Today started off with presentations of our research projects. I was honestly extremely nervous about presenting today. Bryce and I finished our presentation literally 10 minutes before we had to meet in the seminar room to present it. We had worked on it last night until about 2:00am, but ended up changing pretty much the entire thing! Also, we were very distracted, surprise surprise right? One of the last groups to go, I was nervous mostly because everyone's projects were so great! Interesting, scientific, well thought out, all that jazz. In the end, our presentation actually went really great! We even won the "Best Presentation Award" from Edd and Trisha! Even though we may have thrown our project together last second, we spent a lot of time analyzing our data and writing our report--and we were passionate about our research--and I think that is what made our presentation great. Also, all that procrastination was filled with quality laughs and conversations, so I think we were just able to flow together well given all the time we've had to be together these last few days.
After presentations and lunch we all decided it would be fun to play Hide and Go-Seek Tag. Now, if anyone from back home is reading this, you know night games were the thing to do in Mesquite. And I loved them, and shoutout to my bestie Jessica for always being my ninja partner and preparing me for today. We started out with just one person as "It" to come hunt for all of us hiders, and then once found you had to team up with the person who found you to find the remaining people. I hid for about 5 minutes and then just decided to wander around. If I heard people coming I would just step behind a tree or a bush until they passed and then continue on my merry way. Almost everyone passed me at least once without noticing me. I distinctly remember thinking to myself as I walked the beach "The thing with games like these is you never know if you've won or not." I saw Pat (our cook) out collecting plastic on the beach and talked to him for a while (he is a wise man), and then went and sat down at the shoreline to look at some cowhead stingrays. Next thing I knew, Audree and Tia showed up screaming "YOU'RE ALIVE!!" "I won?" I asked, "By about 40 minutes, yeah you won! Everyone's been looking for you--WHERE WERE YOU." Just walking, wandering, doing my Sienna thing. (P.S Shoutout to Bryce who never got the memo that I was found and kept looking for me for about an hour. He's a true homie.)
Once everyone knew I wasn't dead, we went out and watched the sunset on Heron Island one last time. The water was warm, and the sun was blindingly bright. We played cards and took a night walk to look up at the stars. I truly adore every single person that came on this trip. I don't know what I did in life to get to take place in such an amazing experience, on a beautiful island with some of the greatest people I've ever met. We haven't even said Goodbye yet, and we're already planning a reunion the second Fall semester starts. I came out here to learn about coral reefs, to learn about what I want for my future, and for experience. I'm leaving with a reaffirmation that I am in the field I am passionate about, I am excited for the future because I have hope for this world, and most importantly I am leaving with lifelong friends and a heart that is full of love and light.
I am a Wildlife Science major with a minor in Philosophy at USU. I am passionate about studying and conserving our planet. I love to travel and explore and meet new people. My hobbies include hiking, doodling, yoga and doing my best to make the people around me smile!