I want to start off by thanking Rutgers University for the amazing opportunity I had to study abroad with CCMI, Central Caribbean Marine Institute. The staff of CCMI were so welcoming and were prepared to dive right into the program. Dr. Gil Ouellette lead the course and I couldn’t have asked for someone to do a better job than he did.
Many great things have come out of my experience. I can now call an amazing group of students from all over the country and internationally great friends of mine, I am continuing scuba diving and advancing in certifications, I have gained invaluable research experience- both scientific diving and scientific poster creation, and the interns and I are planning to present our research at the Benthic Ecology Conference this coming Spring with the help of Dr. Gil Ouellette.