Turn Up the Sunshine

Turn Up the Sunshine

Songs of the Week: “Beautiful” by Snoop Dogg (feat. Pharrell and Uncle Charlie Williams) and “Drive” by Divino Niño

The summer is wrapping up! As I reflect on the past two months, I think about how much fun I have had learning and getting to call the Rockies home. I can’t believe it has been two months! It feels like I moved here a week ago! I just want to start off by saying thank you to the Mosaics in Science team, the CDRLC team, and Rocky Mountain National Park for the amazing opportunity to work here! I also want to thank my family for supporting me and helping me to reach this milestone. There were a lot of obstacles and sacrifices made so that I could reach the Rockies and I am so happy to be here. The experiences and knowledge I am able to gain from my work here at the park I will take with me for the rest of my professional career. Being able to work in the Rockies has been a goal for me since I first visited in 2019. This is the first and only national park that I have visited in my life so to be able to work here means so much to me. 

Getting to meet other people at the park has been a great part of the internship. I feel like I have a little community of people to surround myself with, especially since this is the farthest I have ever been from home. Phone calls and FaceTime with family can only do so much when you’re over 1,000 miles away from home. And I would say I am only this comfortable being far from home because of the Diversity Internship Cohort that Steven has organized. I have found other interns and made friends with some of the coolest people I have met at the Rockies. It’s important to have a community and feel like you belong. Shout out to the other interns in the cohort!

Getting to learn from others at the park has been an amazing experience! Having people like Paige, Steven, Scott, and Lisa to help me out and answer my questions has made me feel more comfortable at the park. I am not afraid to ask silly questions, especially if it means it will help me to better understand difficult concepts. I am more confident in my ability to manage and research ecosystems. I believe that I am a better professional for it now. Being able to work in an ecosystem such as the tundra has been one of the coolest experiences I’ve had. I am always so proud to talk about the research I have been conducting and am always so happy when people are interested and happy about the data I am collecting. The cool animals I have encountered, like the pika, yellow-bellied marmot, and elk, will always have a special place in my heart. If there’s any takeaway you have from reading my blog, “Stay Off the Tundra!” 

Thank you again for the opportunity to be here! I’ll see you guys later! Peace out! <3

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