Today marked the final full day for BIOL 403 students on Coconut Island. Due to the oncoming hurricanes, final presentations will take place one day earlier than expected. This has left many students hustling to polish up their papers and prepare their presentations.
The morning was dedicated to mopping floors, writing papers, and creating presentations. The dorms have never been so quiet, as each group was engrossed in finishing their project before 1 P.M. Charley, Lauren, Ku‘ulei, and Dr. Wedding graciously allotted time in the afternoon to hear our PowerPoints and provide individual feedback to help us prepare for tomorrow morning’s presentations. Countless aesthetic changes were made to presentation slides and ArcGIS maps, much to the chagrin of the crew. Nonetheless, the feedback that we received substantially helped each group to feel more prepared (though somewhat overwhelmed) and confident. After hours of staring at computers and going through slides, the students retired to their dorms with glassy eyes and hunched backs, reminiscing of the days when hours were dedicated to playing Heads-Up Seven Up and Mafia instead of waiting for ArcGIS to load or the internet to return after crashing.
It was then when members of BIOL 403 began the most difficult task of the course – packing and more cleaning. Almost like one of Wayne’s fluffy chickens, students ran around the dorms, packing their gear, hoarding their favorite snacks, and cleaning every visible surface. It was bitter sweet as cabinets emptied and suitcases filled. Everyone is excited to present in the morning, although the motives for each individual may differ. The presentations will mark the end of BIOL 403 for this year and an incredible weight being lifted from our shoulders. Some long for their beds at home, others dream of being able to sleep in without having to plug and bail boats by 9 A.M. The final sprint to the finish line has begun. Get your cameras ready – it’s sure to be a photo finish.