afternoon with a NOAA employee from Maui, who I am thinking about interning for this summer. I would be helping with a restoration project with a fishpond that has a lot of cultural significance with Hawaiians, so that would be cool. I don’t know much about it now, but I hope to find out more about it after today. Friday is also a big day… not only is it the last day of exams, but I find out what my directed research project will be for the remainder of the semester. I still am not sure what my top choices are, but I am so excited for all the opportunities! This weekend I leave on my field trip, where we will be adventuring to other islands which I can’t wait for. Then next week I am going to Provo where I will be vacationing with my family! Yay so much to be excited for!