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Tonyisha Harris

Loyola University Chicago
Galápagos Islands Direct Enrollment - GAIAS

I attend Loyola University Chicago and am majoring in environmental science with a chemistry minor. When I’m not studying, I’m planning events and handling communications for the Student Environmental Alliance club. This has included cultivating previous journalism experience into scientific literature or publications. I try to keep busy with internships and campus events.

Besides academics, I enjoy being with friends and unwinding with video games, a book or TV. My favorite games are multiplayer and I binge watched Orange is the New Black in two days. I love being out in nature and try to go on adventures.

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October 13, 2017

I expected the Tiputini Biostation to be rustic, low tech, bare cabins full of bugs and lacking most comforts. Basically, a camping setup. However, the facilities pleasantly surprised me. The dining area was large and always had drinks, fruit and snacks laid out.

September 24, 2017

Five weeks in Ecuador has taken me to more ecosystems than 20 years in the States. Whether its planning a weekend adventure with my friends or spending hours on a bus with my classmates, I have welcomed the ever-changing landscapes and wildlife.

August 21, 2017

Disclaimer: I am only sharing my observations, feelings and experiences. I cannot and do not speak for everyone.

"Are there any boys?" one student said aloud.

"Are there any minorities?" I thought to myself.

August 15, 2017

My plane trip here went very smoothly and wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. The airport had a lot of bilungual personel. The pilots, flight attendants and staff at the UIO airport spoke both Spanish and English. The transition from English to Spanish was immediate when I left the plane.

August 7, 2017

As someone who has barely left my hometown, I would say I'm not versed in international travel. Preparing for the Galapagos Islands has been a time of many firsts. My first time considering going abroad. My first time applying for a passport.