"I am glad I went on this trip. I have learned a lot, not only about the animals and
the science but also a new appreciation towards what I have in life and how to deal
with things and people that I found struggle with life. Compared to the people of
Ethiopia, I am a SUPER LUCKY girl!!! Thank you for everything, Prof. Tuaillon."
"Education has always been something central to my family and upbringing. Raised in
a protective environment, my studies, particularly in science, have always been my
way to satisfy a sense of curiosity and exploration. As an undergraduate at CUNY Queens
College, I was given the opportunity to study abroad (through NCC) and receive credit
for what always piqued my interest. I couldn't pass up the chance to apply what I
was limited to learning in textbooks and possibly my local parks. My trip to Ethiopia
was a turning point, not only in my academic career, but my life. The overall experience
was spiritually and culturally enriching, and intensely impacted where my true passions
lie in biology. It motivated my interests towards a higher degree, ultimately achieving
a Master's degree."