I want adventure in the great, wide somewhere.
Bonus points for whoever can tell me where that quote is from (Hint: think Disney)!
As many of you know, I recently graduated with a degree in anthropology from Ithaca College. My college career was everything I could have hoped for and although I will definitely miss it, I am way excited to begin the next chapter of my career!
I spent the latter half of my senior year and most of my summer applying to jobs and assistantships around the world. I have been offered a few–some were pretty scary (i.e. being warned that I might be attacked by poachers with machetes in my sleep) and some were just too expensive. The type of work that I dream of is pretty expensive and field workers are almost always asked to pay their way (flight, vaccines, visa, in-country transport, housing, food, research supplies, etc) and for someone who just graduated and paid for college, that part of it is pretty tough. But, I’m proof that sending out about a million and a half applications and hearing back from approximately six of them is worth it.
Currently I am spending my summer at home, working in the admissions department of the local zoo. It’s less than glamorous but the girls I work with make it fun! I also volunteer with the primates one day a week. On that day, I clean their indoor and outdoor habitats, feed them, and do some behavioral enrichments. I am also a part of the social media team of a primate conservation organization called Selamatkan Yaki. In this position, I read scientific journals and synthesize them into ways the general public can understand and upload those to facebook and twitter. Additionally, I am working on some grants for them.
But the most exciting thing I have to share is that I will be moving to Bend, Oregon from September-December this year to begin an internship with Chimps Inc. This internship consists of animal husbandry and some education (i.e. I will be completing a research project for the sanctuary staff and Board of Directors).
So, this post is really just to update the world on all that has been happening since my field work in Kenya. I’m excited to be headed to Oregon and can’t wait to share that experience with this little piece of the internet!