The aftermath of Katy Hill.

Week 3

by Naomi Pitman, Greig Fields, and Clara Woolner

This week we started working with Andy Cassini from the University of Wisconsin who has been studying the critically endangered Monserrat Oriole for the past six years. Since the Soufriere Hills volcano erupted in 1997 it’s been estimated there are only 700 orioles left.

In our search for the oriole this week we hiked numerous trails and after a four hour hike to Katy Hill, the highest peak on the island, we successfully identified a few Montserrat Orioles by its distinctive orange belly. Then we spotted a number of other birds, including a Trembler by its… well, trembling, a Mangrove Cuckoo by its size and striped tail feathers, a Bananaquit by its incessant chirping and small yellow body, a Caribbean Elaenia by its striped wings and size, and Pearly-Eyed Thrasher the "super tramp" of birds, by its bright white eyes and need for attention.

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Jared Weiss If you are a senior, there are two questions you can expect to be asked at any given time on campus.

The first: “How’s your thesis going?”

This question is easier asked than answered. By November, some students have already altered the focus of their theses several times – often to the chagrin of thesis advisors. Those that know what they are doing haven’t necessarily done what they are doing. It is the typical senior thesis process: Get caught up in all kinds of other work and obligations for several months, suddenly realize, “Oh wait… that thesis thing… I should be doing that,” then freak out and scramble to meet the thesis deadlines you set with your advisors. No amount of planning can really prevent this from happening, as work obligations and unexpected distractions inevitably interfere.

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The whole team on top of a ridge in the arid north of the island.

Week 2

by Ian Hetterich, Nate Shoobs, and Nathan Sadowsky

Our second week in Montserrat began pretty much like any other day in a Simon’s Rock classroom. We were all gathered around a table with our professors, engaged in active discussion, much like we would have been at school. Everything seemed normal, until you looked up and saw the gorgeous view of the Caribbean Sea from the deck we were sitting on.

The topic of the day’s discussion was Charles Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle, particularly the depth and array of his observations during the voyage, which led us to talking about our own papers. Earlier that morning we received our formal assignments for our final papers. The papers could be on almost anything we wanted, from describing the trip as a whole and our studies with the professors, to discussing a side project embarked upon, examining a specific species on the island, or even looking at the intriguing agricultural situation on Montserrat. With this in mind, many of us spent the week focusing on our own side projects and going on group expeditions.

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“Only one year left!”

Bethany Geiger ‘10, Johanna Schwartz ’10, and Jennifer Edwards ’13That’s the thought that keeps pounding in my head. Just one year to do everything you still want to do!! It’s not so much a “last-minute” scramble as a “last year” scramble as I try to fit in all the Simon’s Rock experiences I’ve always wanted to have.

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Jared WeissIt’s senior year, and like all of my senior friends, I find myself drawing ever closer to a crossroads in my life.  Soon I will be departing the place that I have called home for much of the past three years and counting, and will venture into a currently uncertain future.  It’s a daunting yet inevitable change that we all must confront eventually, and as we contemplate what is to come, we tend to reflect on what has come before.

That’s the melodramatic way of looking at it anyway.  Full disclosure:  I’m not one for melodrama, and I really just used that setup so I could make an Eric Clapton/Robert Johnson reference in the title.  Anyway, let me tell you a little bit about myself and how I’ve gotten to this point.

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Pearl Weggler VBlog Sophomore Pearl Weggler shares her thoughts on starting sophomore year, working as a Peer Advocate, her course work, and more!

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