October 2012

My roommate

Have been continuing my research, running my own transects, and collecting data. Everyone here is great and I will soon have my lap top. That means that I will be able to start my papers, and if all works well, I plan to try and publish my research. When I return home there is a lot to deal with including finding a job, saving money for my return to Kenya, focusing on school and taking the GRE, while simultaneously looking for a job and a way to continue my education in Kenya. As much as I am getting done here, I know that returning home will more than fill my schedule. The fact that I do not want to leave, and the daunting task ahead of me, have my head spinning. I love and miss my family and hope that they are able to adjust to the changes that are coming.

Environmental Sciences senior, Mayeli Hensley, is spending the fall quarter doing research in Kenya as part of a UW Tacoma independent study abroad program.

Dr. Mark Pendras, assistant professor of Urban Studies, is currently leading a group of 12 UWT students on a field course abroad for the fall quarter.

Their time will be shared between the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Utrecht, with additional field trips via train to other Dutch cities and Hamburg Germany. The program explores spatial, architectural, historical, cultural, social, economic and political dimensions of urban dynamics in contemporary Europe.

Relaxing on the weekend

I need a laptop for my work and though I have bought a new one, it is still waiting to be shipped from the U.S. I have so much work to do and time is ticking away. On the good side, we started doing Bowman’s assessments of vegetation at the Mara today. I love doing research and even though this particular research is not my favorite topic, it's great to get the experience. It is also hard to see the days going by way too fast and every day that passes is one day less here and one day closer to having to leave. The thought hurts and drives me crazy!

Environmental Sciences senior, Mayeli Hensley, is spending the fall quarter doing research in Kenya as part of a UW Tacoma independent study abroad program.

Found a kitty

Have not been able to update you because all my stuff got jacked. About two weeks ago we (Kenya Wildlife Service) had a kiosk at the Mara Day celebration; it was a great success. We were to go to the Mara that day but decided it was too late to travel by the time we were done. Instead we went back to Narok for the night. We went out that evening and when we returned late from the club, we all went to bed. Sometime after we went to sleep, one of the ecologists and I were robbed. At least it wasn't just me, but the mac book pro, ipad, ipod and iphone along with my camera and shoes are gone. We did a police report and I have since ordered new things; I'm waiting for them to get shipped from the U.S. The biggest thing is having to spend a lot of money to continue my work. But I still love Kenya...kabisa(completely). More later.

Environmental Sciences senior, Mayeli Hensley, is spending the fall quarter doing research in Kenya as part of a UW Tacoma independent study abroad program.