16 Jan – Until next time Jamaica

The past few days have been spent working on our research projects and limited time in the
water, since mother nature has not been too good to us. Yesterday, we got to take a small
break from our school work and got to explore the Green Grotto caves, which are some of the
oldest caves here in Jamaica. Our tour guide took us through the in’s and out’s of the caves,
educating us with their history and telling stories about the many events that occurred inside
over the course of its existence.

Last night, a group of us decided to take a night dive to the neighboring bay, but Daeyla and I
were reluctant to go because we still have several assignments due. Despite the tensions and
studying, Brad convinced us to venture out, and as soon as I met face to face with a reef squid,
I knew I had made the right choice to go. (Thanks, Brad!) Sometimes it’s hard to take advantage
of being here when there is so much work to do in such little time, but being able to study in
tropical weather has allowed most of us to appreciate the fact that we are in Jamaica, and not
facing the cold weather back in New York.

This trip has truly been incredible. I have not only learned so much about the tropical
ecosystems that have been around us, my love for the ocean has also grown significantly. This
trip has validated that this is the field I want to be in (I guess changing my major was a good
idea after all). After an amazing 2 weeks, my new friends and I, full of new knowledge on coral
reef ecosystems, some open water dives under our belts, a few scrapes and bruises, and new
memories to look back on, we are headed back to cold NY. Although I am not quite ready to
leave the warm weather and beautiful views, I am excited to educate all my friends and family
on the importance of coral reefs (and to pet my dogs, I’m very excited to pet my dogs.)

A little ocean cleanup before we head home.

Until next time Jamaica,
Avocado Ashley

1 thought on “16 Jan – Until next time Jamaica

  1. I am in awe of your courage, so happy you had this experience. Thankful for your professors for encouraging you and arranging this awesome study abroad opportunity. Love reading everyone’s blog. Sounds like a great time was had by all ( despite the weather).

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