I awake at 7:00 AM and dress myself. I am to be at breakfast at 7:30 AM. I eat toast, fruit, and a vanilla pancake.
After breakfast, I brush my teeth, shave, and clean myself for the day. I begin to study for my exam independently for a few minutes before we have lecture at 8:30 AM. Lecture goes well.
I leave for the library and study with three other students. We review fishes and other marine life required, and we study until five minutes before 12. I return to the lab three minutes early to take my examination. I feel apprehensive.
We are given two hours to complete the lecture. We are given a little over fifty images to identify with both common and scientific names from. I finish at three minutes under two hours. I leave feeling relieved that the exam is done, but am uncertain how well I have done.
After the exam. We have some free time, but will leave at 1:30 PM for another swim alongside a deeper end of the reef. I apply sunscreen and pack my belongings for the reef.
Similar to yesterday, we board our small watercraft and leave. Our swim goes well, and I see many different types of corals and fishes from our last reef excursion, which was at a different part of the reef. We are placed with the current against our movements, but fortunately we are not placed too far from current-neutral waters, and we swim well for the remainder of the reef trip.
At this point, I am very tired for the day, and approach the boat before many other students, and I sit and relax while the other students begin to board. We arrive at the island a little past 3:30 PM. I shower, put on dry clothing, and decide to relax for the rest of the afternoon, as today was one of our only days without afternoon assignments. I sit and play a game on my laptop for one and a half hours until dinner at 6:00.
Susie, another student on her trip, was having her birthday celebrated today. We had decided to ask the chef to bake her a cake and surprise her for when she arrives at the kitchen. Everything goes well, and the food and cake were magnificent.
At 8:00 PM, we begin a movie. I have never heard of it, nor do I know the rating (I assume rated R), but it was called "The Island." During this film, I write this blog post, heavily distracted. The film ends at 10:00 PM. I am off to bed.
My name is Serafin Cardeli. I am Twenty years old and studying to become a Conservation & Restoration Ecologist. I wish to combine education, outreach, and legitimate scientific research to better environmental health and increase public awareness through applicable and relatable methodology. I attempt to specialize in all Canids.