HONS GNED 495 Explore Stewardship Yellowstone (Summer 2019)
To this day, I still consider this trip one of my favorite parts about Longwood. I signed up for this trip because I knew I wanted to go on a “famous” Brock Experience. Everyone had talked about them or had gone on one, so I wanted to experience it for myself. When they released information saying the class would be counted as both an honors credit and a perspective class, there was no more questioning, I applied immediately.
Going on the trip opened up my eyes in many ways. Being forced to learn from a different perspective than what I was used to, is something I was not excited for at first, but it is something I am grateful for. They specifically put us in a “lens” group that was outside of our major or interest. This allowed us to think more critically and learn more than we would have if it would have been something we were more comfortable with. I was placed in the economics group. We talked a lot about how things were advertised and how tourism affected the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and normally I would not care about those things. However, after this course I believe looking at things from that perspective really changes how I view things now. It added to my vision of the world.
I also gained so many new relationships while I was on this trip. I am still in close contact what my “pack” and look back at the pictures I took on a weekly basis. This was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget. I can go to Yellowstone again, but I can never experience it like I did when I went with Longwood. The connections they had there made our trip so unique compared to others and we met so many incredible people along the way. If I had the opportunity to go on another Longwood trip, I would not pass it up because of this exact reason.
Above is the final paper that I wrote. We each had to write a book chapter that was inspired by the “American Wolf”, which was the book we read for the class. We had to write about our focus area and mine were wild horses.