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Haub School Student, Cori Terry, Travels Abroad to the Canary Islands

September 24, 2019

Students study abroad in Spain

My first time traveling abroad was with the Haub School. January of 2019, I was able to visit Tenerife in the Canary Islands. I was a little hesitant because I did not speak Spanish very well, I knew nothing about traveling, and it can be a bit intimidating. However, the faculty-directed field course provided the perfect opportunity to travel without the normal frustrations. For the first time in my life, it finally seemed possible to travel. The cost was extremely reasonable, I didn’t have to make all travel arrangements, and I knew I would be in a safe environment.

My expectations upon arrival were by far exceeded. Our host was amazing. The food was amazing. The location was BEAUTIFUL. The trip began with all sorts of fun: parades, the beach, and lots of volleyball.

I was concerned that the rest of the time would be filled with long days of class time, but I could not have been more wrong. We got to see and explore nearly the entire island. Beautiful hikes and drives allowed us to see the unique ecosystems on the island. Each day had a topic or theme. We started the day with class in a beautiful outdoor classroom. The crisp morning air, a cup of coffee, and sunrise view over the mountains and palm trees could not have been topped. I wish I could have every class, every day, for the rest of my life in this space. Following a brief morning lecture, we would head out into the field to explore all that this island had to offer.

My greatest interests are in water management, so naturally the day we learned about water management on the island was my favorite day. The practices of extracting water from the island were unlike anything I have ever seen, so it was very informative. Another one of my favorite days was the hike through Anaga National Park. On this one hike alone, we passed through three different ecosystems. This was especially interesting because the vegetation was unlike anything I had ever seen. While these were my favorite days, I still learned so much during the rest of my time in country. Some days of class were pretty short, so there was still time to relax or do some exploration of our own. I thought it was the perfect balance. 

The professors for this course are very knowledgeable about local topics and issues. There are many challenges that they face there that I had never imagined, and the professors were eager to answer our questions. I cannot imagine a better learning environment.

This experience was enlightening, challenging, and inspiring. I am extremely grateful I had people around me that made traveling so manageable for my first time. This experience inspired me to continue to step out of my comfort zone. I traveled to five more countries in the five months that followed. I was taught not only about environmental assessment; I learned about the world and the significance of travel.

Story from Haub School student Cori Terry. Pictured: Cori Terry & Addi Marr

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