The first two or three days seemed to last weeks. Everyone was trying to get to know each other and figure out their place in this melting pot of students. People are of all different walks of life here, originating from their own educational background, seemingly separating us. But as time progressed the long days seemed to shorten and are now flying by. As a class we have come together to support each other offering help to those who needed it and willing and eager to learn from each other. It is scary to think that our two weeks together is almost up and it is time to leave our little slice of tropical heaven to head back to snow covered long island. I have really enjoyed my time here and have made new friends that I otherwise would have never met or gotten to know on such a personal level. The things I have learned about the coral reef and gotten to experience in person will stay with me the rest of my life along with the friends I have made.