Kimberly, Guatemala

Kimberly is a junior double major in biological sciences and chemistry in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. As part of SMU Engaged Learning, she is conducting an Unbridled Project in Guatemala during 2012-13. She plans to research health-related traditions, beliefs and practices in the indigenous Mayan community and evaluate how these values and beliefs occasionally clash with Western medicine. Before heading to Guatemala, she is studying at SMU-in-Taos.

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The finish line

As my time in Taos grows closer to the end finally I can see the finish line. When I first arrived on campus, the finish line seemed so far in the distance that I thought it would take forever to approach it. However, as the month has passed by, I have moved closer and closer to the line. Just this weekend I began working on my final research paper for Parasitology. Little did I know that I would write and complete it in the same day!

Since I have just finished my final paper for my parasitology class, all that is left for me to review the edits and make the appropriate changes. My research paper is entitled: Habitat correlates with the spatial distribution of ectoparasites on Peromyscus in the northern central region of New Mexico. Long title right? I tried thinking of a way to shorten it but after much pondering I kept coming back to my original title and so it stays. I cannot express how excited and proud I am that I have finished my final paper. It is 10 pages long and includes, charts and graphs! Below is a screen shot from my computer of my final paper.

I cannot believe that all the research that was completed in the month is now over. As I look back and reflect on my research completed here, I remember setting mouse traps in the rain, cutting through sagebrush, getting lost in the woods and splashing through the creek in my galoshes.

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