Tanzania: Bio of Eco-Health
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Abigail Frey

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Other Major: Biology
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Ligonier, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

We were immersed in the culture and beauty of Tanzania through game drives and interactions with the Hadzabe and Masaai tribes. We saw many different animals in their natural habitats and got to learn about Tanzanian policies and way of life.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience showed me that academic experiences aren't always about collecting tangible data, like measurements or numbers. We got to learn so much about different animals and cultures through stories, conversations, and oobservations. This experience has taught me the value of forming relationships with people you meet and watching them, animals, and landscapes with an open mind. It's not about what I expect to find, it's about what I am experiencing or observing in the moment.

"This experience has fueled a fire in me that I didn't know existed that wants to pursue a career in animal conservation."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has fueled a fire in me that I didn't know existed that wants to pursue a career in animal conservation. I enjoyed doing field work in all of the areas of Tanzania that we traveled to. I love how animal observation studies are like puzzles; you have to first watch the animals, figure out specific behaviors that are curious, and then find a way to measure those into variables. Animals in the wild are not confined to any restrictions, so I like that it may not always be easy to figure out how to study them.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts helped me go into this experiences whole-heartedly by providing enrichment funds. I was able to worry less about finances and more about immersing myself fully into each experience. It was a great weight off of my shoulders and allowed me to let myself enjoy every moment.

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