Students from the Department of Geography and Geology recently attended an international event around creative thinking and leadership. Four students, Mollie Burns, Cameron Willetts, Lewis Cain and India Blythin travelled to Yellowstone National Park which saw them explore a curriculum relevant within the context of how a small town with responsibility for the economic development of its citizens ensures it protects the environment, to preserve the park for future generations.
Mollie Burns, who has just graduated from Edge Hill with a 1st Class Honours Degree said:
I was incredibly fortunate to have been one of the sixteen students chosen to experience the world’s first National Park, Yellowstone, for its outstanding natural beauty. Alongside capturing a range of animals including bison, coyotes and bears in the wild; I was also able to travel to some of Yellowstone’s greatest destinations with my favourite being the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Here, I was able to appreciate how truly mesmerising Yellowstone National Park was.
Students had to apply through the Edge Hill University Student Opportunity Fund; an exciting initiative which contributes financial support to help students take part in activities which enhance employability and develop transferable skills. This opportunity is available to all Edge Hill students to help develop critical thinking skills alongside multi-discipline international team-working with partnered university Montclair State.
Cameron Willetts, who has just completed his 2nd year on the BSc Geography programme said:
I discovered the potential trip to Yellowstone during careers week in my second year. As a Geographer and an outdoor enthusiast, the possibility of being able to visit an American National Park was one that I could not pass up, especially since it was Yellowstone.
The premise of the trip was to experience, understand and learn about not only the park and its varied uses but about the local people and their experiences. Aswell as this, we lived and spent time with a group of students from Montclair State University, all of whom were brilliant and as equally passionate about the trip as we Edge Hill students were.
Were it not for the invaluable help of the Geography department staff I would not have been able to take advantage of this great opportunity and I would like to express my sincere thanks.
The Student Opportunity Fund ensures that costs are not a barrier to students who want to make the most of their experience at Edge Hill University. It is clear that once in a lifetime experiences like this will leave a lasting impression on not only the students themselves, but the skills that were enhanced through this experience.
Mollie Burns said:
Moreover, I am also extremely grateful as this opportunity has not only allowed me to develop a range of new and vital skills such as critical thinking and adaptability, but it has further enabled me to enhance my teamworking skills – particularly through international multi-discipline exercises. These skills will prove hugely beneficial for my future career aim as a potential Soil Scientist working in laboratories across the world.
Overall, I would strongly encourage students of all years across all courses to consider applying for these amazing experiences supported by the International Office and the Student Opportunity Fund. I mean, you’ve got nothing to lose and perhaps a lot to gain!