Meet Morgan Register: Exploring Biological Sciences in the Bahamas
Program and Location:
Biological Science on Andros Island; Andros Island, Bahamas
Why did you choose to study abroad?
I chose to study abroad to broaden my horizons and learn how to conduct a research project from beginning to end.
What did you learn about yourself?
I learned I can do push myself farther than I ever thought, whether that be in the form of communicating with complete strangers, conquering fears, or writing an entire research paper based on only data my group members and I collected.
What was one of your favorite parts of your program?
My favorite part of the program was that not only did I enjoy myself, but I gained such a powerful educational experience out of the trip that I didn’t really realize could happen. Especially in regards to cultural immersion.
What advice do you have to future study abroad students?
I would advise anyone looking for a study abroad to pick one that sounds appealing but may also terrify you just the slightest. If you don’t push yourself out of your comfort zone, your experience will not be all that it can be.
How did your study abroad experience prepare you for your future career?
This particular study abroad taught me valuable research techniques that as I become a biologist and researcher, are essential. I will be able to come out knowing the difficulties or getting research produced and published, as well as learn the ins and outs of getting the foundation for any research project.
Were you surprised by anything during your time abroad?
I was surprised by the culture being so accepting of Americans coming to live among them and their pure acceptance and trust they had in us.
How were your classes abroad different than if you would have taken them at NC State? Did you take any field trips or do anything outside of the traditional classroom?
Everything we did was outside of a traditional classroom. All of our teachings and classes were directly hands on and in the field.
Would you do it again?
In what ways did your identity have an impact on your experience abroad?
It introduced me to a whole new perspective that I never would’ve gained from staying at home.
Is there any advice you would give to other students who share your identity?
Reach out, try anything and everything, all that can happen is you decide to only try it once. But at least you know.
Where did you find support to navigate any challenges you faced abroad?
Study Abroad Office