Stories from the Field

2018 Shenandoah Scholars: Reflections

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The 2018 Shenandoah Alcoa Scholars in front of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.

There was a lot to be learned by this year's Alcoa Scholars experience. Hear from our Scholars on how the trip has impacted them in the long-term.

I have become more confident. Before this trip I was worried about hiking for 7 days but now that I have done it, in those trying weather conditions, I know that I can do anything if I put my mind to it.
Two female students looking into stream
Ellie (US) and Naomi (Australia) study macroinvertebrates in the water.
I am definitely more connected to nature. At first, I was nervous about meeting all new people from around the world, but they ended up being some of the greatest people I’ve ever met. This program has made my more comfortable with nature and a stronger leader.
Alcoa scholars in Shenandoah National Park
I feel that this experience has really opened me to a different way of science. It’s no longer just in the labs. It also taught me a lot about people, and I’ve developed better people skills from this trip.
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