Rian Jackson (August 19, 2019): Getting Ready (July)

Hi! My name is Rian and I recently got accepted to the FSU Gap Year Fellows program. In May I graduated from High School and I am planing to pursue conservation work through three different volunteer opportunities. Mostly I am looking froward to my gap year plans which include a stay at a sub arctic research station, volunteering at a wild life recovery center for birds of prey and a WOOF-ing experience on a conservation property in the United Kingdom.

Over all, I am expecting this gap year to contribute to a better understanding of my future college direction. Another benefit will be getting to know some people who have not grown up or lived in the United States. A gap year seems to be a great time to explore different professions, cultures and climates. For the climate part, I’m eager to buy heavy duty winter gear as I awaiting my first winter snow storm and spring sleet. As a Florida native, this will be quite a shock! I have previously spent some time working on conservation projects with Earth Watch in the Andorran Pyrenees so these projects are a natural extension of that experience. In Andorra I learned about some basics of conservation research including bird netting and bird banding, and I hope to learn more during my upcoming travels.

For the next few months before leaving, I am working a job to help with expenses during my trip abroad. I am also gaining experience handling and providing veterinarian care to a variety of animals. This should be put to good use when helping to rehab wild raptors and wildlife on the conservation property. In my down time, I am continuing to research the volunteer programs I will be joining, the towns and organizations near by, as well as becoming best friends with my MS Excel expenses spreadsheet.

Published by Warren Oliver

CRE Associate Director for Global Programming

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