Recently, an opportunity has surfaced to talk publicly about what I do as an Environment for the Americas Intern, the area that I’m working in, research being conducted in the area, and of course, topics relating to birds. It’s a great opportunity, to say the least. I’ll be talking to a small group of college students in a course called “Ecology of Esturaie and Marine Birds” from OSU. Today, talking to a group doesn’t seem to bring a terrifying feeling as it did only a few months ago.

The opportunity gave me a time to reflect upon the college lectures that I either sat in on or participated in. Each area gave its own version of the presentation, but it commonly came in the form of a PowerPoint presentation. Not saying that PowerPoint presentations are inappropriate, but in this case, a lecture walk served as the best way to communicate my information.

Although I am drifting away from what I originally thought my career would be at this point, I am actually excited to be doing this! It was a good way to talk to the class about opprotunities that are out there to help with life after college (such as programs like Environemnt for the Americas) and interacting with the public. It’s one thing to conduct research out in remote fields or sites but it’s also very important to know how to convey what your doing with your research as well as how to deal with visitors that don’t share the same enthusialm for it. It’s a factor that I think isn’t really taught or practiced too much in college but serves vital in todays world. People are curious and if we can leave the interested and informed without sounding like we’re talking down to them, then that’s one more person in the know. To me, that makes it all worth it.

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