One of our three new interns for a semester abroad is Ive Eddy, from Kansas in the U.S.A. She is studying sustainable agriculture at Colorado State University. While with us, she is taking the courses about tropical animal production, aquaculture, and tropical crops. She will also conduct an independent study on Biochar, a soil amendment.
“My impression of the university has changed as little by little I get used to the classes and atmosphere. It couldn’t be more different from Colorado State, with well over 25,000 students in the city of Fort Collins, CO. The vast majority of students live in apartments and houses. At EARTH, all of the less than 500 students live in dorms on campus (in the country), and most professors live less than a mile (1.5 kilometers) down the road. This is just an example; the learning approach is totally different as well.
My overall impression has been molded by the students, who are the most genuine, dedicated, welcoming people I have ever met. I have every reason to believe that I am meeting the leaders of our future here. It is amazing that students from all over Africa, Mexico, South America, Central America, and other regions can put aside cultural, economic and personal differences to work toward this common goal. This is easily one of the biggest challenges of my life, but I have learned more in the last month- about culture, the tropics, stereotypes- than I ever could have hoped to at CSU. I am forever grateful to the Gilman Scholarship Foundation for making this experience possible.” Ive
You’ll know more about our third intern soon…..