Geosciences Field Camp - Nepal
One of the requirements of a PLU Giosciences major is to complete a field camp. These students are known to attended field camps all over the world, as was the case with women’s soccer midfielder Blake Warner. Blake chose to take the journey to Nepal this past summer to complete this requirement. Below she answers questions about her experience and what she took from it.
Describe a typical day on your trip.
Over the seven weeks of my trip, I spent my time in many different ways because of the multiple courses I took during the study abroad session. The first three weeks were spent waking up at 6:30am and hiking all day while stopping to record geological observations along the Kali Ghandaki Valley. The next two weeks were spent climbing and assessing landslides. The final weeks were spent collecting data and creating a field study project.
Why did you choose Nepal and what was the most rewarding experience during your time there?
I wanted to study in Nepal because my life goal is to see the world and this opportunity lined up with where I am in my life right now. I was able to complete my field camp and see a new country. The most rewarding part of this experience was meeting and learning from the Nepali students and professors.
Can you pinpoint one highlight of the trip?
The highlight of this trip for me was getting to spend time outdoors walking through the Himalayas. There is something magical about the grandness of the mountains and the inexplicable feeling you get being disconnected from society. This was made special because most days it was cloudy, but one day the skies were clear and the Annapurna Mountain Range was in full view and witnessing that with my classmates was indescribable. Outside of studying, we visited many historical and religious sites. Learning more about the Nepali culture was fascinating because it is so different from my own.
How has this experience prepared you for life after college?
This experience has given me the tools to be independent in order to be confident in traveling on my own, assimilating to foreign cultures and working in groups with people I have just met.